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!
At the age of 12 Beverley started dancing at Rezpect Dance Studio where she just took classes. Then at the age of 13 she moved into a crew where she competed locally at Hawkes Bay hip hop regionals 2015, Battle In The Bays and Versus, She also competed at Hip Hop Unite in Wellington. Then in 2016 Beverley competed again Hawkes Bay hip hop regionals where she placed 2nd with her crew and moved onto compete at hip hop nationals in Auckland. Also that year she competed again at hip hop unite. At Karamu high school in year 11 and 12 Beverley took NCEA Dance where she gained merit and excellences and also was given the opportunity to teach dance to the younger year levels. In 2016 and 2018 during one of the holidays Beverley travelled up the Auckland and took a three day dance intensive at The Palace dance studio with the famous Parris Goebel. Last year at Havelock high school Beverley was lucky enough to choreograph the hip hop section for the showquest performance and was also given the opportunity to play the main role. Early this year before lockdown She was given the opportunity to teach hip hop to year 9 dance at class at Karamu High School. We're so excited to have Beverley join our team!