About Us

The academy has been established in Remuera for over 20 years.   We specialise in modern, fun and exciting jazz,

hip hop & performance dance classes from preschool level to professional level using modern, upbeat music. 

Our classes are taken by qualified and experienced teachers who have a passion for dance and performance. As one of Auckland’s largest dance academies our aim is for our students to enjoy their dance experience with us and our teachers will inspire their students to appreciate the art of movement.

The class environment is fun, safe and friendly.  We not only offer the opportunity to sit exams each year but also to take part in an outstanding dance production held at a professional theatre at the end of the dancing year which draws in an audience of around 800 each year.

Teachers

NATASHA INSLEY (Principal)

Natasha has been dancing since she was 5 years old.  She trained in RAD Ballet to Advanced level, NZAMD and JDNZ jazz (gaining her Solo diploma) and BBO Ballet and Tap to Advanced level.  Natasha also studied Spanish Dance (with Jane Luscombe) Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance.

She was a most successful dance competitor for many years and went on to dance professionally both in New Zealand, Australia & the USA (where she danced with the Mariah Carey Dancers).  Natasha was also a successful aerobics competitor.  Natasha has been teaching jazz for 20 years and hip hop for 5 years as well as teaching many successful competition students.  She operated Hodson Dance Academy in the capacity of teacher and choreographer for ten years from 1980-2000.  She then opened up her own jazz and hip hop studio in Hobsonville whilst also teaching Jazz & Hip Hop for Rachel Elliott Dance Academy in Remuera.

In 2006 she purchased the school which she has been successfully running ever since.  Natasha is a fully qualified JDNZ & NZAMD jazz teacher and JDNZ hip hop, lyrical & tap adjudicator as well as a jazz examiner. She enjoys examining jazz, lyrical, Tap, Contemporary & hip hop students nation wide.

 

DANIELLE TIMBERS (Jazz & Hip Hop Teacher)

Danielle has been dancing since the age of 5. She has successfully competed throughout New Zealand and Australia at a high level of Modern Jazz (JDNZ), Contemporary, Lyrical, Cabaret, Hip Hop, and Ballet. She gained her solo diploma in 2010 and has been loving teaching ever since. Danielle is currently dancing professionally for SkyCity Cheer Team & Soul of Siren Dance Company. Her most current dance work has been performing at a wide range of large corporate events, alongside some of NZ's most iconic singers such as Jackie Clark and Jon Toogood, and TV work such as X-Factor earlier this year. This work allows Danielle to travel Nationwide performing and growing within her art, an art which she is enthused about sharing with her NHDA students, helping them grow to be strong, competitive, and passionate dancers.

 

GRACE STEVENS (Jazz & Hip Hop Teacher)

Grace has been dancing since the age of 3. She has trained at an advanced level at jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop, and has recently completed her solo diploma, as well as competing successfully in countless competitions over the years. She also represented New Zealand in the World Dance Championships in Florida earlier this year, coming away second place with the rest of her troupe. She is so passionate about dancing and is excited to start teaching more at NHDA next year! 

 

EMILY DOBBS (Jazz & Lyrical Teacher)

Emily has been dancing since the age of 5 training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical. She completed her Solo Diploma for both jazz and contemporary in 2016 and has been competing in multiple styles of dance from a young age at regional, national and international competitions. Earlier this year she competed at the World Dance Competition with her troupe receiving 2nd place and she also received runner up at the NYPA Modern Dance Nationals. Currently she is dancing professionally with Encore Entertainment and Diamond Entertainment and is loving every bit of it. 

 

BROOKE MOODY (Jazz & Hip Hop Teacher) 

Brooke has been dancing since she was 10 years old. She has trained in many genres specializing in jazz, commercial, contemporary, lyrical, ballet and acro. Brooke graduated from Brent Street in Sydney, Australia with a Diploma of Performing Arts. She has been actively involved in a wide range of commercial work including: ‘All That Jazz’ at Tempo dance festival, Premiers Gala Conference in Sydney, dancing for RAZÉ at the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards and most recently performing in ‘Duality’ at Q Theatre. Brooke is currently dancing professionally with Momentum Productions. She is an extremely passionate teacher and committed to working with her students to develop their style, confidence and love for dance