Rise Dance Teachers

Get to know the team at Rise Dance Company
Molly Taylor

Introducing, Molly Taylor!
Hip Hop, Contemporary, Crews & Troupes

Molly has been teaching at Rise for 10 years and is our resident crews’ specialist. You will find her in hip hop classes, crew trainings and assisting with contemporary troupes. She started out with ballet and jazz at 3 years old before finding her love for hip hop dance and music at age 8. Here she was able to express herself and be anything she wanted. After moving to New Zealand in 2007, she saw a whole new side of hip hop, which inspired her even more to continue choreographing and training. After finishing High School, Molly auditioned and was selected to compete with a crew representing The Palace Dance Studio and The Royal Family.

Molly loves the crew environment and seeing dancers push to be the best version of themselves. Her classes are high intensity, always fun and will leaving you wanting more. She is dedicated to her students and will make sure they grow every time they see her.

Ellie Rostron

Introducing, Ellie Rostron!
Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical & Solo Privates

Ellie’s love for dancing began at 3 years old, when her mum put her into her first ballet class. This turned into a lifelong passion and she continued dancing at Gillian Moore until she was 18. She trained through her RAD ballet exams and gained entrance to train full time in Australia. Ellie spent time travelling around the world and returned to New Zealand to study and begin teaching. She has built strong teaching experience with strong technical foundation knowledge and the ability to constantly challenge her students.

Ellie loves to see students improve their technical ability and understand their movement. Her students love to see their personal growth in her classes and working towards their exams and assessments.

Brad Pitman

Introducing, Brad Pitman!
Operations Manager, Hip Hop, Acro, Crews & Troupes

Brad stumbled into dancing at 12 years old after his sisters group won the 2007 National Champs. From here he began dancing and choreographing to an international level at Hardcore Dance Company, The Company NZ and The Palace. His highlights include competing at 5 World Hip Hop Champs as either a dancer or Choreographer. He has a strong technical background and understanding of styles, staging and performance techniques. Brad is also involved in high performance sport and programme delivery, so brings this expertise with him. He manages Rise Dance Company and directs all dance-related operations.

His classes are always well structured and provide depth of knowledge. His goal is to continue to grow Rise and its staff, dancers and families to be the best in the country.

Bridie Foote

Introducing, Bridie Foote!
Administration Assistant, Pre-School Classes

Bridie has been part of the Rise Dance family for 2 years after moving to Tauranga, from Wellington. Her dance background is in ballet and jazz, where she danced and trained until spending a number of season on the SuperYachts in Europe. Her passion for dance has never died down and she enjoys getting the dance shoes back out every now and then. She has 2 young daughters and enjoys seeing them taking up dance classes and encourages them to be have fun. Bridie takes the lead in our Pre-School programme and has developed our own Rise-branded syllabus for this age-group.

Bridie’s classes are always bright and bubbly, full of encouragement, experimentation and growth. She is a bright spark and loves to see dancers trying new things, smiling and laughing together.

Hana Woolford

Introducing, Hana Woolford!
Jazz, Contemporary, Troupes

Hana is in her second year of teaching at Rise and has come into the exam and troupe space in 2022. Originally from Rotorua, Hana trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet and Hip Hop through AmJazz before gaining the highest jazz exam results in Australasia and accepted a scholarship to Ettinghausens Dance School in Australia. From here she worked professionally in Australia, New Zealand and China as a performer and teacher. She still does professional dance gigs in New Zealand and helps out with her partners Painting Company.

Hana is full of creativity and challenges her dancers to think outside the box. Her technical knowledge and commercial experience create an environment that will prepare her dancers for a successful and long standing dance career.

Chare Park

Introducing, Chare Park!
Administration Assistant, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Acro

Chare has recently completed and graduated from her Bachelors Degree in Dance through the University of Auckland and has been involved in stage shows, productions and competitive gymnastics from a young age. Her dance background is paired with a strong understanding of the body, movement, alignment and the physical wear and tear from dance. Chare loves to make sure her students are enjoying class, but are doing it in a safe and correct manner.

Chare is full of energy and loves to come up with new ideas and concepts in her classes and routines. Her class environment is challenging and inclusive and she is dedicated to the growth of her students.  

Mylinda Reid

Introducing, Mylinda Reid!
Ballet, Pointe, Adult Barre

Mylinda began dancing with Faye Harbottle in Matamata, before training at DEC in Tauranga where she gained her RAD Advanced Ballet. She placed 2nd in the Young Performer of the Year and won the Jonathan Logan Award. She was invited to train at the Christine Walsh Dance Centre in Melbourne where she gained a Certificate in Classical Ballet  before completing a Associate Degree in Dance with Honours at the Queensland University of Technology. She performed with NZ’s Black Grace before spending 7 years as a dancer and teacher on various Royal Caribbean Cruiselines.

Mylinda has an excellent eye for technique and strong ballet foundation, challenging her students at the highest level to improve. We are very lucky to have Mylinda delivering her own Adult Barre classes through Rise which are an absolute experience.

Kirsten Plowman

Introducing, Kirsten Plowman!
Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop

Kirsten started dance classes at 8 years old at AmJazz Rotorua with Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary and continued dancing ever since. She began choreographing and teaching at the age of 13 and has fallen in love with the art of creating choreography. She gained entry to full time dance school in Sydney and completed a Diploma in Musical Theatre, while dancing at local studios and taking singing and acting lessons. Since being back in New Zealand, Kirsten has taught at Rise Dance Company, AmJazz Rotorua and Lakes Performing Arts Centre. We are very lucky to have Kirsten back at Rise and are looking forward to her passion and flavour being shared with her students.

Kirsten is completing her study in Massage Therapy and preparing to continue her professional dance career. She would love to dance and gain experience through LA studios and performance opportunities.

Chloe Woolford
More to come! Watch this space