Sharon graduated from the National Ballet School (NZQA) under the artistic directorship of Ann Judson (MNZM). While there she had the privilege of learning from ballet masters such as Russell Kerr (QSM), Professor Xu (Beijing Institute), Stanislav Issaev (People’s Artist's of Russia), and attained both her Advanced RAD and BBO exam certificates under the careful expert guidance of Ann Judson.
During her time at the National Ballet School, she was honoured when chosen to travel to Kyoto, Japan to perform with the Higaki Ballet Company in their production of Giselle and Coppelia. Another highlight was the opportunity to dance alongside Julie Kent and Guillaum Graffin in Pas de Trois, LeSylphide. After graduation, Sharon was the first ballet company dancer from New Zealand to be offered a contract with the Guangzhou Ballet Company of China. Following her time in China, she travelled to Canyon Concert Ballet Company, Colorado, the U.S.A. to be mentored once again by Issaev and perform in his production of Peter Pan. Her time in the U.S.A was greatly influenced by Colorado Ballet's Lorita Travaglia who sparked her love for the Vaganova training methodology.
Sharon has taught hundreds of ballet students, entering children of all ages into exams and co-producing Southern Ballet's annual yearly production held at the Isaac Theatre Royal. She has also produced a number of delightful original works for the Junior Ballet Company’s annual Kidsfest season such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Hansel and Gretel, Ballet Cuisine.
Her passion for teaching and working with students to fulfil their own dance dreams brings her the greatest of joy.
Fleur has grown up with dancing in her genes. Since the age of 3yrs, she has been taught by her mother Ann Judson (MNZM) and founding director of the National Ballet School/IBA. Naturally, she gained a wealth of knowledge by being surrounded by dance daily. Fleur travelled abroad to train as a full-time dance student, aged 14yrs, at the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in Sydney. After moving back to NZ Fleur completed a Classical Dance Diploma at the NZSD in Wellington and joined the RNZB en tour for a season in New Zealand.
Fleur discovered a passion for teaching during her studies in Wellington and has since settled back into her hometown of Christchurch to become a Qualified BBO Dance Teacher (Associate 2), a Qualified BBO examiner for NZ and a Qualified Primary School teacher. This has led her to teach at various BBO Concourses in NZ in BBO Syllabus, Stretch and Conditioning and Pointe work classes.
Entirely in her element in the theatre, Fleur has choreographed and staged a variety of Dance Productions for local Primary and Intermediate Schools. She thoroughly enjoys teaching children of all ages in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance and hopes to help each student discover their natural talent for moving and develop confidence in themselves as people.
Destiny has experience in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary. She has been dancing since the age of 4 with Southern Ballet and Convergence Dance Studios. She has also gained distinction in her Advanced 2 BBO and RAD ballet and NZAMD Solo Diploma Jazz and Contemporary.
In 2019 she was awarded a scholarship to DanceWorks London, took part in Showbiz New Zealand’s ‘Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber’ and was a PACANZ Semi Finalist. In 2020-2021 Destiny was a performer in a New Zealand written show ‘Tūmahana’ as well as performing in the Weber Bro’s Circus “The Enchanted Christmas Show.”