Our Teachers

   

NIKKI WILKINSON

Nikki is the Director, Principal Teacher and Creative Director at AMJAZZ. She teaches Jazz, Contemporary, and Aerial Body Conditioning. Nikki has been dancing since the age of four and has been classically trained in RAD Ballet and has achieved all of the AJDA levels and the BBDS Hip Hop levels. Nikki has been teaching for over 19 years and her experience in dance has lead her to a position as a national AJDA examiner and choreographer.
Nikki also dances professionally – she has danced in theatre productions outside of the studio, choreographed for local productions and has taught at many dance workshops throughout NZ. She is the choreographer and director for our AMJAZZ Creative Dance Performance group.

PAM SHANKS

Pam has been dancing since the age of eight years and has been classically trained in RAD Ballet and has achieved NZ Modern to Intermediate levels, and American Jazz to Solo Seal. She has passed both American Tap exams and BBDS Hip Hop exams.
Pam has choreographed and danced professionally in theatre productions outside of the dance studio. With over 20 years of teaching experience behind her, Pam is now happy to pass on her dance knowledge to her up and coming teachers and dancers.

AMJAZZ STAFF for 2020

Nikki Wilkinson – Jazz, Performance Class, Aerial Body Conditioning
Sandra Blackledge – Administration
Pam Shanks – Jazz Technique
Bronwyn Woolford – Mini Movers, Pre Intro Jazz
Tamzin Coffin – Contemporary, Acro, Junior Hip Hop
Madelyn Skilton – Hip Hop, Tap and Choreography
Erykha Levae – Hip Hop
Thacia van Arendonk – Hip Hop Technique and Hip Hop Crew
Keriana Whatarau – Tap
Jane Trask – Aerial Body Conditioning
Gina Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen – Kids and Teen Aerial Dance
Phoebe Gower-Rudman – Aerial Body Conditioning
Jess Taylor – Hip Hop

 

BRONWYN WOOLFORD

Bronwyn started dancing at the age of 5, training in Tap and Ballet until she was 16 years old. Bronwyn then joined the AMJAZZ family 21years ago completing the AJDA syllabus, sitting exams and performing outside of the studio and has recently taken up Hip Hop for a challenge. Bronwyn is trained in and has taught Early Childhood, and in 2007 Bronwyn became the senior teacher for AMJAZZ Mini Movers classes (preschool students). Bronwyn also teaches AMJAZZ Pre Intro Jazz and takes solo competition classes for students who want to compete individually with very rewarding results. Bronwyn loves her job and is looking forward to what each new term brings!

TAMZIN COFFIN

Tamzin has been dancing with AMJAZZ since 2012. She is trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap and Aerial Body Conditioning. Tamzin has completed her teacher training and has successfully entered dancers into dance exams and production work for both Contemporary and AcroDance .
Tamzin’s talent and dedication leads her to Honours/Distinction exam marks in all genres. In 2017 and 2019 Tamzin was awarded the top mark in Asia/Pacific for her APDA Contemporary examinations and in 2018 and 2019 she was again awarded a Top Tier award in Asia/Pacific for her APDA Contemporary examinations and ADPA Hip Hop examinations.
Tamzin is a active member of our AMJAZZ Creative group, performing outside of the studio for both corporate and community events.
Tamzin was a competitive gymnast for five years, and was third in NZ for trampolining in 2009.

JANE TRASK

Jane Trask is a Secondary school Dance and Physical Education Teacher with 13 years experience teaching Dance in two Rotorua high schools. She has danced since she was 4 years old and has been a part of the AMJAZZ family for 30 years! Jane has also taught various classes at AMJAZZ Dance studios, including relieving, over the past 12 years. Jane completed a Bachelors degree in Sport and Leisure Studies, Communication and Journalism, along with her Gradute Diploma of Physical Education and Dance Teaching. She has been a National Dance Moderator of NCEA for over 8 years.  Jane has completed all of the American Jazz Dance Syllabus including her Solo Seal and American Jazz Dance Teachers Certificate. Jane has also completed various exams in Ballet, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop as well as having experience in Yoga, Pilates and Pole Dancing for fitness.  Jane also ran the Bay of Plenty Steamers Cheerleaders  from 2006 – 2008. She loves to perform and teach students of all ages to dance and has choreographed for local high school and Rotorua Musical Theatre productions.  Jane has recently begun exploring a new direction in local journalism and opion writing and is enjoying the direction it brings. Jane also keeps busy being a mum to her two young boys, is a La Leche Leader, and loves to be active. She looks forward to teaching her third year of Aerial Yoga with AMJAZZ.

MADELYN SKILTON

Maddy has been dancing with AMJAZZ since 2009, where is has also taught and assisted for 4 years. She is trained and has teaching experience in Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap and Aerial Body Conditioning.
Completing teacher training, she has also successfully entered dancers into exams and production work in both Hip Hop and Contemporary.
Maddy’s dedication to dance has kept her exam marks at Honours and Distinction level throughout the years; completing all of the APDA Hip Hop and AJDA Jazz syllabi. In 2017, Maddy gained top marks in New Zealand her for Advanced Solo Jazz Exam.
In 2018, Maddy moved to Australia to pursue further training in dance and performing arts. She studied at APO Arts Academy Melbourne for 8 months where she gained additional training in Musical Theatre, Singing, Acting Ballt and Ballroom dance. Maddy was also hired to teach a Hip Hop Masterclass for an out of state dance school and several junior and senior Jazz and Hip Hop classes for Dance World Studios during her time in Melbourne.
To add to the list, Maddy also has experience in competition dance, yoga and is a qualified Personal Trainer!

ERYKHA LEVAE

Erykha has been dancing with AMJAZZ since she joined Hip Hop class in 2009 and then added in Jazz classes in 2013. Erykha completed the APDA Urban Ignition Hip Hop Syllbus in 2018 and looks to complete the AJDA Jazz syllabus in 2020.
After teaching for the first time in 2019, putting dancers through exams and choreographing for our annual production, Erykha has found a strong passion for teaching and is excited to continue with teaching in 2020.
Erykha is a member of our AMJAZZ Creative group performing outside of the studio for both corporate and community events.
Along with dancing, Erykha has a passion for Musical Theatre and has been involved with several productions on and off stage with the Rotorua Musical Theatre. And as hobbies when she isn’t dancing, Erykha loves to play musical instruments and paint random stuff around the house!


JESS TAYLOR

Jess has been dancing since she was 3 years old and joined AMJAZZ in 2011. She is trained in Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary and hopes to add more genres to this list! Jess also completed her teacher training with AMJAZZ in 2018.
In 2018 and 2019, Jess received a Top Tier Award for her APDA Hip Hop Examinations, meaning she placed in the top 5 in Asia/Pacific!
Jess has also received scholarships from national dance workshops and previously gained Distinction in her Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary examinations.

PHOEBE GOWER-RUDMAN

Phoebe started dancing at 7 years old, then joing AMJAZZ in 2011. She has trained in Jazz, Contemporary and Aerial Yoga during this time. Phoebe began her teacher training with AMJAZZ in 2017 and throughly enjoys passing on her passion for dance and aerial. Phoebe is an active member of our performance group, AMJAZZ Creative, performing outside of the studio for both coporate and community events.

GINA JANSEN VAN NIEUWENHUIZEN

Gina was born in South Africa and moved to New Zealnd when she was 5 years old. She started Hip Hop with AMJAZZ in 2012 and completed the Urban Ignition Hip Hop Syllabus in 2019. Throughout her time at AMJAZZ Gina has also trained in Contemporary and Aerial Conditioning, and taken on exta classes including Acro Dance, Senior Hip Hop Crew and Performance classes Gina has been a part of the AMJAZZ Creative performance crew, performing outside of the studio at corporate and community events. Gina was also part of our performance crew who toured New York and Orlando in 2018. Gina passsed on her passion for silks through teaching in 2019 and will continue in 2020. On the days out of the studio Gina enjoys outdoor adventures and palying with her dog.