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Sharon Tite

 

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, Le Sylphide. After graduation, Sharon was the first

Ballet Company Dancer from New Zealand to be offered a contract with Guangzhou

Ballet Company in China of which she feels very proud of. 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 danced such roles as: 'The Mistress of the

Copper Mountain' as the "Stoneflower", 'Pas de Quatre', 'Pas de Trios', Tinkerbell in 'Peter

Pan, a soloist in 'Giselle', and many more.

 

After travelling home to Christchurch to raise a family she attained her level three Bbodance teachers certificate and settled into teaching at Southern Ballet Theatre for the next 18 years. Lorraine Peters (QSM) had a great influence and she will feel forever blessed to have been able to watch and learn from the very best. Sharon has taught hundreds of ballet students, entering children of all ages into exams, competitions and co-producing Southern Ballet's annual yearly production held at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

She has also coached many students in local and regional competitions and specialises in

choreographing and coaching Classical Ballet Solos, Demi Characters, Barefoot and

Variation dances with great results.

 

Her fondest memories of Southern Ballet Theatre are her times working with the

Junior Ballet Company and has produced a number of delightful original works for

Kidsfest such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Hansel and Gretel, Ballet Cuisine,

The Jungle Book, and the Carnival of the Animals.

Currently in 2021 she enjoys freelance teaching at St Andrew's College, St Margaret's College, Seven Oaks School and for the Aspire program at Convergence Dance Studios and is passionate about continuing to grow her newly formed school - DANCE CENTRAL

 

Destiny Beynon

Destiny has experience in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary since the age of 4 with teachers Lioudmila Solovieva, Hayley Watts, Glen Harris, Sharon Tite and Monique Nixon.

 

Destiny was awarded the BBO Alicia Makarova Senior Ballet Award in 2014 and New Zealand School of Dance Winter School Scholarship in 2015. She was also a finalist in the South Island ballet award as a Junior and a Semi Finalist as a Senior.

In 2019 she was awarded a scholarship to Danceworks London by DMI, took part in Showbiz New Zealand’s “Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and was a PACANZ semi-finalist.

Destiny has also gained distinction in her Advanced 2 BBO and RAD ballet and NZAMD Solo Diploma Jazz and Contemporary. She was also a finalist in the NZAMD scholarship award for Jazz.

Destiny also performed solo in Kate Owen’s music video for her song Lullaby, is currently performs with EPIC Entertainment, has collaborated with Circo Kali in local events and recently took part in a show Tūmahana based on a South Island Māori story.