Tracey Wright trained in RAD ballet and American jazz with Jeannie Mark in Blenheim. During this time she developed an enduring love of dance and Jeannie’s teaching style and rapport with her students inspired Tracey to study for her RAD Teacher’s Certificate, thus realising a long-held dream.
Once qualified, Tracey taught in Blenheim for some time before moving to London. There she was a tutor at the Italia Conti Performing Arts School, teaching a number of extremely talented students in ballet, jazz and musical theatre.
On her return to New Zealand, Tracey taught at the Auckland Academy of Dance before opening her own school, The Ponsonby School of Dance, in 2001.
Tracey is passionate about dance and is fortunate to be able to share her love of dance with her students. She particularly enjoys choreography, having used her talents to choreograph many musicals, competition dances and her school’s end-of-year production.
Tracey has recently been appointed examiner for the JazzAddict dance syllabus for Australasia.
Through her dance school Tracey loves being part of the friendly and welcoming local community.
RAD RTS, PGDip Art and Design
Chandler, has been dancing since she was a little girl at Alison Pond Dance
Academy, now known as Kapiti Dance Centre. Dannielle sat examinations in JDNZ
Jazz syllabus and RAD ballet, completing Advanced Two and Grade Eight in 2005.
then Dannielle has completed a Bachelor of Dance at AUT University and is RAD
RTS qualified. Currently Dannielle is
completing her two year Masters in Art and Design at AUT University focusing on
Dance and Technology/Motion Capture, as well as teaching dancing here (at PSOD)
and another dance school in Auckland.
Claire Barrett began dance at an early age, studying creative dance at the Van Zon school of dance, she then studied Jazz and Ballet at Auckland West Dance Academy.
In 2001 Claire Graduated from Unitec with a Bachelor of performing and screen arts, with a Major in contemporary Dance. Since 2001 Claire Has worked as a freelance dancer, Dance teacher, Children’s entertainer and actor both here in New Zealand and in Europe.
Dance 1st Class Hons, PgDip.CPA Dance, BPSA - Contemporary Dance,
Dip.Dance – Commercial Dance.
Studying both RAD Ballet
(Advanced II) and AJDA Jazz (Advanced III / Solo Seal) Emily went in to full
time dance training after completing high school. Initially training full time in Commercial Dance (WPAC,
2002). Emily then expanded her
practice by studying Contemporary Dance and Choreography at UNITEC where she
graduated from in 2008.
In 2010 she was nominated for
Best Emergent Choreography, Best Short Production
Emerging Female Performer – Tempo ’10 – New Zealand Festival of Dance
for her choreography and performance of ‘heel ruby’.
Having recently completed
a practice led Masters in Dance with first class honors, Emily has now begun
research toward her PhD in Dance and Choreography. Alongside teaching at Ponsonby School of Dance, she lectures
on the both the undergraduate and postgraduate Dance Studies programmes at the
University of Auckland
studied classical ballet at Mid Wales Dance Academy for 15 years under Mrs.
Lesley Walker and Katy Sinnadourai, a former soloist of The London City Ballet.
During this time she was lucky enough to
be selected for Intensives with the Welsh Ballet (Artistic Director Darius
James of The Royal Ballet) and performances with both The European Youth
Ballet and The Ukrainian Ballet. She was also an apprentice for a short time
with David Bintley, Artistic Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and renowned
addition to her passion for classical dance, Jen has also trained in
Contemporary and Musical Theatre, dancing and assisting with choreography for
Cats, The Lion King and Little Shop of Horrors. She also competed in Rock
Challenge representing The UK in Dubai in 2008 as a Water Soloist.
teaches full time Classical Ballet, Jazz and Drama and Speech. Her aim as a
teacher is to ignite confidence in her students to achieve their dreams,
through the medium of dance, and looks forward to inspiring and encouraging the
talented young dancers at Ponsonby School of Dance.
Miss Jess Watson
Jess has been dancing with Ponsonby School of Dance for 12 years. She is a qualified Jazz Addict teacher and is currently working towards her Solo Seal qualifications.
Mrs Sarah Barry
Mrs Barry teaches competition and private lessons.