Adele has been dancing since the age of 3 in the UK. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and contemporary dance; completing examinations up to and including Advance 2 with the British Theatre Dance Association and the Royal Academy of Dance. As a dancer, Adele spent a season with the UK National Youth Ballet working alongside Wayne Sleep, and has performed at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Sadlers’ Wells Theatre. Adele began teaching at 16 and has gained full qualification with the BTDA. As a teacher, Adele has had students earn places at Elmhurst Ballet School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the National Youth Dance Company, as well as The Royal Ballet School and English National Ballet School Associate programmes.
Anton Pulefale is a freelance choreographer and dancer from Auckland, New Zealand. Anton strives to constantly develop and push his craft to new boundaries. His choreography derives from various styles, mainly drawing inspiration from his Hip-Hip and Contemporary dance background. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Dance Studies at the University of Auckland. Previous teacher and dancer at Notorious Dance Company. He now teaches at various schools and studios around New Zealand.
Allie is a passionate performer who began dancing ballet at age 4 in the UK. She has experience teaching and assisting classes in jazz, contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre and was a choreographer for Rangitoto College’s Showquest team, winning the best choreography award after performing at Spark Arena. She has been a member of competition dance crews at Studio 246 and has been fully involved in school theatre shows such as Junior Shakespeare. In addition to being an aspiring musician, Allie loves helping kids grow and develop and is excited to be a part of The Dance Shed team!
Jade has trained at Neverland studios over previous years having many opportunities through hip hop dancing. She has travelled to Sydney, Melbourne and San Diego for dance, with her proudest achievement being competing in the World HipHop Championships. Jade has competed many times at Street Dance New Zealand (SDNZ) with different crews over the years. She has also previously led her school's Hip Hop Mega crew through to Nationals at SDNZ competitions. Jade is so excited to join The Dance Shed team and help give students the range of opportunities that she was lucky enough to experience.
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Sam has been dancing since the age of 6 years old, as well as taking examinations in contemporary and jazz, his passion is hip hop and he completed the Urban Ignite Dance Syllabus with the Asia Pacific Dance Association achieving honors at every level.
He completed NCEA level 1, 2 and 3 dance at Rangitoto College and was involved in Stage Challenge and various Shakespeare performances during his time there, taking lead character roles in senior productions. He was also runner up twice in the Rangitoto College’s Got talent competition with a duo and then a solo hip hop dance.
Sam has competed hip hop both nationally and internationally receiving outstanding results. He has been teaching hip hop for 3 years now at the Dance Shed (also relief teaching at other studios) and is looking forward to teaching a lot more in the future!
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Shontel has been dancing since the age of 3, training predominantly in jazz, ballet, lyrical and contemporary. After completing the JDNZ syllabus she turned her hand to APDA and received a top tier award in Jazz Addict in her first year. Outside of dancing, she graduated from the University of Auckland last year with a bachelor of urban planning and currently works in the industry. After six years of teaching, Shontel loves working with all ages and aims to create a nurturing environment where children feel comfortable to express themselves.
Natasha has been formally trained and examined in Jazz - JDNZ, Contemporary - NZAMD, Tap - ISTD and has also studied Ballet and Hip Hop. She is very passionate about creating pieces of movement that excite or challenge the viewer and tackle problems within our society, but also loves a good old-fashion musical. Natasha finds great joy in working with children and teens especially challenging and supporting them to meet their potential within the dancing forum. She tackles every situation or challenge that arises with determination and a smile. Currently studying at Unitec for a degree in Contemporary Dance, Tash has just gained her APDA Jazz Addict teaching certificate.
Valentina has been dancing since she was four years old. She has trained in a range of styles such as ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary, for which she received an NZAMD scholarship nomination in 2017. As a student of Rangitoto College, she received excellence endorsements in Dance for NCEA Level’s 2 and 3, as well as being a choreographer at the school for Ballet Troupe, Showquest, and the MidBays Festival in 2019. After discovering her passion for teaching and choreography, Valentina has been assisting and teaching since 2016, and is delighted to continue her journey with The Dance Shed!
Victoria Medina was born in Australia but was raised in Venezuela most of her life. She carries her family and her culture greatly with her. At the age of 16, she moved to New Zealand with her family. Aotearoa’s dance community generously opened its arms to her and her ideas. She earned a new passion for Hip Hop and Urban Styles. At this stage, Victoria understood she wanted to pursue a career in dance. She has several years of training in New Zealand, learning multiple dance styles, teaching different age ranges, and travelling nationally and internationally. Her creative works and choreography take inspiration from hispanic culture, fusing her expertise in Hip Hop and Urban Choreography. She hopes to inspire the new generation to understand their cultural identity and embrace it regardless where they stand.
Owner and Studio Manager
Pip has been involved with The Dance Shed since her children started dancing there in 2007. She became owner in term 3 of 2018 and is striving to continue to make the Dance Shed a warm and friendly place to dance, whilst still achieving top Australasian examination results. Her aim is to make dance accessible to all ages and abilities and is introducing new and exciting dance classes.