Rise Dance Teachers

Get to know the team at Rise Dance Company
Molly Taylor

Hi, I’m Molly! I have had a passion and desire to dance ever since I was just three years old and I started out as a ballet, jazz and modern dancer! When I turned 8 I found hip hop/street dance and I fell in love with the music, diversity, attitude and style! I’d finally found a genre of dance that I could truly be myself with, I could be whoever and whatever I wanted, I could be girly, gangsta, fun – anything! After a while with an open mind and imagination I became more creative and began choreographing my own pieces, I LOVE to choreograph!

I moved to New Zealand 7 years ago from England and saw a completely new and different side of dance compared to what I had learnt in the UK which expanded my love of dance even more! New Zealand was a big move for us and we settled in Papamoa where I found a competitive dance crew! We competed in various hip-hop competitions around NZ and from these competitions I found an Auckland crew of women that amazed and inspired me to be able to dance like them one day! Request Dance Crew and The Royal Family was created by an amazing woman named Parris Goebel and my ambition from then on was to one day dance with them. After finishing school I auditioned for a mixed teens Royal Family Crew. To my surprise I was chosen out of the hundreds that auditioned, it was one of the happiest days of my life! While I was part of the crew I learnt so much – how to understand my body and push myself far beyond my limits. Our crew placed 1st in the Waikato regionals and 2nd in the NZ Hip Hop Championships!

Our next stop was the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas but unfortunately, we were unable to raise the funds for our team to attend but I am inspired and really hoping to get one of our Rise Hip Hop Crews to Worlds. Rise! I feel so privileged to be working with Rise Dance Company! There is nothing more rewarding than being able to see students progressing from passing on your knowledge and passion for dance!

Ellie Rostron
Ellie’s love for dancing began at the age of 3 years old when her mum put her into her first ballet classes. This love turned into a huge passion which led Ellie to move to Australia at the age of 18 to train full time at a ballet school.
Ellie loves sharing her knowledge and experience with her students whilst watching them grow and develop new skills each week during lessons.
Ellie is very excited to be teaching at Rise and is looking forward to the year ahead.
Brad Pitman
Brad started his dance career in 2006 at Hardcore Dance Company in Whangarei with Hayden and Annalise Wood, which saw him progress from a dancer to choreographer over a 5-year period
After a year travelling to Auckland to dance at the Palace Dance Studio with Parris Goebel, Brad moved down to Wellington and danced at The Company NZ with Ben Uili. These people have all helped to shape Brad’s high attention to detail, intricate musicality, and choreography style.
His competition accolades include the following;
2007 World Hip Hop Championships – Dancer (Encore)
2009 World Hip Hop Championships – Co-Choreographer (Kani Krew)
2010 FISAF Nationals Championships Winner – Dancer & Choreographer (Encore)
2011 World Hip Hop Championships – Dancer (The Company NZ)
2012 National Hip Hop Championships 3rd Place – Choreographer (Future Crew)
2012 World Hip Hop Championships – Choreographer (Future Crew)
Brad had taken a break from dance before returning to Rise Dance Company in 2020. He is heavily involved in other sports around the community and has a passion for high performance and development programs.
“Being at Rise Dance Company has given me an awesome opportunity to get back into the dance community and to develop our dancers to be the best they can”
Bridie Foote

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Hana Woolford

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Chare Park

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Mylinda Reid
Mylinda began to dance at age 5 with Faye Harbottle in Matamata but studied predominantly at The Dance Education Centre in Tauranga, gaining her Advanced in RAD ballet. She placed second in the Young Performer of the Year and won the Jonathan Logan Award.
Mylinda was invited to train at a full-time ballet school, Christine Walsh Dance Centre in Melbourne where she gained a Certificate in Classical Ballet. She then went on to complete with Honours an Associate Degree in Dance at the Queensland University of Technology.
After returning to New Zealand she worked and performed with Black Grace Contemporary Dance Company on their NZ tour of “Amata” before successfully auditioning for Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. She has travelled, performed and taught in many dance genres for over 7 years on various Royal Caribbean cruise ships.
Since returning home Mylinda has developed her own Barre fitness classes and has guest tutored on MSC Cruise lines. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and love for dance.
Kirsten Plowman
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Chloe Woolford
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