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Jasmin Good-Arrow
Burlesque/Heels Student
MAY 2021

"I started going to classes at the beginning of 2021.

ADC has been amazing throughout. Not only do the teachers make sure they empower us in class but they also make sure we can use that outside of class, in the real world.

 

I recently have been able to secure a job because I have been confident enough in interviews (rejections used to tear me down). <You guys have taught me> it's okay if you don't get it right the first time. You pick yourself up and keep going. 

Honestly, the confidence I have gained and new friends during these classes have helped me grow so much as a person this year. I'm even going to do the shoot this year - even though it's scary!

Thank you so much for everything that everyone is doing. A big Thank you to <my teacher> Kimberley who works so hard to empower everyone in her classes. These classes have be invaluable to my life"  

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Bryar Renshaw

Hiphop/Heels Student

"I decided to try a trial class with ADC because they sounded like what I was looking for - beginners welcome, classes on a term-by-term basis. I was nervous about being an absolute beginner but everyone was so welcoming and encouraging. I've made some awesome friends, boosted my confidence through the roof, and I'm getting fit! They hold a show once a year and music video shoots in-between that I've been able to participate in which were so much fun. The choreographer and teacher at ADC is all about inclusiveness and helping one another, and she's so motivational. I couldn't recommend ADC more!"

See Bryar dance with our Heels class, shooting in front of a raging bonfire (!), here.

Katy Turner

Lyrical/Heels Student

ADC is a welcoming community for all dance levels. Classes are full of energy and soul! Within the 6 months I have been dancing at ADC I have been presented with opportunities to perform in dance shoots and perform on stage. These opportunities are open to everyone. I have enjoyed every class and dance performance I have been a part of! The dance group I have been dancing with are supportive and we help each other out if there is a dance move that is more challenging to achieve. It has been very enjoyable to grow my confidence in dance while getting to know a talented and kind community of people!

See Katy dance with our Heels class, shooting in front of a raging bonfire (!), here.

Patricia Lui

Hiphop/Heels Student

"ADC has helped me gain so much confidence as a person and as a dancer. I love the energy and warmth that this community brings and I highly recommend anyone to give it a try no matter what experience level you are. I started with no dance training and I have been amazed at my own improvements. The best part about this company is definitely the people. It is clear they are truly passionate and love what they do".

See Patricia dance with our Heels class, shooting in front of a raging bonfire (!), here.

Sara Antononiva

(Squad/Burlesque/Heels Student)

"Honestly, Tuesdays & Wednesdays always make me feels so happy and alive. I am truly grateful to ADC & I'm so excited for Tuesday already! Loving this term." 😘

Sara (pictured far right) dances with our Squad, Heels and Burlesque classes weekly, and has performed in a number of shows, including our latest gig on Waiheke (pictured right.  See Sara dance with us here, and here.

Bailey Dupois

(Burlesque/Hiphop/Technique Student)

"Joining Auckland Dance Company was the BEST DECISION I’D EVER MADE.  Coming to class every week was an absolute joy and a truly game changing experience.


The company is full of absolute GEMS of humans. Some of the most kind, genuine, passionate, humble artists I’ve ever met.


They are a community of people who welcome you in with open arms and hearts.  I am so proud and honoured to have been apart of such a group. Truly!


Book the class! You will NOT regret it.
 

Thank you guys for everything x"

See Bailey dance with us here, and here.

Bailey now lives in Queenstown and we miss her in class every day!

Bridgette Cashmore 

(Mikala's Mother - Lyical/Hiphop Student, Squad)

"While watching Mikala dance (in the classes) at Auckland Dance Company, I couldn’t be more happy. (Her teacher) Kimberley has been a gift to my daughter.

I have searched for a teacher that inspires -  not only her body to move so beautifully -  but to also nurture her soul, and to encourage her (at ADC), in this wonderful place of expression.


And it’s not just my daughter, but every student who comes to the classes, who are touched by Kimberley’s inspiration, exceptional talent, and enthusiasm.

I couldn’t recommend ADC more highly.  Thank you Auckland Dance Company, for everything you give your students."

Bridgette (Mother of Mikala Cashmore - 13yrs old)

Mikala dances with ADC three nights a week - see her perform with us, here and here.

Veronica Barry

I have been working with ADC and Kimberley for several months now. My journey began when I stepped into ADC's group chair Burlesque class. Feeling incredibly nervous I headed straight to the back row of class. 

 

Through the group classes my confidence started to grow, and I participated in a show after only 4 weeks. I used to feel like I was too old to start dancing again. Kimberley soon put that idea to rest! 

 

Following on from that show I was inspired - impressed with Kimberley’s teaching style and choreography, I decided to start one on one lessons. This is where the magic really started to happen, and I have gone from strength to strength. 

 

It wasn’t just dance we worked on -- Kimberley has been a role model and a mentor. I feel like she really truly believes in me, which is so powerful. 

We don't just work on dance moves and routines --  we work on a whole deeper level than that. We work on my insecurities, my nerves, and my technique. 

 

Since working with Kimberley I have performed solo in three Burlesque shows up and down the country, and participated in a video shoot. Without her I would never have been on that stage or shoot.  Every time I doubt myself she motivates me and shows me what I am capable of.  I have never met a dance teacher with such a natural flow. Kimberley’s creative talent is more than incredible. I can tell that she works naturally with the music and does not need the count of the beat. Her moves come, flowing to the rhythm of the music. That is real magic. 

 

For me that is a real dancer. For me that is real creativity, passion, emotion and talent. This is something that only the most talented dancers have.

Thank you, Kimberley, for being so strong that you are able to build strength in others. 

 

You are a great, great teacher. 

 

And, for me, you are so much more than that. 

 

To me, you are a fierce energy - empowering women to be who they really are.  

 

Thank you.  

 

Veronica 

Veronica dances in private lessons with ADC weekly. Watch her dance with us, here & here.

Jen de Montalk - Nina's Mother

 Dance Student (14yrs)

"Hi Kimberley, Ali, Hannah, Sophie & the ADC team,
 

I just wanted to say how incredible RISE was last night. I also wanted to let you know how grateful we are for all the effort you have put into helping Nina. Seeing her use her body as a vehicle to express herself through dance and seeing her self-confidence grow has been a dream come true. The fact she not only performed in six dances but stood there in front of an audience and shared her very personal story is just short of a miracle. 

 

Her anxiety hasn't been cured, it's likely she will always have to live with it, but her ability to not let it stop her living her life has grown in strength. It takes incredible courage for Nina to do these things in the face of an all-consuming, uncontrollable fear. The fact she was brave enough to feel that intense anxiety and push through and do it anyway is testament to Nina's strength and courage and the incredible efforts of Kimberley, Ali and every member of the Auckland Dance Company. You have been such positive role models and so kind, welcoming and fun.

 

I was trying to get to sleep last night after the excitement of the show and I was struck by the tenuousness of it all. Imagine if Nina hadn't managed to drag her