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Our Instructors

Emily

Director / Recreation & Onsite Instructor / Party Host

Like most little girls, I started dancing in a tutu at the age of 3 and I have never looked back. After training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, tap and hip hop, I started teaching at the age of 17. Twenty years later, I now have a list of experience as long as my arm. I have danced professionally as a cheerleader for the Paul Kelly Crusaders Cheerleaders, performed onstage in various productions and promotional events, featured in dozens of Bollywood films and music videos, owned and operated Rhythm Nation Dance Ltd and much more. During this time though, I discovered that what I enjoyed most was teaching the little ones.

There is nothing I enjoy more than seeing the exhilaration and sense of achievement on a child’s face when they master the skip or the two feet jump. The way they light up when given an opportunity to perform gives me that same feeling of achievement. The fact that I have an opportunity to make my passion my career, allows me to foster that same passion in the students I teach. I genuinely love what I do and I like to think that is reflected in my classes. Give me a space, music and children to teach and I am truly happy.

Nicole

PARTY HOST / RECREATION & ONSITE INSTRUCTOR

As a kid playing dress ups was one of my favorite things to do, whether it was putting on my princess dress and dancing around the lounge, or sliding on a mermaid’s tail and swimming around the garden. Growing up didn’t stop my love for playing pretend! Being a party host and instructor for Pitter Patter means that I can encourage kids through dress up and dance to use their imagination and go on some awesome adventures!

I have trained in many styles of dance which include Jazz, Musical theatre, Ballet, Contemporary and tap. In 2017, I moved to Christchurch from the Bay of Islands to pursue a career in musical theatre and graduated as a NASDA (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts) graduate in 2019. I was selected in 2020 to work with Disneyland as a host, but returned due to Covid and am lucky enough to be doing what I love right here in Canterbury.

Working with children brings me so much joy, seeing the kids smiling faces and watching their imagination, creativity and confidence take flight.

Stacy

Recreation & Onsite Instructor / Party Host

My name is Stacy May Goldsworthy and I am a fully qualified and registered teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education and am also a registered teacher with the New Zealand Teachers Council. I have been working in the Early Childhood sector for over 8 years. I have been teaching dance and yoga to children ages 2-15 for 15 years. I am a dancer myself and have been dancing for over 30 years. I am trained in Tap, Contemporary, Jazz and Ballet. I have danced throughout New Zealand, Australia and overseas.

My two passions are dance and young children and I have been lucky enough to be able to combine both into one amazing job. I believe that children should learn at their own pace and be able to express themselves through creativity and exploration. I love to guide children on the path they choose and then nurture each child’s individual abilities. Every child is unique and special and I am privileged to be able to be a part of the journey that all of the children I teach, take.

Jaime

Recreation Instructor

For as long as I can remember I have always been dancing. When I turned 5 my parents put me in my first ballet class and I never looked back. Over the past 15 years I have trained in both ballet and jazz, through the BBO, IDTA and NZAMD Dance Syllabi.

As I became older I realized I could combine my passion for dance with my love of teaching children and I began teaching dance at my local dance studio at age 16. Since then I have gained my Pre Associate 1 IDTA teaching qualification and have gained experience teaching exam work, choreographing for performances as well as continuing my own training in both ballet and jazz. I continue to explore my passion for teaching at University where I am currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning at a Primary School level. My dream is to become a qualified Primary School teacher while continuing to teach dance of course!

I love the energy and joy that children bring to the dance studio. For me, there’s nothing better than seeing a child come out of their shell and become more confident, not only with their dancing but in all aspects of their life. I love being able to be part of that process and am so excited to be part of the Pitter Patter family!

Amy

Recreation & Onsite Instructor

Hi my name is Amy and I have been dancing since the age of 4. My background training is in ballet, jazz, American tap and hip hop. I am a member of the NZAMD as a qualified tap & hip hop teacher. In 2001 I set up a performing arts school in Nelson & was the director of that for 10 years. During that time, my favourite classes to teach were the preschool classes.

I love seeing the enthusiasm of young children when they begin dance classes. My passion is to foster a child’s love of dance, their freedom to express themselves and to nurture the individual talent and gift of each child. Dancing has been my passion my whole life and I love that in my job I get to share that passion with others.

Amanda

Recreation & Onsite Instructor

My name is Amanda Ganev. I started dancing at age 5. My background training includes mostly RAD and BBO Ballet and Jazz Dance. During my years dancing I have performed in numerous stage productions and promotional ventures.

I also teach Adult ballet and primary school aged syllabus classes. I am a member of NZAMD and I am currently working towards a formal Ballet teaching qualification.

I believe that dancing in all its forms offers children a great way to express themselves and find confidence as they learn new skills and see great benefits that flow through into their school learning. I love to see those little smiling faces when it’s time for class. For me, there’s nothing better!