Hi, I’m Molly! I have had a passion and desire to dance ever since I was just three years old and I started out as a ballet, jazz and modern dancer! When I turned 8 I found hip hop/street dance and I fell in love with the music, diversity, attitude and style! I’d finally found a genre of dance that I could truly be myself with, I could be whoever and whatever I wanted, I could be girly, gangsta, fun – anything! After a while with an open mind and imagination I became more creative and began choreographing my own pieces, I LOVE to choreograph! I moved to New Zealand 7 years ago from England and saw a completely new and different side of dance compared to what I had learnt in the UK which expanded my love of dance even more! New Zealand was a big move for us and we settled in Papamoa where I found a competitive dance crew! We competed in various hip-hop competitions around NZ and from these competitions I found an Auckland crew of women that amazed and inspired me to be able to dance like them one day! Request Dance Crew and The Royal Family was created by an amazing woman named Parris Goebel and my ambition from then on was to one day dance with them. After finishing school I auditioned for a mixed teens Royal Family Crew. To my surprise I was chosen out of the hundreds that auditioned, it was one of the happiest days of my life! While I was part of the crew I learnt so much - how to understand my body and push myself far beyond my limits. Our crew placed 1st in the Waikato regionals and 2nd in the NZ Hip Hop Championships! Our next stop was the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas but unfortunately, we were unable to raise the funds for our team to attend but I am inspired and really hoping to get one of Hip Hop Crews to Worlds here at Rise! I feel so privileged to be working with Rise Dance Company! I am hoping to learn all I can from the other teachers and of course the children! There is nothing more rewarding than being able to see students progressing from passing on your knowledge and passion for dance!
My dance journey began in Taupo when I was just six years old, where I went to ballet class in the local church hall and fell deeply in love with dance! Unfortunately, my mum and dad couldn't sustain paying fees so I had to stop. However, my Grandad saw my love of dance and performance and alongside my sisters and youngest aunt, created a group called the Galaxy Girls! We would dance for local Church groups, and for rest homes and my grandad would compere! He even made tickets to our shows and would award us with certificates which we loved! Up until the end of high school, I would always dance and choreograph school productions, I immersed myself in as much dance as I possibly could! As I had such a passion for dancing I decided I would get a job so I could pay for my own dance tuition and that's just what I did, going along to ballet and jazz classes. I even sat some dance exams and got to perform more! Then, I discovered a full-time pre-tertiary dance training course run by a wonderful woman and dancer named Sheryl Robinson. Sheryl was classically and contemporary trained dancer at The NZ School of Dance, and sadly passed away in 2010. Sheryl saw my passion, nurtured it with everything she knew and prepared me to audition for the New Zealand School of Dance and Unitec. I was fortunate enough to be successful in both auditions and I was accepted into the NZ School of Dance, truly, to follow in Sheryl's footsteps who had inspired me so much! I learnt a great deal there about myself and where I was headed career-wise deciding I wanted to teach dance. I lasted 1.5 years out of the three at NZSD, then headed back to Christchurch where I taught in many schools, freelanced, and worked every dancer job there is! I have cheerleaded for the Canterbury Crusaders, danced in five Bollywood films, danced for the Silver Ferns, performed in local contemporary dance collectives, competed in competitions in South Africa and more! I have been really lucky to have such a vivid dance journey and I am extremely excited to share the next steps of it with students at Rise Dance! In addition to being a dancer and teacher, I work as a fitness instructor at Adventure Health and Fitness/ Ngati Awa Social and Health Services in beautiful Whakatane. Dance has and always will be my number one passion! My other number one passion is helping other dancers understand their potential and watching them grow into confident artists with their own story, just like me!
I've had a huge passion for dance for as long as I can remember! When I was 8 years old, I started Hip Hop, then jazz and contemporary and my passion for dance kept growing from there! I started teaching jazz and hip hop at the age of just 14 at my dance school and fell in love with the teaching aspect and new I wanted to do more as the feeling of inspiring people and assisting them to reach their full potential made me so happy! I attended the annual Phoenix dance workshops held in Hamilton 5 years in a row and received a returning scholarship every year and in 2013 I received the most prestigious award, the L.A scholarship that only 2 dancers are fortunate enough to receive! In 2013 I played the role of Mona, one of the cell block girls in the Rotorua musical "CHICAGO". To wrap up my 2013 year I earned advanced/distinction in my dancing, teaching and choreographing and I was awarded the most outstanding achievement in dance! In 2015 I was lucky enough to be accepted into the Urban Dance Centre in Sydney, Australia for a full-time Diploma in musical theatre! I discovered a voice I didn't know I had, I grew confident as an actress, teacher and expanded my dance skills across a broader range of genres! During my time here I was also involved with a dance agency and did many gigs and events, which was great fun! Dance is my life and will forever be my passion! What an amazing year its been working for Rise and I’m so looking forward to dancing with you all again this year!
I began ballet at four years old and jazz at 8. I had a personality that leant towards being 'shy' and dancing in front of anyone freaked me out. Thanks to the firm but an encouraging push from my mother who saw potential in me, I kept going! Fast forward a few years and I was a different child, I gained confidence and a passion for dance which made me come alive! I loved the challenge of learning new movements as I got older and particularly enjoyed the end of year dance shows! I completed Advanced and a Solo Performance Diploma in NZAMD Jazz in my late teen years while teaching dance in Papamoa/Te Puke. I also trained in contemporary dance at Dance Education Centre and I fell in love with this style. I later went on to many different travel/work adventures around the world where I eventually realised I missed dance way too much, which resulted in a desire to pick up adult classes here in Tauranga. Thanks to the encouragement and guidance from my ballet teacher I recently completed a Diploma in Vocational Graded Examination in Dance: RAD Advanced 2 Ballet. I could hardly believe I was back en pointe all those years later but I am proof that if you work hard and believe in yourself, you can do anything you set your mind too! I'm a true believer that you're never too old to dance or start dancing! I have been privileged to have been exposed to a variety of different dance styles, in choreographing, teaching and performing! I love being on stage and communicating more than just movements when I dance. Dance is really powerful and I love watching people come alive when they dance! I can't wait for another year here at Rise Dance!
Office Manager and Administrator, Royal Academy of Dance Certified Ballet Teacher, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Contemporary!
Shannon studied ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and spanish dance in her younger years and gained both her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 and her American Jazz Advanced 3. Shannon’s interest in teaching dance was sparked by participating in the Junior Teaching program through the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance. Continuing her dancing to a higher level Shannon studied dance, singing and acting full time at the Apollo Theatre School in Auckland, New Zealand. It was here she gained her Diploma in Musical Theatre and became an accredited teacher with the American Jazz Dance Affiliation. During her time at the Apollo Theatre School, she was invited to join the Apollo Theatre Company, dancing professionally with them for two years in a range of different genres and shows from cabaret, corporate events, commercial, hip-hop and even bollywood performances. During this time Shannon also studied with the Royal Academy of Dance to become a certified and registered ballet teacher, through London, England. In 2010 she moved to Ottawa, Canada to work for Ottawa Dance Centre Schools a non-profit dance organization in conjunction with two community centres, teaching the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, hip-hop and broadway jazz. During this time Shannon also worked for the Glebe Community Centre and a French Catholic School, where she developed and ran non profit community-based ballet programs, taught dance classes and was involved with community-based programs! Shannon was also lucky enough to be apart of and perform with a Hip Hop Crew ‘Culture Shock’ during her time here. In 2014 Shannon moved to Vancouver B.C, Canada as she was offered the position of head ballet teacher for Shift Dance Academy teaching the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus, a position she held until her recent return to New Zealand to be closer to her family in Tauranga. Shannon is a firm believer that all opportunities are a chance for growth and development and feels privileged to have had so many wonderful experiences, both in the dance industry and in life! Amongst teaching and having a passion for dance Shannon has travelled a great deal and has a love for the outdoors and outdoor activities! Shannon is so happy to be back in her hometown, working as both as a manger and dance teacher for Rise and she can't wait to share her passion in this community!
My passion for dance began in 2014 when I attended my first Hip Hop classes. After up-skilling through these classes, I gained the confidence to attend auditions and was selected for my first competition crew in 2015! Since then, I have continued to grow through classes, competitions and workshops. These experiences have given me the skills and knowledge that have allowed me to compete in many Hip Hop competitions, both Nationally and Internationally. I now look forward to sharing the experience I’ve gained by creating fun and challenging Hip Hop classes to inspire young, upcoming dancers at Rise!