Hannah Scott-McNeill ARAD RTS
Dance has been my passion since I was five years old. I studied ballet in my home town of Auckland, before leaving to study dance full-time in Melbourne.
I’m a Graduate of Dance World 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 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 taught widely across the Wellington region and regularly taught classes for the NZSD Scholars before starting Wellington Ballet Studio in 2015. I have over ten years of dance teaching experience, and find it hugely rewarding to work with children from when they are tiny two year olds, through to their teenage years. I hope to see WBS grow to become an asset to the community.
We are delighted to welcome Jess to our teaching team for 2021. Jess is a freelance performer born and raised in Wellington. Jess graduated from the New Zealand School Of Dance and Sydney Dance Company with a Diploma in Performing Arts. Since graduating, Jess’ highlights have been touring New Zealand performing Onepū with Atamira Dance Company, performing with The New Zealand Dance Company at the Woman of Influence Awards, working on a major upcoming film in Wellington as an action performer and receiving multiple ‘best choreography’ awards for her private lesson students dances at local competitions.
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.