Our Amazing Team

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Jessica Walker - ADISTD, CBTS, RAD RTS, ARAD

Director, Principal Ballet, Jazz & Tap Teacher

Jessica has been dancing since what feels like before she could walk. She has attended full time tertiary dance training where she studied Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Singing, Drama, Pilates, Anatomy and History of Dance.

Jessica has completed her Royal Academy of Dance Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies. She has also completed her Associate and Associate Diploma qualifications in both Jazz and Tap with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. She holds current and full registration with both the ISTD and the RAD.

Jessica is incredibly passionate about dancing and teaching alike, and her aims are to use her own passion and skills to bring the best out in each student. She is a true believer that teachers are also always students, and she strives to continually attend classes and courses to continue to grow in herself and be able to share her knowledge with her students. Her priority is ensuring that her students develop a love of dance that will hopefully span a lifetime.

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Lisa-Marie Hallam - RAD RTS

Ballet Teacher

Lisa-Marie has been dancing since she was five years old and has taught for 30+ years.

She has trained, danced and taught in both RAD and ISTD styles, teaching both in New Zealand and in England. She also has extensive experience in other dance forms, including Jazz, Contemporary, National and Cabaret.

 

Currently Lisa-Marie is teaching part-time doing a variety of styles, and is choreographing as well as creating wedding dances for couples.

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Jeri Lomas - ADISTD, NTDT

Ballet & Burlesque Teacher

Jeri started dancing when she was 7, performing in works throughout her school and university years with Ballet Austin in Texas as well as Hysell Ballet and Loyola University in New Orleans.

 

Jeri has studied Cecchetti, Vaganova as well as ISTD and RAD ballet exposing her to various syllabus and training techniques.

 

Jeri is a qualified ballet teacher with a National Diploma in Teaching of Dance, ISTD Associate in Imperial Ballet and minor degree in ballet from Loyola University New Orleans. Jeri enjoys teaching all ages and encourages her students to achieve their best! 

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Jeneen Van Bysterveldt - BDanceSt and RAD RTS

Ballet and Jazz Teacher

Jeneen started dancing at the age of 3 after watching her older siblings in their lessons, and begging her mum for lessons of her own. Over fourteen years she then completed her RAD exams from Pre-Primary to Grade Eight, followed by Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate. 

 

Shortly after beginning Advanced Foundation, Jeneen moved to Auckland to complete her Bachelor of Dance at AUT and Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching at Auckland University.

 

With over a decade of teaching experience behind her, she will be teaching various levels of Ballet and Jazz, and answering your questions in the Office. 

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Principal Hip Hop Teacher

Jazmine started her classic dance training in ISTD Jive, Rock n Roll, Latin American and Freestyle, as well as ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance. However after training at Pineapple Studios, Dance Works, Huskys and other prestigious studios in London, England she landed her first professional UK tour at the age of only 15 years old.

 

From there she began to train in Street Dance, Hip Hop and Commercial dance all around the world. In collaboration with Mukhtar (Cirque du Soleil) PLAGUE UK was created which broke boundaries in Europe as the dominant Street Dance crew, 3 times winning GOLD in the UK StreetDance Championships as well as the Hip Hop International twice and the UDO.

She has worked with Mariah Carey, F1, Sky 1, BBC, Power Rangers, Air NZ, Nike, Breakin Convention and the San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Festival and featured in 2 dance movies including BORN TO DANCE and STREETDANCE 3D.

Jazmine also founded an education and arts charity DreamCatchers WorldWide and works with vulnerable community groups across New Zealand. She also fronts House Dance NZ, the longest running House Dance class in NZ and a free resource for the arts, Foreign Exchange NZ.

Jazmine is excited to teach true Hip Hop and Street dance, and pass on her passion for her favourite dance genre. 

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Stacey Cann - BPSA

Principal Contemporary Teacher

Stacey started dancing at 5 years old in Dunedin. She trained in Ballet and Jazz, and was later introcuded to the style of Contemporary. She moved to Auckland in 2009 and studied Contemporary Dance full time at Unitec gaining a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts. While training Stacey fell in love with the freedom and complexity that Contemporary dance offers. Stacey has always had a passion for teaching, starting at age 15 while still in Dunedin. She loves to pass on her passion for dance and encourage her students develop their contemporary style.

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Kelly Bleakley - GRADDIPTCHG (DRAMA)

Principal Musical Theatre Teacher

Kelly started her passion for Musical theatre as a young child, performing in numerous shows and taking lessons in singing, dancing and acting.  She studied Jazz and Tap at Santarelli and completed her Intermediate ISTD exams.

 

In 2010 Kelly completed a Diploma in Teaching majoring in Drama, and taught dance and drama at Avondale College for two years, and has been a choreographer for Auckland Central Gang Show since 2009. 

 

Kelly has performed in musicals at Harlequin and Manukau theatres, including Joseph, All Shook Up and Fame. In 2014 Kelly performed in Mamma Mia at the Auckland Civic Theatre, and followed this up with Phantom of the Opera in 2016.

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Craig Bleakley - BCom, TechNZSIM

Principal Musical Theatre Teacher

Craig developed a love for the performing arts at an early age having lead roles in school musicals, drama classes and playing in orchestras and concert bands around New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii. He studied singing under Lisa Lorrell, dance at Santarelli, and through his role as a trustee on The Amici Trust, produces Junior Theatre New Zealand events for young people around the country.

 

In recent years Craig has performed both professionally and in amateur productions, receiving Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations in Northern Area Performance Theatre Awards and Auckland Community Theatre Trust Awards.

 

Show highlights have been Mamma Mia and Phantom of the Opera at the Auckland Civic Theatre, All Shook Up at Harlequin and in Blenheim, Love off the Shelf at Dolphin and Joseph at Harlequin.

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Alex Reelick

Tap and Jazz Teacher

Alex has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She has studied RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern Theatre, Hiphop, Musical Theatre and Contemporary. Her favourite genre is Tap, where she completed the ISTD syllabus at the age of 14. Alex teaches Tap to the very young through to adults who are still young at heart!

 

She likes to see the potential in her students and loves it when they achieve more than they ever thought possible. Alex enjoys show work and has performed in two pantomimes at the Madinat Theatre in Dubai and danced in the opening of the World Cup 7’s. Currently Alex is studying a BSc majoring in Psychology at the University of Auckland and sits her ISTD Tap associate exam soon.

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Eilidh McGregor

Musical Theatre Teacher

Eilidh has been part of the studio since she was 7 years old. Although initially a shy student, Eilidh was encouraged to join the musical theatre programme and has been hooked ever since!

 

She has training in ABRSM music theory, flute and classical/musical theatre singing. She also has been trained in ISTD jazz, tap and RAD ballet and continues her training in all of these styles.

 

In recent years, Eilidh has been attending the University of Auckland studying an Arts degree majoring in Drama and English. Her plans for the future involve her using her Arts degree towards completing a Bachelors of Education.

Eilidh encourages students of all different abilities to come join her class and will always try find that sparkle that will make a student shine.

GET IN TOUCH:

Tel: +64 9 528 2229 

Email: office@geronimo.co.nz

143 Pilkington Road, Panmure, Auckland 1072

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Photos by Matthew Maingay Photography 

(all models are Geronimo P.A. students)

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