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

Meet Our Teachers


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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 fulltime 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 2018 will graduate the RAD Classical Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) programme to become a RAD registered teacher. John is proud of what Extreme Dance has achieved over the last twelve 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. Read more

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georgia marshall

Georgia has been dancing since the age of 3, training in multiple genres including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop.  Throughout her time training Georgia achieved many great examination results, including national scholarship nominations in both NZAMD Jazz and Hip Hop,  Read more


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Rose Chim first started dancing at the age of 7. Rose began dancing with Ballet and shortly after started training in other styles of dance such as Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Tap. All of Rose’s dance training was at Extreme dance, which provided her with many opportunities including overseas trips to Australia and the United States of America. Read on

Rose has competed in multiple competitions throughout New Zealand and Australia. Some of her achievements include making the top 4 for the NZAMD jazz finals, the semi finals for the New Zealand young performer awards, placing 1st regional champion for showcase’s national dance championship and also gaining 1st national champion for one of her dances at Showcase nationals in Australia. Rose has achieved many high dance exam results throughout her years of dance, including passing her solo diploma in Jazz and Contemporary with distinction.

Rose spent some time training at Brent Street’s full time dance course in Sydney before moving back home to New Zealand to further her school studies. Rose is now commencing her first year at the Victoria University of Wellington and hopes to achieve great results in her Bachelor of Commerce.



Colleen commenced her Ballet training at the age of 4, 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, Read more



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.  Read more



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From the age of two Emily has always been at home in the dance studio. She is trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz and Tap and has competed in the UK, US and locally in New Zealand and Australia. At 18 Emily represented New Zealand at the World of Dance Hip Hop finals in LA as part of the Wellington based Infinite Dance Crew. Read on

Emily holds an NZAMD membership with Solo diplomas in Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary.

In 2017, Emily moved to Sydney, Australia to complete a Diploma in Elite Performing Arts at Brent Street Performing Arts Studios. Whilst studying she also performed professionally in various corporate and promotional events, with her most memorable two being her performance with Season 6 winner; Judah Kelly on The Voice Australia, and performing as part of Macklemore’s NRL Grand Final Performance.

Focussing on creativity and performance quality, Emily can’t wait to work with the next generation of aspiring artists, helping them unlock their full potential, whilst pushing creative boundaries.