Founder, Owner & Director of SJDC
Contemporary, Jazz & Ballet instrUCtor
Sophie started Sophie Jean Dance Company in 2016. She studied a Bachelor of Dance Studies with Honours at the University of Auckland. Sophie is currently teaching NCEA dance in secondary schools and is working on a new choreography that is being performed at the Hawkes Bay Art's Festival. She has also created an overseas education experience for her senior dance students to head over to Canada to attend a summer dance camp with Stacey Witt at MacDonald Island Dance Company. Her choreography has been presented in Tempo Dance Festival in 2015 (performer & choreographer), Short and Sweet Dance Festival (2013) where she was awarded People's Choice Award, The University of Auckland Blues award ceremony (2013), and in 2012 Sophie was awarded The University of Auckland Blues award for Chorography. She has been a part in many performances including Camelle Pinks Choreography Unfurl performed in Sydney, Short and Sweet Festival (2013/2015), and Auckland of University Action show (2014), Monster Valley experiment her own choreography and in Helen Foy choreography (2014), Short & Sweet Dance Festival in my own choreography - 2013 (awarded People's Choice Award), Tempo Dance Festival – Tertiary Colours Choreographed by Pee Jung Lee (2012), Youth Dance Festival in Singapore collaboration choreography with Pee Jung Lee & Nita Latu – 2012, Lead performer in SACRE Performance choreographed by International choreographers Volker Eisenach & Royston Maldoom and guests Taiaroa Royal & Moss Paterson (2011)
JAZZ, TAP, MINI MOVER &
BEGINNER CONTEMPORARY instrUCtor
Stacey is from Canada, and brings 24 years of dance experience to Sophie Jean Dance Company. She started teaching at Sophie Jean Dance Company in 2019 & was teaching dance for the past 4 years in Alberta, Canada at MacDonald Island Dance Academy (2014-2018). Stacey has studied a range of dance styles from contemporary, jazz, hip hop, modern, tap, ballet, African, Acro and musical theatre at various dance academies. Stacey has trained with the Canadian National Tap Team (2007-2009) & Canadian National Jazz Dance Team (2009) cas well as the Matthew Clark Dance Company, competing in world dance competitions in Germany, Poland and Spain and taking home 3 gold medals from the experience! She also was a part of the Tap Reloaded Euopean dance tour (2010), performing in Malta, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Stacey continued to develop her dance training at the University of Auckland in New Zealand for 3 years (2011-2014), where she also met Sophie! She is extremely passionate and believes in providing a dance education that is fun, inclusive and inspiring for all ages & levels! She is excited to join the Sophie Jean Dance Company family!
HIP HOP, boys only & BALLET instrUCtor
Liam is from Hawkes Bay and has a passion for classical ballet. Liam started dance training at age 7 in tap and jazz, then added hip hop. He started ballet at age 13 and it is then he realised ballet was his passion. At age 16 he began training full time with Southern Ballet Theatre training in RAD BBO and Vaganova ballet and Pilates. During these formative years Liam was a NZSD senior associate and competed successfully in regional competitions receiving the Anita Curtis cup twice, Southern Ballet Awards semi finalist and Nationally at PACANZ as a semi finalist. Whilst at Southern Ballet Liam was chosen for the Pas de deux role for Prince Charming and Captain Hook in Southerns full length productions. Liam was also in the Senior Performance Group performing both classical, neo classical and contemporary throughout the year such as Pas de deux in both Don Quixote and Nutcracker, Petrushka’s Blackamoor solo.
Upon completing his Advanced RAD and BBO Advanced exams Liam was then accepted with Full Scholarship into Queensland Ballet Academy Senior Programme. Liam was also accepted into Alberta Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Queensland National Ballet and reached Final Audition at Australian Ballet School. Liam looks forward to teaching ballet, hip hop, boys class and cross training for dance.