My name is Lenna Dickson and I wish to thank you for your interest in North Canterbury School of Dance. I am excited to be sharing my passion for dance with the people of North Canterbury and look forward to another great year of dance. I hope my dance story gives you a better understanding of who I am.
I first started dancing when I was five years old with the Russell School of Dance in Nelson. I studied ballet, jazz and contemporary sitting exams in NZAMD (New Zealand Association of Modern Dance) and BAL (Ballet Australasia Limited).
I taught ballet and jazz to students at the Russell School of Dance from 2002- 2004. I prepared them for the BAL and NZAMD exams, choreographed for the School’s end of year performance and also choreographed individuals’ competition dances.
In 2003 Christchurch nominated me as a representative at the Young Performer of the Year Award where I went on to dance at National New Zealand level in modern dance. I also qualified to dance at the Australian Show Case.
During my time overseas I participated in dance workshops and classes in England, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. I also worked within a performing arts team in Austria where I danced in famous musicals such as Les Miserable and Cats.
Since my return from overseas I have focused more upon teaching than performing. I have taught dance at Motueka High School and also Kaiapoi High School from year 9-13. I am now a qualified school teacher and enjoy combining my teaching and learning skills with dance.
In 2012 I was lucky enough to make a dream come true and I started my own Dance Academy, Dance Waimakariri, which is now called North Canterbury School of Dance. The students we teach vary greatly in ability and age ranging from 3 year old's to 65 year old's. We teach Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary classes to students in Culverden, Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Balcairn and Amberley. I have also taught a dance and movement group as part of an IHC programme for people of mixed ability. In Christchurch I run Dance programms for various primary schools with a focus on growing young peoples self esteem through the medium of modern dance and hip hop.
I have great joy in sharing this amazing form of art and creative expression with others and am forever learning about how powerful dance can be.
I love what I do!
NZAMD Registered Dance Teacher NZAMD Solo performance Dip GdipTchLn BRecEd
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North Canterbury School of Dance offers Pre School Dance Classes, Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Dance Classes for children, teenagers and adults in North Canterbury. Dance Classes are held in Waikuku, Amberley, Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Balcairn. Please email Lenna at firstname.lastname@example.org for further info.