Hannah Scott-McNeill ARAD RTS – Studio Director
Dance has been my passion since I was five years old. I studied ballet in my home town of Auckland, before leaving to study full-time in Australia.
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 and to have had invaluable mentors including: Sue Nicholls, Christine Gunn, Julia Barry, 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 began freelance teaching in the Wellington region from 2007 and regularly relieved classes for the NZSD Scholars before starting Wellington Ballet Studio in 2015. I find it rewarding to share my love of dance with children from when they are preschoolers, through to their teenage years.
I am delighted to have two of my past students Ella Williams and Hannah Scholten now teaching classes alongside me. I hope to to see Wellington Ballet Studio grow to become an asset to the community of Te Motu Kairangi, the Miramar Peninsular.
Ella Williams – Contemporary Dance
Ella is from Wellington and is a professional contemporary dancer, currently working with Java Dance Theatre. She has most recently performed in the Hawkes Bay arts festival (Metamorphosis) in 2020 and travelled to Edinburgh with Java Dance company to perform two shows (Back of the Bus, and Chocolate) in the 2019 Edinburgh fringe festival. As well as performing in the 2019 Taranaki festival Ella has performed in both ‘Treat’ and The ‘Creamery’ with Java Dance Theatre in 2019 and 2018. She has also worked with House of Sand In 2018 performing in ‘Fear of Eggs’ in the Wellington fringe festival. Ella studied at New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) from 2015 – 2017 and has a Diploma in Dance. She is also an experienced teacher having taught at Wellington Ballet Studio for four years.
Hannah Scholten – Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary
Hannah is currently a full-time contemporary dance student in her second year at the New Zealand School of Dance. Since the age of three years old she studied with the Fiona Haines Dance Academy achieving the highest Royal Academy of Dance ballet qualification – Advanced 2 Level and the NZAMD Advanced 1 Jazz level with a scholarship nomination.
Prior to accepting a place in full-time training at the NZSD she gained a place in their three year Contemporary Associates training programme as well as the Expressions Dance Company summer intensive in Brisbane.
Hannah has been teaching classes at FHDA and WBS regularly over the past few years and is an enthusiastic, inspiring and supportive teacher, keen to see her students flourish.