Ballet and Repertoire
Katie Hurst-Saxton; ARAD, RAD Solo Seal
Christchurch born and trained, Katie Hurst-Saxton was offered a full contract at the age of 16 with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. This led to a 9 year career with the RNZB touring to the UK, China, the USA and Australia, as well as regular tours of NZ.
Miss Katie has had the privilege of dancing the Principal roles in many of the great ballets such as: Coppelia, Giselle, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, and Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. She has also performed Soloist roles in Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Dracula, Milagros and many other productions. After teaching, adjudicating, and freelance dancing, for 5 years around NZ and Australia, Miss Katie joined the Victorian State Ballet in Melbourne as Principal Artist.
While back in Chch during the Christmas holidays in 2016, Katie took class with the RNZB and was offered another contract. Once again she had the opportunity to perform Principal and Soloist roles, these included Vivette in Roland Petit’s L’Arelsienne and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Now retired from dancing, Katie is passionate about passing on her knowledge and experience to the next generation of dancers.
Fleur Rodway began dancing in Invercargill at age five. At 16, she moved to Christchurch to study at the International Ballet Academy with Sherilyn Kennedy, Carl Myers, Russell Kerr and Sheryl Robinson. After three years of full-time study, Miss Fleur decided to direct her energy towards ballet teaching. She completed the Royal Academy of Dance’s Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies while studying towards a Bachelor of Arts at Canterbury University.
In 2012, Miss Fleur moved to Wellington to undertake further study at Victoria University. Her research at Victoria focused on the theatre, performance art and dance. She graduated in 2014 with a first class honours degree in Art History.
Miss Fleur has over 10 years of ballet teaching experience and is excited to be able to share her love of classical ballet and the intricacies of pointe technique with the students at En Pointe.
Ballet and Adult Ballet
Gina Reid started dancing as soon as she could walk but only started ballet training at aged 18 with Tony Fabella and Eddie Elejar. Her continued jazz training was with Marissa Aboitiz. Miss Gina is a former principal with the Manila Metropolis Ballet and Fabella-Elejar Dancers, and traveled extensively as a member of the Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe. Prior to her shifting to Scotland, Miss Gina danced briefly with the Philippine Ballet Theatre.
Miss Gina has taught ballet and jazz for many years whilst living in Scotland, teaching child through to adults and continued to teach the RAD ballet syllabus from Primary to Vocational when she shifted to New Zealand.
Having been teaching for many years, Miss Gina decided to undertake and successfully complete the Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies (DDTS) offered by the RAD, London to become a qualified Registered RAD Teacher.
Miss Gina would love to share her passion and wealth of experience for dance with her students ensuring that each and every student develops to the best of their potential whilst also experiencing the enjoyment dance brings.
Contemporary and Yoga
Gina Andrews; DDP in Contemporary, IDTA Associate Ballet and Jazz
Gina Andrews began dancing in her hometown of Nelson. As well as completing performance examinations, she achieved IDTA Associate level teaching qualifications in ballet and modern jazz.
In 2007 Miss Gina moved to Wellington to study at New Zealand School of Dance as a contemporary major and was awarded the Katrina Todd Scholarship in her second year. Since graduating in 2009 she has freelanced as a dancer/performer around New Zealand, working with an inspiring range of creative artists and performers.
More recently Miss Gina has been working in the health and fitness industry as a barre fitness instructor and club manager, alongside teaching contemporary technique at NZ School of Dance.
Ballet and Repertoire
Alina Kulikova found her passion for dance growing up in Russia’s deep North – leaving home at the age of 11 to train at the Komi Republic Gymnasium and College of Arts. After graduating the Vaganova system with a Diploma of Classical Ballet she moved to Moscow to work professionally for the Russian National Ballet and the Imperial Russian Ballet as a soloist.
Although Classically trained, Alina has also danced Contemporary, Neo-classical and folk choreography. A career highlight has been performing the Classical Masterpieces that have inspired her in theatres around Europe, America, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Miss Alina is proud to share her experience and love for Ballet with the students of En Pointe.
“Ballet has taught me freedom through discipline, it has taught me about my own culture, other peoples and how we connect through Art.”
Alina has completed her Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate (PDPTC) though RAD to gain her RAD teacher registration.
Ballet, Contemporary and Progressing Ballet Technique
Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. Kathryn Crawford has been dancing most of her life. Miss Kathryn trained at the Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts under John Ottmann, while attending various summer programs on scholarship, including the Goh Ballet Academy, Banff Centre of Fine Arts, and Ballet British Columbia Summer Intensive.
Upon graduating, Miss Kathryn was a part of the Ballet British Columbia Apprentice Program for 2 years, where she had the opportunity to perform featured roles in works by Emily Molnar, John Alleyne, Simone Orlando, and James Gnam among others. Following this she was offered and accepted a place in the company.
She has also worked with companies such as the plastic orchid factory, Judith Marcuse Projects and had the opportunity to work with Melanie Demers, Louise Bedard and Austin McCormick while participating in the Springboard Professional Project in Montreal. Miss Kathryn’s career has taken her across North America and to Asia, where she performed in the Bangkok International Festival with Move: the Company. Miss Kathryn also had a principal role in the short dance film, ‘Time Before the Light’, directed by Ryan Copple. Kathryn’s choreography has been featured in Vancouver at events such as Dances for a Small Stage, as well as winning awards at competitions throughout the greater Vancouver area. Kathryn recently completed a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at the University of British Columbia, focusing on injury prevention, anatomy and physiology. Miss Kathryn is a passionate and engaging tutor who continues to dance and share her love of the art form with students.
Ballet and Boys workshops
Described by Dance Aotearoa New Zealand as ‘A creative tour de force’, Loughlan Prior is an award winning Aussie/Kiwi choreographer and film maker based in Wellington. He is a soloist and Choreographer in Residence with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
After graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance he joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2010 and began creating small works for the company, becoming the first recipient of the Ballet Foundation of New Zealand’s Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award in 2015 for his ballet EVE. He received Creative New Zealand’s Tup Lang Choreographic Award in 2016 and travelled to Toronto to stage his work Curious Alchemy at the Assemblée Internationale.
Prior was appointed to the position of Choreographer in Residence at the RNZB in 2018 and has been the Creative Director of Prior Visual, a project based film collective, since 2014.
His stage work has premiered in Australia, Germany, Canada and the United States, and he has presented work for a diverse range of Kiwi companies and creative partners, including iD Fashion Week, Te Papa National Museum, WGT LUX Light Festival, Tempo Festival, Zambesi ‘Show’ Wellington and TV3’s Dancing with the Stars.
His dance films have enjoyed screenings at the New Zealand International Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Centre, #60secondsdance Denmark, San Francisco Dance Film Festival and the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival.
This year Loughlan will premiere The Appearance of Colour, a new commission for Queensland Ballet’s innovative contemporary programme Bespoke, as well as Hansel & Gretel, his first full length production, for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
In 2020 he is set to create an exciting new ballet for Singapore Dance Theatre as part of the company’s international Passages programme.