Rise Dance Company
Public or School classes
What’s the difference?
At Rise Dance Company our experienced dance instructors share their passion for dance with over 800 students weekly. Our belief is that everyone should dance regardless of age, ability or gender and that dancing should, first and foremost, be fun. We take pride in offering high quality dance lessons at an affordable price. We have classes for 2-year-olds right through to adults.
You can find classes in Hip Hop, Acro Dance, Jazz, Ballet & Contemporary and have studios in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and Omokoroa as well as teaching in many local schools.
Growth is a huge part of why we do what we do here at Rise, we love to see our students grow as dancers and as great young people. We offer a range of extension and development opportunities through our dance styles. These include our Rise Dance Academies, Competition Crews/Troupes, Guest Workshops and Technical Jazz & Ballet Exams.
RISE DANCE COMPANY OWNERS
Rise Dance Company is owned by local business people Aaron & Kylie Gill.
Aaron is a Projects & Management Specialist for Fulton while Kylie looks after Products & Packaging for Zespri.
They have taken over ownership of Rise in 2021 and are looking forward to continue the growth and success that Rise has developed over a number of years.
Kylie is an ex-dancer and though Aaron rarely shows off his moves, both are extremely passionate about providing opportunities to their community and supporting their awesome team of teachers who make Rise everything it is.
Aaron & Kylie have daughter – Sasha who enjoys hip hop and contemporary classes at Rise and a son – Nixon who enjoys mountain biking, coding and staying busy.
Welcome our new Operations Manager at Rise Dance Company – Brad Pitman
Brad has an extensive background in sports management and development and has been involved in the dance industry to an International level, both as a dancer and as a choreographer. He has a passion for athlete development, creating pathways and programme implementation right from entry level to elite competitiors. His role will be to maintain the day to day operation of Rise Dance, while identifying opportunities to improve the business and increase the opportunities and outcomes for our dancers.
Welcome our Administration Assistant at Rise Dance Company – Bridie Foote
Bridie comes to us from Wellington where she looked after the administrative duties for a dance school down there. She is a former ballerina and now with a young family, enjoys seeing new kids take up the love of dance. She has experience in preschool programmes, organsing shows and managing merchandise and uniforms.
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
Head of Department: Hip Hop & Schools – Tina Halliwell
Tina, while teaching classes in Hip Hop, Schools, Jazz & Contemporary will take up the role of Head of Department for Hip Hop & Schools. Her role will extend to looking after our Hip Hop & Schools Teachers and ensuring they are preparing well, delivering great classes and supported to do their best. Tina will also take on active role in the administrative process for Hip Hop Crews and Hip Hop Show Classes.
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
Head of Department: Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary & Acro – Brooke Smith
Brooke, while teaching Jazz, Extension Jazz and our Competition Jazz Troupes will take up the role of Head of Department: Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary & Acro. Her role will extend to the Management of our Competition Troupes, Technical Private Lessons, and looking after our Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary & Acro Teachers and ensuring they are preparing well, delivering great classes and supported to do their best. Brooke will also take an active lead in developing our Rise Performance Academy.