Autumn Ballet School 2021

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We are delight to be able to provide an Autumn Ballet School holiday option for all students from any ballet/dance school, aged 8 and/or Grade 2 and above, to attend a week long programme during the first week of the April School holidays (19th to 23rd April).

Classes will run from approximately 9:00 until 4:00 pm for Seniors, 8:45 until 2:15pm for Intermediates and 10am to 2:15pm for Juniors ,Monday to Friday.

  • Optional RAD syllabus classes – Grade 5 to Advanced 2 – (depending on numbers)
  • Limited number of private 30min lessons will be available with the Classical and RAD Tutors

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Autumn School 2022 – Juniors/Intermediates

aDvANCE Programme 2021 – Intermediates/Seniors


Our Tutors will include:





Abigail Boyle was born and trained in New Zealand, joining the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2006. During her professional career, Abigail enjoyed dancing both classical and contemporary repertoire including the title role in Didi Veldman’s Carmen, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Myrtha in Giselle and Ada, in the Piano; the Ballet. Retiring as principal dancer from the stage in 2019, Abigail completed the professional dancers postgraduate teaching certificate with the RAD and launched her own coaching company, Abigail Dance. She is currently working as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher and is passionate about training and sharing her knowledge with dancers around New Zealand.




CLASSICAL TUTOR – Loughlan Prior


Described by Dance Aotearoa New Zealand as ‘A creative tour de force’, Loughlan Prior is an award winning Aussie/Kiwi choreographer and film maker based in Wellington. He is a soloist and Choreographer in Residence with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

After graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance he joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2010 and began creating small works for the company, becoming the first recipient of the Ballet Foundation of New Zealand’s Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award in 2015 for his ballet EVE. He received Creative New Zealand’s Tup Lang Choreographic Award in 2016 and travelled to Toronto to stage his work Curious Alchemy at the Assemblée Internationale.

Prior was appointed to the position of Choreographer in Residence at the RNZB in 2018 and has been the Creative Director of Prior Visual, a project based film collective, since 2014.

His stage work has premiered in Australia, Germany, Canada and the United States, and he has presented work for a diverse range of Kiwi companies and creative partners, including iD Fashion Week, Te Papa National Museum, WGT LUX Light Festival, Tempo Festival, Zambesi ‘Show’ Wellington and TV3’s Dancing with the Stars.

His dance films have enjoyed screenings at the New Zealand International Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Centre, #60secondsdance Denmark, San Francisco Dance Film Festival and the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival.

This year Loughlan will premiere The Appearance of Colour, a new commission for Queensland Ballet’s innovative contemporary programme Bespoke, as well as Hansel & Gretel, his first full length production, for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

In 2020 he is set to create an exciting new ballet for Singapore Dance Theatre as part of the company’s international Passages programme.


CONTEMPORARY and PBT TUTOR – Kathryn Crawford


Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. Kathryn Crawford has been dancing most of her life.  Miss Kathryn trained at the Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts under John Ottmann, while attending various summer programs on scholarship, including the Goh Ballet Academy, Banff Centre of Fine Arts, and Ballet British Columbia Summer Intensive. Upon graduating,  Miss Kathryn was a part of the Ballet B.C. Mentor Program for 2 years, where she had the opportunity to perform featured roles in works by Emily Molnar, John Alleyne, Simone Orlando, and James Gnam among others. As a dancer, she has worked with Ballet B.C., the plastic orchid factory, Judith Marcuse Projects and had the opportunity to work with Melanie Demers, Louise Bedard and Austin McCormick while participating in the Springboard Professional Project in Montreal. Miss Kathryn’s career has taken her across North America and to Asia, where she performed in the Bangkok International Festival with Move: the Company. Kathryn also had a principal role in the short dance film, ‘Time Before the Light’, directed by Ryan Copple. Kathryn’s choreography has been featured in Vancouver at events such as Dances for a Small Stage, as well as winning awards at competitions throughout the greater Vancouver area. Kathryn recently completed a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at the University of British Columbia, focusing on injury prevention, anatomy and physiology. Kathryn is a passionate and engaging tutor who continues to dance and share her love of the art form with students.


RAD Syllabus Tutor – Katie Hurst-Saxton; ARAD, RAD Solo Seal


Christchurch born and trained, Katie Hurst-Saxton was offered a full contract at the age of 16 with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. This led to a 9 year career with the RNZB touring to the UK, China, the USA and Australia, as well as regular tours of NZ.

Miss Katie has had the privilege of dancing the Principal roles in many of the great ballets such as: Coppelia, Giselle, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, and Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. She has also performed Soloist roles in Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Dracula, Milagros and many other productions. After teaching, adjudicating, and freelance dancing, for 5 years around NZ and Australia, Miss Katie joined the Victorian State Ballet in Melbourne as Principal Artist.

While back in Chch during the Christmas holidays in 2016, Katie took class with the RNZB and was offered another contract. Once again she had the opportunity to perform Principal and Soloist roles, these included Vivette in Roland Petit’s L’Arelsienne and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Now retired from dancing, Katie is passionate about passing on her knowledge and experience to the next generation of dancers.


RAD Syllabus Tutor – Alina Kulikova; RAD RTS, PDPTC, Diploma of Classical Ballet

AlinaAlina Kulikova found her passion for dance growing up in Russia’s deep North – leaving home at the age of 11 to train at the Komi Republic Gymnasium and College of Arts. After graduating the Vaganova system with a Diploma of Classical Ballet she moved to Moscow to work professionally for the Russian National Ballet and the Imperial Russian Ballet as a soloist.

Although Classically trained, Alina has also danced Contemporary, Neo-classical and folk choreography. A career highlight has been performing the Classical Masterpieces that have inspired her in theatres around Europe, America, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  Miss Alina is proud to share her experience and love for Ballet with the students of En Pointe.
“Ballet has taught me freedom through discipline, it has taught me about my own culture, other peoples and how we connect through Art.”

Alina has completed her Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate  (PDPTC) though RAD to gain her RAD teacher registration.