Our Teachers

Classical and Repertoire

AlinaAlina Kulikova; RAD RTS, PDPTC, Diploma of Classical Ballet

Alina 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, Miss 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.”

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

 

Classical, Contemporary and Progressing Ballet Technique

Kathryn-Crawford-HeadshotKathryn Crawford; B Kinesiology, PBT

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 British Columbia Apprentice 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. Following this she was offered and accepted  a place in the company.

She has also worked with companies such as 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. Miss 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. Miss Kathryn is a passionate and engaging tutor who continues to dance and share her love of the art form with students.

 

Classical and Contemporary

Tabitha

Tabitha Dombroski; ARAD, Cert in Dance 

Tabitha Dombroski completed her full time training with The John Cranko School in Germany after completing her Certificate in Dance at the NZ School of Dance.  During her time training she fell in love with choreography and coaching.  Choreographing over 10 solos being performed in Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, USA and the Ukraine.  Miss Tabitha was the first student in 10 years to have 3 of her own works performed a the gala on the Stuttgart Opera House stage.

After graduating  she worked in Switzerland with the Swiss Offspring Ballet until returning to NZ in 2020.  Since then she has joined the Ballet Collective Aotearoa and also works with Primarily Dance.

Miss Tabitha is passionate about both classical and contemporary and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with the students at EnPointe.

 

Classical and Adult Ballet

ginaGina Reid; RAD RTS, DDTS, BSMT, MEd, DipASEHC

Gina Reid started dancing as soon as she could walk but only started ballet training at aged 18 with Tony Fabella and Eddie Elejar.  Her continued jazz training was with Marissa Aboitiz.  Miss Gina is a former principal with the Manila Metropolis Ballet and Fabella-Elejar Dancers, and traveled extensively as a member of the Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe.  Prior to her shifting to Scotland, Miss Gina danced briefly with the Philippine Ballet Theatre.

Miss Gina has taught ballet and jazz for many years whilst living in Scotland, teaching child through to adults and continued to teach the RAD ballet syllabus from Primary to Vocational when she shifted to New Zealand.

Having been teaching for many years, Miss Gina decided to undertake and successfully complete the Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies (DDTS) offered by the RAD, London to become a qualified Registered RAD Teacher.

Miss Gina would love to share her passion and wealth of experience for dance with her students ensuring that each and every student develops to the best of their potential whilst also experiencing the enjoyment dance brings.

 

Classical and Adult Ballet

Photo credit: Stephen A’Court.

Photo credit: Stephen A’Court.

Kathiy Watson-Benseman; RAD RTS, IDTA

Kathiy Watson-Benseman has been a qualified RAD teacher for over 30 years, teaching students between age 3 and 73. She is one of New Zealand’s first Silver Swan licensee. Miss Kathiy also assesses NZ NCEA theatre qualifications and is internationally qualified as an IDTA examiner, examining dance qualifications.

Miss Kathiy performed as a freelance dancer with ballet, contemporary and theatre companies, including the RNZB and Opera, but her passion is in seeing students achieve their potential. Qualifying as a teacher with both RAD and IDTA, Kathiy was the Principal Teacher of the Silverstream School of Dance for five years. Since then she has been in high demand as a freelance teacher around the Wellington Region. She believes in teaching the joy as well as the techniques of dance.

 

 

 

 

Classical

338FBB29-FD48-4B9B-A18A-CB25AA8AF035Fleur Rodway; ARAD, RAD RTS, CBTS

Fleur Rodway began dancing in Invercargill at ageClassical and Adult Ballet five.  At 16, she moved to Christchurch to study at the International Ballet Academy with Sherilyn Kennedy, Carl Myers, Russell Kerr and Sheryl Robinson.  After three years of full-time study, Miss Fleur decided to direct her energy towards ballet teaching. She completed the Royal Academy of Dance’s Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies while studying towards a Bachelor of Arts at Canterbury University.

In 2012, Miss Fleur moved to Wellington to undertake further study at Victoria University. Her research at Victoria focused on the theatre, performance art and dance. She graduated in 2014 with a first class honours degree in Art History.

Miss Fleur has over 10 years of ballet teaching experience and is excited to be able to share her love of classical ballet and the intricacies of pointe technique with the students at En Pointe.

 

 

Classical

sophieSophie Arbuckle, Dip in Dance Performance – Classical

Sophie Arbuckle began dancing at Paula Hunt Dance Studios. She went on to achieving her diploma in dance performance, after 3 years full time training at The New Zealand School of Dance. Sophie danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet as a student dancer in her 2nd and 3rd year at NZSD. Then graduated with the Todd Scholarship and a full contract with The Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2016.
Sophies dancing career took her all over NZ, Europe, England, and Canada. She is looking forward to sharing her diverse knowledge and passion with the students at En Pointe Dance Academy.
Sophie moved to London to freelance in 2018, while there she also found a passion for English ceramics and pottery. Returning to NZ, she is also now an award winning ceramic artist.

 

 

 

 

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For New Zealand School of Dance. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

Photo credit: Stephen A’Court.

Gina Andrews; DDP in Contemporary, IDTA Associate Ballet and Jazz

Gina Andrews began dancing in her hometown of Nelson. As well as completing performance examinations, she achieved IDTA Associate level teaching qualifications in ballet and modern jazz.

In 2007 Miss Gina moved to Wellington to study at New Zealand School of Dance as a contemporary major and was awarded the Katrina Todd Scholarship in her second year. Since graduating in 2009 she has freelanced as a dancer/performer around New Zealand, working with an inspiring range of creative artists and performers.

More recently Miss Gina worked in the health and fitness industry as a barre fitness instructor and club manager, alongside teaching contemporary technique at NZ School of Dance.

 

 

Classical and Autumn School

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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.