Esther Juon-Veitch (principal of Waipawa Dance Centre) The school is owned and run by Esther Juon-Veitch. Esther was trained as a classical dancer in Switzerland and in London. She broke her back at 18 years old and then after 7 years of injury and a spinal operation learned to walk again. She returned to teaching with one major aim in mind - to teach with safety in mind and making sure that what happened to her would not happen to any of her dancers.

Esther has two BBO Teaching Diplomas the latest being achieved in London in 2004. She has had two ballet schools in England the last one was in Brighton where for 20 years, 22 of her dancers became professional dancers. She also had a very big adult ballet school and taught 2 adult classes a day. Many of her dancers stayed with her for years and worked all the way through the British Ballet Organization Syllabus and took their exams along the way.

Now Esther just wants to teach for the love of it and carry on working with adults and teenagers.
Her dream would be to train up ordinary people, who have a love of dance and theatre. This new skill can then be added to the other skills they already have.

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Champa Maciel trained classically in Australia until she was offered a place in the New Zealand School of Dance Contemporary Course. She graduated in 2008 and has since then been living in Hawkes Bay teaching ballet and contemporary dance, choreographing for school productions, student drama programmes and semi-professional and professional theatre productions.

Lessons will include developing physical strength and flexibility, cultivating technique through choreographed contemporary dance exercises, building confidence and ease with floor work, basic tumbling skills, developing an explorative confidence in your own unique skills and qualities, and exploring the creative process and improvisation. Contemporary dance is a valuable way to gain confidence, competency and excite wonder at your own creativity and physical capabilities. No previous dance training is required.