Meet the Team
Jacqui Cesan founded The Dance Studio and BoyzDance2 in 1999 and continues to teach and inspire young dancers. Jacqui has her postgraduate diploma in both Dance and Secondary Teaching and has been involved in the dance industry either as a performer, choreographer or teacher for most of her life. She has been involved with Street Dance New Zealand, Dance Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Northern Dance Network alongside co-founding YOUDANCE and Out Of The Box productions. Jacqui is the Director of Arts at Mount Albert Grammar School, and is passionate about the importance of dance, both in schools and as an extra-curricular.
Junior and Latin
Richie has been dancing since he was 5 and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop, completing major exams in jazz and tap. He has been a choreographer in the commercial dance sector for many years, including his role as Assistant Choreographer for the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony. Richie teaches in several schools as an itinerant teacher and is the director of BoyzDance2 company. He is also a foundation choreographer for the very successful ‘Out of the Box’ production which is a feature of Tempo Dance Festival each year.
In 2006 Richie co-founded TMC Dance Crew, which became one of NZ’s foremost hip hop dance crews, representing NZ at the World Hip Hop Champs in 2007 and again in 2009. Richie is also a member of the Identity Dance Crew who have previously won the New Zealand Hip Hop Championship and have won two silver medals at the World Hip Hop Champs in 2013 and 2014. Richie has been nominated three times for the TEMPO Dance Festival Young Choreographer award, and won in the award 2009. In 2015 Richie played a feature role in the New Zealand film Born
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Hip Hop, Junior and Tap
Ballet, Contemporary and Junior
Caitlin started dancing at the age of 3 at Auckland Academy of Dance, studying RAD Ballet to Advanced 2 and NZAMD Contemporary to Level 6, both with with Distinction. She was in the NZDC Youth Company, and the RNZB Mentor Program. Caitlin graduated from Unitec in 2015. Whilst there she performed in Lemi Ponifasio's work ‘I AM’ with Mau in the Auckland Arts Festival. Since graduating she has worked with Malia Johnston on ‘The Art of Colour’ and ‘Rushes’ which won multiple awards in Auckland Fringe. She choreographed and performed in the critically acclaimed show ‘Fabricate’, which was performed at Basement Theatre, Q Theatre for Tempo, NZ Fringe where it won the SYNZ tour ready award, Dunedin Fringe where it won Best Dance, and Sydney Fringe. She has also worked with Charles Koroneho, Foster Group (Sarah Foster-Sproull) on ‘Orchids’ and ‘Sisters of the Black Crow’, and Fidget Collective (Claire O'Neil) on ‘Extra Ordinary Humans’, among others. She is one half of ‘Catacular’, the dance show performed in a cat cafe. Caitlin was the recipient of two residencies for her full length work About Others, Basement Theatre’s research residency Ideas In Residence and the DANZ and Saint Kentigern Summer Development residency. About Others was performed in Tempo Dance Festival 2019 at Q Theatre. In 2019 she was also an ATLAS scholarship recipient for Impulstanz Dance Festival in Vienna. Caitlin is passionate about her students growing as people while enjoying their love for dance.
Contemporary and Jazz
Lucy completed her dance training at UNITEC, graduating with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance. During her studies, she was fortunate enough to work with many of New Zealand's most renowned contemporary choreographers. Straight out of graduation in 2011, Lucy was offered an internship with The New Zealand Dance Company and was appointed one of eight professional dancers in 2013. She has now danced with the company for seven years. During her time she has collaborated with a vast amount of choreographers from New Zealand and across the globe. Lucy has been fortunate enough to be involved with annual national tours across New Zealand, Australia (Australian Dance Festival), Germany (Tanzwochen Festival), and the prestigious Holland Dance Festival. Lucy has also performed at World of Wearable Arts Awards, WOMAD, SPLORE, Tempo Dance Festival, Short and Sweet, Auckland Fringe Festival, The New Zealand Body Arts Awards and has performed at various events with Diamond Entertainment and Vospertron.
Maddy started dancing at 3 years old where she continued until beginning her full-time dance training in Australia at the age of 14. During her time studying she received high distinctions in all of her RAD Ballet examinations while taking open classes in both Contemporary and Jazz technique. In 2011 Maddy was selected to begin her tertiary dance training at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington, beginning in 2012. After 2 years she graduated with a Certificate in Dance Performance, majoring in Contemporary Dance. In 2014, she moved to Auckland to further her dance training at Unitec, graduating with a Bachelor in Performing and Screen Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance in 2015. Since completing her tertiary education Maddy has performed and choreographed professionally in the contemporary dance industry and has loved teaching for the past 9 years. Throughout this time, she has also become a successful Stage Manager and Assistant Director in the New Zealand Theatre and Film industry. Maddy is thrilled to have the opportunity to pass on her knowledge and experience that has been integral in her own growth as a dancer and creative.
Celina (Cece) Torres
Celina trained in both ballet and jazz since the age of 5 and now currently trains in contemporary and hip hop dance. Her recent performances and choreographies include performing in the NZ made musical, ‘The City Of 100 Lovers’ directed by Tony Stimac, the NZ made children’s TV show, ‘The Exceptional Squad’, Okareka Dance Company’s work, ‘WIRED’ choreographed by Taiaroa Royal, Taane Mete and Sarah Foster-Sproull and DyCypher Productions’ show ‘4 Leaps 1 point’, in which she choreographed and performed in a piece called ‘Still Life’. Celina is also very invested in being a part of Identity Dance Company, competing with the world renowned hip hop crew IDCO. Competitions include the ‘World Hip Hop Championships’ (USA), ‘Dancers Paradise’ (Mexico) and the most recent ‘Upgrade’ (Australia) in which they placed 1st. She also participated in the ‘I Am Unbreakable’ NZ tour under this company. She has also trained many hip hop crews including Neverland Studios’ junior crew, ‘Khaos’ and varsity crew, ‘Tribe’ who have both qualified and competed for the World Hip Hop Championships.
Jazz and Tap
Morgan has a Bachelor of Dance Studies from the University of Auckland and has been dancing since the age of three. Morgan received her dance training from The Dance Studio where she sat all levels of NZAMD tap and jazz. She has been performing professionally in the commercial dance industry for the past six years. Morgan has been the choreographer of Saint Kentigern College’s middle school musicals and has recently returned from New York where she attended a workshop with the world-renowned dance company, The Rockettes.
Teaching: Contemporary & Jazz
Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts - Contemporary Dance from Unitec
Celia Hext is a freelance dance artist who graduated from the University of Auckland, as a Senior Scholar, with a Bachelor of Dance Studies in 2020. This year she was cast in Footnote Dance New Zealand’s 'A Floor, Some Thoughts and Us' and as an understudy for Foster Group’s ‘Double-Goer’ after receiving secondments with both companies in 2020. She recently completed the dance film ‘Chrysalis’, supported by New York Center for Ballet and the Arts in collaboration with Foster Group, Hannah Schneider, Aiyana Braun and the Oxford Alternative Orchestra. Celia was awarded a 2020/2021 Summer Choreographic Research Scholarship by the University of Auckland, was Company 605’s scholarship recipient in Vancouver, Canada in 2019 and has been a finalist at HHI World Hip Hop Dance Championships.
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Ballet and Contemporary
Danielle started dancing at the age of 3 training in Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz. She has completed RAD Ballet up to Adv 1, NZAMD Contemporary to Level 6, and NZAMD Jazz up to Solo Seal all with Distinction. Recently, in 2021, Danielle completed her Bachelor of Dance Studies degree at The University of Auckland and is set up to begin her Master's in 2022. Whilst in her undergraduate degree she also received the opportunity to do a secondment with Footnote Dance Company to extend her training in contemporary dance. Danielle has also received the NCEA Dance Scholarship and performed in festivals such as YouDance, Tempo, and the USASF Dance Worlds in Florida receiving a silver medal in the lyrical group division and bronze in the jazz group division with Mt Eden Ballet Academy in 2017.
Danielle is excited to be a part of The Dance Studio community and to continue developing and strengthening her love for teaching, as well as, extending her career in contemporary dance and choreography.
Acro, Jazz and Junior
Eleanor has been dancing since she was 3 years old and working at the Dance Studio since 2017. She has trained in Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. Eleanor has completed the NZAMD syllabus in Contemporary and Jazz and in 2018 received a NCEA dance scholarship. Eleanor has performed in YouDance Festival and Tempo Dance Festival. She continues to extend and develop her dance knowledge and experience with her studies and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with others.
Contemporary and Jazz
Issie started dancing at The Dance Studio at the age of 4. She has completed all levels of NZAMD contemporary and jazz including solo seal. She received multiple nominations for the NZAMD scholarship weekends held annually. Issie has also had training in Latin, Heels classes and ballet. She is a recent graduate of Unitec's Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts program majoring in Contemporary Dance. She was part of Momentum Productions “All That” jazz show in Tempo in 2015 and 2016 and danced on X Factor New Zealand in 2015. She was apart of “Grounded: Battle of the arts” in 2016 and 2017. In 2017 she danced in the show “Artimus” as part of the Auckland Fringe festival. She has just started working in the commercial dance industry with both Diamond Entertainment and Momentum Productions. At the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019 Issie was apart of the Breakers dance team with which she performed at the Breakers home games. in 2019 she was given the opportunity to do a secondment with the New Zealand Dance Company for 4 weeks. Issie is hoping to extend her career in contemporary dance and is excited for her future now she has graduated.
Dance for Film
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Maddie has been dancing since she was 3 years old here at The Dance Studio, where she has been trained in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary and lyrical. She has been competing since she was 6, representing The Dance Studio in many competitions including the National Young Performer of the Year finals in 2016. Maddie has completed both the jazz and contemporary NZAMD syllabi with multiple nominations. She has competed at the World Hip Hop Championships in USA 2 years in a row as a part Identity Dance Company, gaining a bronze medal in the varsity division with her dance crew “Masque” in 2018. Maddie is a member of Momentum Productions Professional Development group where she aims to continue growing as a dancer and teacher.
Leanne is an experienced tap dance teacher and choreographer. She has trained dancers of all levels in tap and jazz styles for over 25 years and is a national examiner for the American Jazz Dance Afiliation (AJDA) tap syllabus. Leanne trained in the South Island and has spent the last 15 years in Auckland in various teaching and management roles. Leanne is a dedicated teacher who believes dancing should be fun and accessible so that students may build self-confidence while nurturing the enjoyment of dance. She holds qualifications in the British Ballet Organisation (BBO) tap syllabus and the AJDA tap and jazz syllabus.
Hip Hop and Jazz
Rosa has been dancing for 13 years, she has trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop. She is passionate about dance and hopes to share this passion for dance with her students. Rosa has competed twice at the Hip Hop International World Championships, in 2015 with Swagganauts (Identity Dance Company) and 2016 with Khaos (Neverland Studios). Rosa is a member of Momentum Productions Pre-Professional Development Team and was part of their 2018 show “Duality”. Rosa currently works with Les Mills on their “Born to Move” program as a dancer and continues to pursue commercial dance opportunities.
Hip Hop and Tap
Manny started dancing at The Dance studio at the age of 4, learning all styles of dance at a beginner level. After 12 years, he has completed the NZAMD syllabus of tap and contemporary, earning solo seal in tap with a perfect score. Manny has been a crew member in identity dance company for 5 years as well as representing New Zealand 3 times at the Hip Hop Worlds Championship, placing top 5 in 2017 in the 9 man varsity crew Swagganauts. Manny has also competed in various tap competitions, winning various solo competitions and championships in ACDA, as well as recently winning the NZAMD scholarship Tap Championship after competing for 4 years.
Manager and Accounts
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Reception and Assistant
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Reception and Assistant
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