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Our Vision

OUR VISION is to unlock every student’s potential, building confidence and developing excellence in dance and performance. To create a vibrant and energized dance environment which students, teachers and parents are excited to be a part of. 

WE ARE THE EXTREME TEAM.

We are committed to doing whatever it takes to grow and learn, and to having a fantastic time along the way. 

Our Teachers

Emma Johnson and John Linkhorn

A dancer since she was a pre-­‐schooler, Emma began her teaching career in 1990, completing her teacher training under Suzanne Denton & Paula Hunt. Emma has been teaching full-­‐time since 1995, and in 2005 together with her husband John, founded Extreme Dance. Extreme Dance has grown into one of the most innovative and well-­‐known dance schools in the greater Wellington region, with students going on to pursue full time professional training, and professional careers on the stage and as teachers. Emma is passionate about instilling a love of dance in children, and enjoys the challenge of helping each student to realize and achieve their potential. In addition to teaching, she is strongly committed to ongoing professional development, and regularly attends workshops and training courses, in addition to adjudicating at dance competitions nation wide.

John grew up studying Classical Ballet, Tap & Jazz, and spent much of his childhood on the stage, performing in numerous productions and shows. In 1990 he was the first male to be awarded the NZAMD Solo Performance Diploma for Jazz. John commenced full-­‐time tertiary dance training at the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne) in 1991, but was forced to abandon training following a dance injury. In 1999 John began teaching HipHop and Tap classes and in 2008 left his ‘real job’ to work at the studio full-­‐time. In 2010, John was one of the first teachers to successfully achieve the NZAMD Teaching Certificate, and in 2016 will commence the RAD Classical Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) programme. John is proud of what Extreme Dance has achieved over the last ten years, and is excited about the future direction the studio is taking.

Esther Robinson

Esther’s love of dance started at age 4 with her first Ballet class and she knew from a very early age that she would spend her whole life dancing. She studied many styles of dance including Jazz, Contemporary, and Lyrical but will always think of ballet as her first love. She began assisting Emma with classes in 2001 and it was then she developed her passion for teaching. She has loved every moment of being part of the Extreme teaching team since then. After College Esther went on to study full-time at Wellington Performing Arts Centre gaining a Diploma in Commercial Dance (with distinction). Following graduation she moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in dance, while here she successfully auditioned and got a contract at Tokyo Disneyland, she loved every moment of her time living and working in Japan as a princess. After this, Esther began working as a dancer for Princess Cruises and felt like her dream of working as a dancer had finally come true. During her 5 contracts she was lucky enough to travel the world and feels very fortunate to have made a career out of something that makes her so happy. At the beginning of 2014 she retired from performing and came back to Wellington. Since then she has been back teaching full time and gets so much joy out of passing on her passion and experience to the students at Extreme Dance.

 

Katelyn Craig

Katelyn was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. She began dancing at the age of 3, under the direction of Emma Johnson and John Linkhorn. Taking part in Ballet and Jazz, from this moment she knew dancing was something special. Later throughout life she took up Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip-­‐ Hop, Tap and Pilates/body conditioning. Katelyn has been dancing with Extreme Dance for 15 years and started teaching in 2014. After completing Level 3 NCEA at college in 2013 she went on to study Commercial Dance at Whitireia Performing Arts Centre. Katelyn has recently graduated with a Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) and is moving into her third year to gain a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Dance). Katelyn has also gained many other achievements within in dance including qualifications in NZAMD Jazz, Hip-­‐Hop, Contemporary, BTDA Ballet and Lyrical, NZAMD Licentiate (Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-­‐ Hop), took part in the NZAMD Scholarships from 2010-­‐2014, and has also been part of many performances and shows. Katelyn has always had a passion for dance and teaching, and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

 

Andrea Taylor

Andrea has been dancing since the age of 6 and while her love of dance began with jazz, over the years she picked up every style available including tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and ballet. Tap quickly became her passion and she achieved her NZAMD solo diploma in tap in 2008. Andrea is a registered NZAMD teacher and began teaching at Extreme Dance in 2006. Despite taking a few breaks for international travel and study, she always comes home to Extreme. Andrea was a part of the Extreme Dance team that travelled to the USA in 2012, performing at Disneyland and Universal Studios, and taking classes from world-­‐ renowned choreographers and dancers in LA and New York – an amazing opportunity that she will never forget! On top of teaching at Extreme, Andrea will be completing her honours degree in Psychology in 2016. She can’t wait for an action packed, fun-­‐filled year and looks forward to passing on her love of rhythm and dance.

Esther Robinson

Esther’s love of dance started at age 4 with her first Ballet class and she knew from a very early age that she would spend her whole life dancing. She studied many styles of dance including Jazz, Contemporary, and Lyrical but will always think of ballet as her first love. She began assisting Emma with classes in 2001 and it was then she developed her passion for teaching. She has loved every moment of being part of the Extreme teaching team since then. After College Esther went on to study full-time at Wellington Performing Arts Centre gaining a Diploma in Commercial Dance (with distinction). Following graduation she moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in dance, while here she successfully auditioned and got a contract at Tokyo Disneyland, she loved every moment of her time living and working in Japan as a princess. After this, Esther began working as a dancer for Princess Cruises and felt like her dream of working as a dancer had finally come true. During her 5 contracts she was lucky enough to travel the world and feels very fortunate to have made a career out of something that makes her so happy. At the beginning of 2014 she retired from performing and came back to Wellington. Since then she has been back teaching full time and gets so much joy out of passing on her passion and experience to the students at Extreme Dance.

Katelyn Craig

Katelyn was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. She began dancing at the age of 3, under the direction of Emma Johnson and John Linkhorn. Taking part in Ballet and Jazz, from this moment she knew dancing was something special. Later throughout life she took up Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip-­‐ Hop, Tap and Pilates/body conditioning. Katelyn has been dancing with Extreme Dance for 15 years and started teaching in 2014. After completing Level 3 NCEA at college in 2013 she went on to study Commercial Dance at Whitireia Performing Arts Centre. Katelyn has recently graduated with a Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) and is moving into her third year to gain a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Dance). Katelyn has also gained many other achievements within in dance including qualifications in NZAMD Jazz, Hip-­‐Hop, Contemporary, BTDA Ballet and Lyrical, NZAMD Licentiate (Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-­‐ Hop), took part in the NZAMD Scholarships from 2010-­‐2014, and has also been part of many performances and shows. Katelyn has always had a passion for dance and teaching, and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Andrea Taylor

Andrea has been dancing since the age of 6 and while her love of dance began with jazz, over the years she picked up every style available including tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and ballet. Tap quickly became her passion and she achieved her NZAMD solo diploma in tap in 2008. Andrea is a registered NZAMD teacher and began teaching at Extreme Dance in 2006. Despite taking a few breaks for international travel and study, she always comes home to Extreme. Andrea was a part of the Extreme Dance team that travelled to the USA in 2012, performing at Disneyland and Universal Studios, and taking classes from world-­‐ renowned choreographers and dancers in LA and New York – an amazing opportunity that she will never forget! On top of teaching at Extreme, Andrea will be completing her honours degree in Psychology in 2016. She can’t wait for an action packed, fun-­‐filled year and looks forward to passing on her love of rhythm and dance.

Emma Nicholson

Emma Nicholson is a 19-year-old dancer, teacher and performer who started dancing at the age of 2 and hasn’t stopped since.She trained at Extreme Dance in multiple genres including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical and Hip-Hop. Emma is a very focused hard worker and has achieved many great examination results including completing the NZAMD syllabus in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Hip hop gaining all 4 solo diplomas. She also gained a solo diploma for Ballet and achieved lyrical 8 with BTDA. After completing secondary school in 2014 Emma wanted to continue training, learning and taking her dancing to the next level. She is now working towards a degree in commercial dance at Whitireia Performance Centre where she is developing her technique and knowledge in dance and choreography. Emma has been fortunate enough to have some amazing opportunities given to her throughout her dancing life such as going to America as part of the Extreme Dance Team in 2012, where she had the privilege of taking workshops and classes and performing on the Disneyland stage. This was an inspiring time and she looks forward to going again later on in 2016. She has also danced at Jupiter’s casino in Surfer’s Paradise in the Showcase national competition in 2014, scoring great results and gold awards. Teaching dance has always been a passion of Emma’s and after she finishes her dance training and has gone and scored herself a few dance contracts she would like to get into this more, where she can share her passion of dance with younger students using all the knowledge that she has gained.

 

Shae King

Shae started dancing at the age of 6 after watching his younger sister dancing at Extreme & said "that's what I want to do!" He studied mainly Hip Hop completing all his NZAMD Hip Hop exams to Senior Gold level with High Distinction but also took Open Jazz, Open Ballet classes and has been a part of the Tu Move Contemporary programme for the last 3 years at the NZ School of Dance . He auditioned for The Company NZ 2014 gaining a part of their Academy programme, was selected for a competition 8-­‐man crew by mid year & by the end of the year was named the youngest Tutor at the company age 17. For the last 6 years he has also been a member of the Big Air Elite level 4 cheerleading team, having gone to the Asia Pacific world champs 4 years running, winning grand champs 2012 . He is the current undefeated tumbling champion at Big Air and coaches rec gym, trampolining and the senior level 2 cheerleading who are the NZ level national champions. He was in the TCNZ mega crew for 2015 placing 3rd at Nationals behind the Royal Family & Prestige and going to the World Hip Hop champs in San Diego, USA. His goal is to inspire young people to achieve their dreams through dance & help them achieve all the goals that the have set out for themselves.

 

Colleen M Cox

Colleen commenced her Ballet training at the age of 4-­‐1/2, followed later by Tap Classes. She was competing in competition festivals from the age of 7 years. Colleen is trained in the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet syllabus, British Ballet Tap syllabus, and NZAMD Tap syllabus, and has been an adjudicator for many dance competition festivals throughout New Zealand. Colleen is a former Dancer of the Royal NZ Ballet Company. Many former pupils have been able to gain entry to continue full time training at Victoria College of Arts, Melbourne, Australia, NZ School of Dance, Ecole Classique Sydney, Australia, Tanya Pearson Sydney, Australia, National Academy of singing and Dramatic Arts, Christchurch, Whitireia Performing Arts, Wellington, Excel Performing Arts Auckland, Unitec Auckland and Queensland National Ballet, Australia. Palucca Hochshule Fur Tanz, Dresden, Germany. Many former students have gone on to become professional dancers and dance teachers. Former students have studied as Junior Associates with the RNZB, Regional and Junior Associates with NZ School of Dance. Numerous Scholarship winners at LA Danceforce seminars and Phoenix Dance Workshops Winners of the prestigious Paul Gnatt Scholarship, NZSD and Wellington Summer School scholarships at Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels. NZAMD National Scholarship. Runner –up in Alana Haines Australasian Bi-­‐annual Awards. Former students have appeared in numerous RNZB productions. Colleen was awarded Distinction for her Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (a.k.a ISTD) Associated examination and was also awarded her ISTD Associate Diploma Professional examinations. Over the years Colleen’s students have achieved consistently high results in all examinations most notably attaining individual marks of 100% in both Graded and Vocational RAD examinations. Colleen spent almost three years in Canada, Teaching the RAD Syllabus at both Grades and Vocational levels. Choreographing routines for Solo’s, and Groups for dance competitions, winning many Platinum, and Gold awards for her choreography. On her return to NZ she has continued to Freelance in Open Ballet, Pointe, Examination and Competition work. For the past three years Colleen has enjoyed being a part of the Extreme Dance family. She is very excited and looking forward to joining with co-­‐director of “Extreme” John Linkhorn in the introduction of the RAD Syllabus at both Grades and Vocational level.

Emma Nicholson

Emma Nicholson is a 19-year-old dancer, teacher and performer who started dancing at the age of 2 and hasn’t stopped since.She trained at Extreme Dance in multiple genres including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical and Hip-Hop. Emma is a very focused hard worker and has achieved many great examination results including completing the NZAMD syllabus in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Hip hop gaining all 4 solo diplomas. She also gained a solo diploma for Ballet and achieved lyrical 8 with BTDA. After completing secondary school in 2014 Emma wanted to continue training, learning and taking her dancing to the next level. She is now working towards a degree in commercial dance at Whitireia Performance Centre where she is developing her technique and knowledge in dance and choreography. Emma has been fortunate enough to have some amazing opportunities given to her throughout her dancing life such as going to America as part of the Extreme Dance Team in 2012, where she had the privilege of taking workshops and classes and performing on the Disneyland stage. This was an inspiring time and she looks forward to going again later on in 2016. She has also danced at Jupiter’s casino in Surfer’s Paradise in the Showcase national competition in 2014, scoring great results and gold awards. Teaching dance has always been a passion of Emma’s and after she finishes her dance training and has gone and scored herself a few dance contracts she would like to get into this more, where she can share her passion of dance with younger students using all the knowledge that she has gained.

Shae King

Shae started dancing at the age of 6 after watching his younger sister dancing at Extreme & said "that's what I want to do!" He studied mainly Hip Hop completing all his NZAMD Hip Hop exams to Senior Gold level with High Distinction but also took Open Jazz, Open Ballet classes and has been a part of the Tu Move Contemporary programme for the last 3 years at the NZ School of Dance . He auditioned for The Company NZ 2014 gaining a part of their Academy programme, was selected for a competition 8-­‐man crew by mid year & by the end of the year was named the youngest Tutor at the company age 17. For the last 6 years he has also been a member of the Big Air Elite level 4 cheerleading team, having gone to the Asia Pacific world champs 4 years running, winning grand champs 2012 . He is the current undefeated tumbling champion at Big Air and coaches rec gym, trampolining and the senior level 2 cheerleading who are the NZ level national champions. He was in the TCNZ mega crew for 2015 placing 3rd at Nationals behind the Royal Family & Prestige and going to the World Hip Hop champs in San Diego, USA. His goal is to inspire young people to achieve their dreams through dance & help them achieve all the goals that the have set out for themselves.

Colleen M Cox

Colleen commenced her Ballet training at the age of 4-­‐1/2, followed later by Tap Classes. She was competing in competition festivals from the age of 7 years. Colleen is trained in the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet syllabus, British Ballet Tap syllabus, and NZAMD Tap syllabus, and has been an adjudicator for many dance competition festivals throughout New Zealand. Colleen is a former Dancer of the Royal NZ Ballet Company. Many former pupils have been able to gain entry to continue full time training at Victoria College of Arts, Melbourne, Australia, NZ School of Dance, Ecole Classique Sydney, Australia, Tanya Pearson Sydney, Australia, National Academy of singing and Dramatic Arts, Christchurch, Whitireia Performing Arts, Wellington, Excel Performing Arts Auckland, Unitec Auckland and Queensland National Ballet, Australia. Palucca Hochshule Fur Tanz, Dresden, Germany. Many former students have gone on to become professional dancers and dance teachers. Former students have studied as Junior Associates with the RNZB, Regional and Junior Associates with NZ School of Dance. Numerous Scholarship winners at LA Danceforce seminars and Phoenix Dance Workshops Winners of the prestigious Paul Gnatt Scholarship, NZSD and Wellington Summer School scholarships at Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels. NZAMD National Scholarship. Runner –up in Alana Haines Australasian Bi-­‐annual Awards. Former students have appeared in numerous RNZB productions. Colleen was awarded Distinction for her Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (a.k.a ISTD) Associated examination and was also awarded her ISTD Associate Diploma Professional examinations. Over the years Colleen’s students have achieved consistently high results in all examinations most notably attaining individual marks of 100% in both Graded and Vocational RAD examinations. Colleen spent almost three years in Canada, Teaching the RAD Syllabus at both Grades and Vocational levels. Choreographing routines for Solo’s, and Groups for dance competitions, winning many Platinum, and Gold awards for her choreography. On her return to NZ she has continued to Freelance in Open Ballet, Pointe, Examination and Competition work. For the past three years Colleen has enjoyed being a part of the Extreme Dance family. She is very excited and looking forward to joining with co-­‐director of “Extreme” John Linkhorn in the introduction of the RAD Syllabus at both Grades and Vocational level.
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