Dance has been my passion since I was five years old. I studied ballet in my home town of Auckland, with Julia Barry before leaving to study dance full-time.
I’m a Graduate of Dance World (Melbourne) and the New Zealand School of Dance. I was a Shell Scholar and Katrina Todd Scholarship recipient during this time, and gained the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award. I danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet for several years and gained extensive performance experience. I am fortunate to have received excellent training from memorable teachers, and had invaluable mentors. Most notably: Sue Nicholls, Christine Gunn, Matz Skoog, Garry Trindler, Brian Nolan and Ou Lu.
Since leaving the Company, to have my two children, I have been awarded the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies through the Royal Academy of Dance, assisted by the Creina Gee Memorial Award. I have regularly taught classes for the NZSD Scholars. I am always looking for ways to develop my skills and expand my knowledge base for the benefit of my students.
I’m delighted to have Sir Jon Trimmer as the Patron of WBS. In the future it would be lovely to see WBS grow to become an asset to the dance community.
Jill has been teaching dance for as long as she can remember, starting as a student teacher, up until owning her own dance school in Melbourne for 8 years which she sold to move to Wellington to be with her family two years ago.
She has a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) from the Victorian College of the Arts, and an Advanced diploma in screen to facilitate her work in dance film, and the Certificate of Ballet teaching studies through the Royal Academy of Dance.
Jill is passionate about creating performance opportunities for young dancers, and spent 3 years as the Artistic Director of a youth contemporary dance company, which included regional touring, workshops, gallery performances and film.
‘I am very excited to be part of the Wellington Ballet Studio and look forward to being a part of it’s growth’.