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Meet our team of experienced tutors

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Rosanne Sims (RAD RTS)
Principal/Director

Ballet/Contemporary/Jazz

Rosanne started dancing at the age of 4 years with Mt Eden Ballet Academy under the tuition of Dorothy Carter, Heather Palmer, Sheryl Orchard, Donna Fitzgerald, Pauline Tronson and Joan Webb. Here she enjoyed many years of classes, competitions, concerts and dancing opportunities in the Auckland area and abroad.

In 2004 Rosanne gained her RAD Registered teaching qualification. She set up and successfully ran Peninsula Pointe Ballet Academy in Stanmore Bay on the Coast offering ballet and jazz classes. She had to close the school due to family reasons, but continued to teach and choreograph throughout the Auckland area. Rosanne is often contacted to judge ballet competitions around the country.

Rosanne is a freelance choreographer and dancer, having appeared in such shows as Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Beauty and the Beast and alongside Tina Cross in Cats at the Civic Theatre in Auckland. Some choreography highlights include “Company”, Roger Hall’s “Love Off The Shelf”, “Guys & Dolls”, “My Fair Lady” to name a few and more recently, Phantom of the Opera at the Civic Theatre in Feb 2016 and Directed & Choreographed Jesus Christ Superstar for Centrestage Theatre in March 2018.

In 2017, Rosanne travelled to Sydney to train under Marie Walton-Mahon in the PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique) programme and is now a registered teacher for this programme.

It is Rosanne’s vision to bring quality dance tuition to the coast to help children realise their full potential, whilst opening their eyes to the world of possibilities dance has to offer.

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Rebekkah Schoonbeek-Berridge

Contemporary/Jazz/Heels/Musical Theatre

An in demand professional Dancer, Choreographer, Singer and Actress, Rebekkah has trained in Auckland and later in New York at “Broadway Dance Centre”.

Her choreographic work has been seen in many musicals, music videos, corporate events, and competition performances, She is heavily involved in the New Zealand dance education and has created and developed curriculums for multiple institutions. She created the NZQA Level 4 & 5 dance curriculum for Excel Performing Arts and was Head of Department there for 2 years. In 2015 she was awarded “Stand Out Female Performer” for her contemporary piece The Crickets Have Arthritis (Short + Sweet Dance Festival), and in 2016 completed a one-month Contemporary Indigenous Dance Residency at Banff Arts Centre in Canada.  In 2019, Rebekkah performed in at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Two Hearts with Laura Daniel and Joseph Moore.  Her theatre credits include Shortland Street The Musical, featuring on the original cast recording album, Pleasuredome the Musical, Chicago, Artemis, Gifted, Anything Goes and 42nd Street. She has appeared on television (X-Factor, Jono and Ben), in multiple music videos (Marlon Williams, Stan Walker, The Eversons), and for Les Mills Gym and Sky City Entertainment.

Rebekkah has danced for many live events (X-Factor, TV3 Awards, Blues Rugby) and has choreographed and danced for a number of festivals, including Tempo, Short + Sweet.

Founder of dynamic dance theatre company Luck & Schooney, Rebekkah is co-artistic director of the spectacular queer cabaret Night of the Queer.

Talia Howes

 Talia Howes

Contemporary/Jazz

Born in New Zealand, Talia has been dancing from a young age with years of training in Jazz, Contemporary, Tap and RAD Ballet.

Talia’s passion for contemporary dance sparked an interest in performing, researching, teaching and creating movement.  She graduated from the Bachelor of Dance Studies programme at the University of Auckland in 2019 and will be starting her Postgraduate studies in 2020 working towards her Bachelor of Dance Studies (Honours).

Talia has recently returned home from touring around Asia where she performed, taught and choreographed in cities including Shanghai and Singapore.

Over the years Talia has gained experience in performing for local community theatre productions and University of Auckland performance series (undergraduate and postgraduate shows) and is currently in rehearsals for “Spaces Amongst Us” choreographed by Rebekkah Schoonbeek, as part of Auckland Fringe Festival, being performed at TAPAC, Feb 2020.

“I have been so fortunate to work with inspiring mentors, tutors and collaborators that help foster my growth within this industry”.

Charlotte Gleeson

Ballet

Charlotte began dancing at the age of seven with Rosanne at Peninsula Pointe Ballet Academy. She then moved to Whangarei and initially danced with Tess Graham at Northern Ballet but then changed to Northern Dance Academy with Liz Russell when Tess retired.

In November 2012 she performed her first main role as Lise in Northern Dance Academy’s production of ‘La Fille mal gardée’. Charlotte was accepted into the Classical Stream at the New Zealand School of Dance in 2013.

At her time at  NZSD she was fortunate to be one of 22 dancers selected worldwide to attend the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in Boston, Massachusetts in 2015. In 2016 she was lucky to perform and tour with Royal New Zealand Ballet Company for their nationwide tour of ‘Giselle’. At the end of 2016 Charlotte graduated with a Diploma in Dance Performance.

In 2017 she was apart of the finishing year programme at Melbourne City Ballet. During this year her highlight was performing as Cinderella in the students end of year production. In 2018 she was accepted into Melbourne City Ballet Company as an Emerging Artist.

Over the year she performed many major roles including the Enchanted Fairy, White Cat, Red Riding Hood from ‘Sleeping Beauty’, Mikaela in ‘Carmen’, Suzuki from ‘Madame Butterfly’ and Dew Drop in ‘The Nutcracker’.  Charlotte performed her first principle role as Cho Cho in MCB’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ in August 2018.  At the end of the year she danced the role of Clara in ‘The Nutcracker’ which has always been a dream of hers to perform.  Charlotte also taught at Brunswick School of Dance and was a Ballet Mistress for Melbourne City Ballets Youth Company production of ‘Giselle’.

In 2019 Charlotte moved to the Philippines to dance with Ballet Manila.  While she was in Manila Charlotte performed with the company in ‘Chopinana’ February for their 23rd season. In March she was honoured to debut as Medora in ‘Le Corsaire’ in Ballet Manila’s student performance.

She has since then returned home to New Zealand and is so excited to be joining Fusion Dance Studio. Charlotte looks forward to teaching all the talented dancers at Fusion Dance and to share with them her knowledge and experiences.

 

 

 Rachel Harding

Tap

Rachel started dancing at the age of 3 and continued dancing with Bays School of Dance up until 2018.  She studied a variety of styles of dance, her main focus being her love of tap.

In 2018 she had completed all her BAL tap exams from Pre-Primary to Advanced, over a ten year period.  Throughout these years she also competed in tap competitions around New Zealand and Australia.

In 2019 Rachel completed her Level 8 NZAMD tap exam with Distinction and received a nomination for the NZAMD Nationals in Wellington.

In 2020, she will continue on to complete Level 9, finishing all the NZAMD tap exams.

Rachel also has a passion for Musical Theatre and has performed in many productions in and outside of school, such as Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, 42nd Street and Phantom of the Opera to name a few.

In May 2020, she will play the role of Rosalie Mullins the Kristin Senior School Production of School of Rock.

Rachel always looks forward to passing on her knowledge and love of tap to others, and is excited about her new teaching role at Fusion.

 

 

 Emma Hedgecock

Ballet/Jazz/Tap

Emma began dancing at the age of 3 at Peninsula Pointe Ballet Academy. She then went to Sole Movement and returned to dance with Rosanne at Fusion Dance Studio when it opened in 2012.

Emma has completed many syllabi including IDTA and NZAMD Tap, NZAMD Jazz, and NZAMD Contemporary and RAD Ballet through to Advanced 2.  Emma received nominations for the NZAMD national scholarship weekend in Jazz, Tap and Contemporary for multiple years and received 2nd Place in Jazz in both 2016 and 2017.

Emma received a nomination for modern dance at PACANZ in 2017 where she also competed as a troupe with her peers from Fusion Dance Studio, making it through to the finals. Emma also received the Runner Up Directors Award at Phoenix International Dance Workshop in 2017.

Emma’s love for choreography drove her to volunteer to collaborate on various Orewa College productions including Xanadu, Anything Goes, Much Ado about Nothing and many Dance Festivals. She also choreographed and directed Orewa College’s Stage Challenge in 2017.

Although Emma is currently completing her Bachelor of Science, she hopes to inspire and pass on her years of knowledge to young dancers and looks forward to teaching at Fusion Dance in 2020.