SHERENE

Drama and Singing Teacher

Sherene started singing before she could talk! She began singing lessons at the young age of seven and would sing at every opportunity she had. Realising that singing was a great passion of hers, she had private singing lessons from the age of 12 and continued this right through to college.

Sherene has performed as the lead singer in many London and UK shows such as The Lion King, Grease, Glee and Cinderella. She also toured the UK with a theatre company as the lead singer for numerous productions.


 

Ricki-Jane

Dance and Performing Arts teacher

Ricki-Jane's second home is on the stage whether it be dancing, singing, acting or a combination of all three. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Commercial Dance at the Whitireia Performing Arts School.Ricki-Jane initially developed her strong passion for performing arts through dance with classes in jazz, ballet and tap but this quickly expanded to a wide range of other styles. Alongside attending classes she has also spent 6 years teaching for the NZAMD Teaching Programme. Ricki-Jane is proud to have completed her NZAMD solo diploma. She also has been in a number of musicals including 'Grease', 'Chicago' and 'All Shook Up'. At school Ricki-Jane was heavily involved in Stage Challenge notably directing the performance in her final year. Looking towards the future Ricki-Jane is hoping to pursue dance professionally with aspirations of dancing on a cruise ship or even on the West End. Ricki-Jane is very excited to be the newest member of the Spotlight team and is looking forward to sharing her passion of performing arts with her students.


 

Shauni

Dance, Singing and Performing Arts Teacher

Shauni has been dancing since the age of six. Training in Tap & Jazz, she knew straight away that she wanted to be on stage for the rest of her life. While growing up, she competed weekly, while also perfecting her technique for NZAMD exams. At the age of 12 she began singing lessons and decided to incorporate song into her weekly competitions.

Shauni starred in her first show at the age of 12, in which she played July in the musical Annie. As soon as rehearsals began she realised her passion for performance, and knew she had to be in every musical possible. Since then she has starred in The Gleevent, 42nd Street (Phyllis), Hairspray (Amber) and Grease (Patty and Sandy understudy). Other performance highlights for Shauni are dancing at the Wellington Sevens for a number of years, being a Hurricanes Cheerleader and being a dancer in the Tommy Love Valentines show.

Once Shauni completed college, she went to Wellington Performing Arts Centre to study Commercial Dance. She gained a Diploma, but decided to go back a few years later to further her study. She now has a Bachelor of Arts.  

Still performing every weekend, Shauni is in a singing group called The Hollywoods, with whom she gigs with all around New Zealand at pubs, clubs and private functions. It keeps her busy, but she wouldn't have it any other way.

Teaching dance since 2012, Shauni loves to pass on her passion and knowledge to budding performers, and help them perfect their craft.

 


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Ellie

Drama, Singing and Performing Arts teacher

Ellie graduated from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School at the end of 2016 at just
21 years old.

She travelled to LA to attend The Lee Strasberg Film and Theatre Institute for an internship of intensive classes under the tutelage of David Strasberg.

Ellie’s musical theatre credits include: The Wizard of Oz; Disco Inferno; Into the Woods (Toi Whakaari) The lead role of Sophie in Mamma Mia (Wellington Musical Theatre) And most recently her professional debut as the lead role of  Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde: The musical”

A highlight of her career was when she opened her own theatre company, Vision Theatre NZ, and starred in it’s first production, The Last 5 Years, under the musical direction of West End’s Mark Dorrell. The show achieved rave reviews and sold out audiences.

Ellie also has a love for screen acting and has appeared in James Ashcroft’s short films The Usher and Marching. She also starred in Chaz Harris’ short film Awake which will be included in the New Zealand feature film Encounters to be released in 2017. An Indie movie called “Follow The Random” has Ellie play the part of Lara, a beauty blogger. She also played Morgan in the post apocalyptic web series End of Term (TVNZ On Demand).

Ellie is super excited to share her knowledge of her craft with the younger generations. She hopes your children will enjoy her classes and will aim to keep them smiling as much as she can!