At Impact, we believe that it is important for students to work with many different choreographers. As such, our list of staff is extensive, and many tutors teach the same styles to ensure that the students learn from a range of tutors throughout their time at Impact.
Head of Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre
Mandy Roberts (Miss Mandy) is the sole Director of Impact. Impact provides a unique opportunity for performers to develop creativity, artistry, and a high level of technical proficiency in dance and musical theatre.
Mandy has an extensive background in musical theatre and dance. She has been dancing for more than 45 years, teaching and choreographing for more than 40 years and been appearing in musical theatre shows for over 25 years.
Head of Jazz
Virginia is trained in a variety of styles of dance, and has completed Advanced 1 and 2 AJDA jazz examinations. She also completed RAD ballet examinations up to Intermediate level. Virginia received her diploma in performing arts, majoring in Commercial Dance, from Wellington Performing Arts Centre (now Whitireia). Most recently, Virginia studied in the UK, receiving her Masters in Performance from Leeds Beckett University in 2017.
Hip Hop, Junior Contemporary
Hayley has been dancing and performing at Impact Dance and Stage School since she was 4 years old, starting off in Tap and Jazz and picking up Contemporary, Musical Theatre ,and Hip Hop later on. For 6 years she has been involved in Impact’s Hip Hop classes which helped her to find her love for the style. Since then she has competed and performed with Hip Hop in various competitions and showcases through school and is excited for the opportunity now to teach the younger classes here at Impact.
Contemporary, Theatre Day Jazz
Rylie has been dancing at Impact Dance and Stage School since she was three years old, training in tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballet, acrobatics, singing, drama, and musical theatre. Rylie has been involved in a number of Showbiz productions, including 2019's We Will Rock You. Rylie is a performer in 2022's Wellington Fringe Festival, and in 2021 was a featured dancer for an as-yet unreleased feature film.
Teen Hip Hop
Chloe Robertson is a Dunedin-born performer who is currently in her second year of training at NASDA. She started dancing in 2013, originally in hip hop, being apart of many competitive crews, and has since expanded her repertoire to include contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap and musical theatre. Chloe loves all areas of performing and plans to continue teaching dance in the future alongside looking into educational theatre and returning to competitive crews.
Tap, Jazz, Theatre Day Tap
Billie began dancing at the age of 2, starting with tap and jazz and then adding on musical theatre, contemporary, hip hop, and ballet. Billie has extensive training in both tap and jazz, having trained in tap since 2002 and jazz since 2003. Billie completed her AJDA Advanced Jazz exam in 2019 and received a Distinction mark in her BAL Advanced Tap exam in 2016. Billie has been a dedicated tutor at Impact since 2016.
Theatre Day Singing
Nigel has a strong, diverse musical background and began his singing career in choirs and regional music festivals in primary school. Nigel has trained classically and is a member of the New Zealand Opera chorus. Nigel holds an Advanced Certificate in Singing from Trinity Guildhall. Nigel also regularly performs around Christchurch with “The Opera Club”, cabaret band “The Great Pretenders” and in duo act “The Fun Key Notes”. Nigel is also a regular soloist in Christchurch’s annual “Carols by Candlelight” event.
Theatre Day Drama
Hana has had a long association with Impact Dance and Stage School, having started lessons when she was 7 and completing her senior tap and jazz exams in 2020. In addition to Impact, she has performed with Showbiz Christchurch and MUSOC. Hana is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Canterbury. In recent years, Hana has also choreographed several shows including Mary Poppins Jnr, Cry Baby, and most recently, Chicago. She is passionate about helping students find their voice and confidence through Performing Arts.
After starting ballet at age 8 to avoid going to cub scouts, Sean
spent several years as the only male ballet dancer on the West Coast before beginning training at the NZ School of Dance, gaining a 3rd year performance diploma in 1988. Sean has since danced with the NZ Ballet, and joined Christchurch's Southern Ballet as principal male dancer. He has toured New Zealand in musicals, performed with the Canterbury Opera, danced with several local contemporary dance groups, and is an active member of Rebound Dance Company. Sean teaches ballet, contemporary, pas de deux and partnering.
Theatre Day Acrobatics