Peta Spooner

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Principal

  • Examiner International Dance Teachers Association
  • F.I.D.T.A.Ballet
  • F.D.T.A.Mod/Jazz
  • F.I.D.T.A. Freestyle, Dance Ex. Dip (Hons)
  • A.I.S.T.D. Mod. (London)
  • Assoc. Dip. I.S.T.D. (Cecchetti) Ballet

While excellence is my goal, I strive to provide a positive learning environment for all students to enjoy.

My intention is for everybody to achieve, have the opportunity to perform, and to become an appreciative audience for others.

I pass on to all my teachers I train, my philosophy of integrity and fairness.

I am always extremely proud of my students, both past and present for their achievements.

My hope is for each student’s life to be richer for this experience.

Jane Pascoe

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  • F.I.D.T.A-Modern Jazz
  • L.I.D.T.A-Ballet
  • A.I.D.T.A-Theatre Craft
  • A.I.D.T.A-Freestyle
  • Dance Exercise Diploma (Hons)

With over 10 years of training and experience behind her Jane Pascoe is qualified to teach Modern Jazz, Classical Ballet, Theatre Craft, Power Yoga, Dance Exercise and Freestyle Dance.

Jane holds Fellowships in Modern Jazz and Classical Ballet. This is the highest teaching qualification obtainable in dance. Professional development is something Jane is totally committed to. It adds to the quality of teaching that is passed onto her students.

Jane’s breadth of experience ranges from Pre School to adults for recreation and professional Training and in 2011 she added Power Yoga to her list  of teaching qualifications. Her dance students and the wider community have responded enthusiastically to these classes and she is excited about the prospect of its future growth.

Jane currently teaches in Nelson, Richmond and Upper Moutere, along with schools and the wider community. The environment that is fostered throughout all the classes is quite unique; something Jane has taken from her training at Peta Spooner Academy of Dance.

Newcomers are always welcome.

Contact Jane for more information on Dance and Yoga classes in the areas she teaches in.

Elle Marquet

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Elle Marquet

F.I.D.T.A Ballet, I.D.T.A Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology

A passionate dancer from a young age, I was fortunate enough to join the Peta Spooner Academy of Dance in 2006 and have never looked back. Gaining my Fellowship Ballet qualification in 2012 was a career highlight and I look forward to further professional training under the mentoring of Peta.

Working full-time outside of the studio means I have spent the majority of my teaching career with senior students and whether it is choreography, exam preparation, syllabus or unseen work, I strive to keep classes fresh and unique. My goal is to share my own passion for dance in order to see that passion come alive in our students.

I thoroughly enjoy the rewards of teaching dance, the enjoyment our students get is second to none and while always aiming to achieve their best they make lifelong friends along the way.

Valerie Roche

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Valerie Roche

ARAD registered teacher

Valerie is a life member of the Royal Academy of Dance, she danced professionally as a member of the Alexandre Babes and the Lehmiski Ladies in Pantomimes in Birmingham England, her place of birth.

After emigrating to the United States in 1961, settling in Omaha Nebraska. She  established the Omaha Academy of Ballet (1962), the Omaha Ballet Company (1964) and the Dance program at Creighton University (1974), where she continued to teach until coming to New Zealand with her Kiwi husband Percy in 2002.

In addition to ballet Valerie has trained in tap, acrobatics, national character dance, musical theatre, and contemporary dance styles, She has Choreographed extensively for opera, and musicals as well as ballet productions. She has taught for Peta Spooner since 2004 and loves teaching enthusiastic students.

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