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 graduated the RAD Classical Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) programme to become a RAD registered teacher. John is proud of what Extreme Dance has achieved and is excited about the future direction the studio is taking.