STAFF

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.

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MANDY
ROBERTS

DIRECTOR

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.

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VIRGINIA

KENNARD

Head of Jazz, Contemporary

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.

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HAYLEY
GIBSON

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.

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KIRA
JOSEPHSON

Theatre Day Tap, Adult Tap

Kira was born in the US, where she attended the Orange County School of the Arts (majoring in Musical Theatre) and went on to get her B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Stephens College. Since then, she has been working in theatre professionally around the United States and now in New Zealand. Since moving to Christchurch she has appeared in numerous shows, including at The Court Theatre and with Showbiz. She will soon be appearing in Season 28 and Season 29 of the TV series, Power Rangers: Dino Fury.

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CHLOE

ROBERTSON

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.

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BILLIE
MACGIBBON

Tap, Jazz, Theatre Day Jazz

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.

 

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NIGEL

WITHINGTON

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.

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HANA

PEARCE

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.

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SEAN

JAMES

Ballet

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.