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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.

Millie

Recreation & Onsite Instructor / Party Host

I began my dance training at the age of 3 in ballet, before soon falling in love jazz, tap and musical theatre at the age of 10. I am also trained in contemporary, hip hop and acrobatics.

I finished my dance training, gaining BAL Advanced Tap and AJDA Advanced 2 Jazz with Honours, and have become a certified teacher with AJDA. Not only do I love to dance, but I am also trained in acting and improvisation with the COurt Theatre, where I am a member of the Court Jesters and part of their education team.

I always endeavour to create a safe, fun and passionate dance environment where you can be yourself and I believe everyone can dance, no matter the ability as long as they believe in themselves and have fun!

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.

Gemma

Recreation & Onsite Instructor

Every Saturday night, when I was 4 years old, at 7pm I would put on my favourite skirt and dance for my family to the Lotto theme tune “We’re in the Money”. I have always had a passion for dance. My first dance lesson was at age 8 and I have studied jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap, musical theatre and hip hop in New Zealand, Australia, California and London. I absolutely love teaching dance and I’m so happy to be able to make it a full time career.

The classes at Pitter Patter are constantly helping me grow as a teacher. I’m learning new ways to communicate to young children. I love the energy they bring to every lesson and I always leave the classes feeling positive and rewarded.

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.

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 for Pitter Patter Parties means that I can encourage kids through dress up and dance to use their imagination and go on some awesome adventures right in the backyard!

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. In 2019, I will be heading into my third and final year at NASDA (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts). Being a party host brings me so much joy, seeing the kids smiling faces and watching their imagination, creativity and confidence take flight.

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!

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!

Caitlin

RECREATION & ONSITE INSTRUCTOR / PARTY HOST

At the age of 5, I was taken to my first ballet class and instantly fell in love. Through my time dancing I have fallen for Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Tap.

I am currently training towards my Advanced II Ballet Qualification for IDTA, with my Intermediate qualification with honours. I am also training towards my Pre-Associate One and Two teaching papers with IDTA. I am training in an Advanced II NZAMD Jazz class, along with having experience in NZAMD Contemporary. I not only love to dance, but also love to act and sing, with performances through North Canterbury Musicals.

My passion is performing, and I love sharing this with kids of all ages.

Christina

Recreation & Onsite Instructor / Party Host

I have been teaching dancing, all over North Canterbury, where I grew up, for 15 years. I have extensive experience working with children, in many capacities, such as coaching sports and childcare. Not only do I have a passion for dance, fitness and well-being, I also enjoy helping children build confidence, develop social skills, learn and grow in new environments and have fun while doing it.

I love teaching for Pitter Patter because I strongly believe in the values of this dance company. Developing children’s dance skills in a fun, friendly and caring manner is rewarding for everyone. The smiles on the children’s faces says it all.