Caroline Chu

Caroline started dancing at the age of 5 and hasn’t stopped since! She has taught for many studios in the Wairarapa, Palmerston North and Wellington, as well as in Canada where she lived for five years teaching dance in elementary and high schools. Her specialty is Jazz however she also teaches Contemporary and Ballet.

Performance highlights include playing Cassandra in Wellington Musical Theatre's production of CATS and performing as a cheerleader for the Hurricanes. Caroline has also danced for various television and sporting events in New Zealand and has adjudicated dance competitions around the country. She has also been on the teaching faculty at Wellington Performing Arts Centre (now Whitirea School of Performing Arts), she teachers Shut Up and Dance classes around the Wellington area and in June 2017 she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training. Caroline has 3 children and also works part time as a caregiver and receptionist.

Claire McGoff

Music and dance are an integral part of Claire's life. Having started studying Jazz at the age of five Claire soon added Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Lyrical and Contemporary to her repertoire. Dance career highlights include representing New Zealand four times in the Hip Hop category of FISAF’s International competition with ‘Oracle’ crew, taking Gold in 2004. A first for a New Zealand crew competing at this world event.

Claire has performed in and choreographed for numerous studio concerts and charitable events; danced in music videos for The Black Seeds and Poppy Dust, performed in Wellington's world renowned World of Wearable Arts as well as in Opening Ceremonies of the International Rugby Sevens and Rugby Test matches. Most recently, Claire has been both behind the judges table and back in studios and schools teaching Dance to those keen to share in her love of Dance.

Claire also works as the Arts Administrator at Whitireia Performance Centre and is mum to Reuben.

Deborah Donkin

Deborah danced for a short time when she was five and after a 15 year break returned to dancing in her early twenties. Since then she has never looked back. Deborah spent a large amount of her twenties dancing and learning Tap and Jazz routines that were performed on stage twice a year, every year for many years. When her children were small Deborah started a small dance school teaching Tap to children aged between 3 and 11 years old; this school ran for over four years and many of the children have gone on to dance in other schools and explore other kinds of dance.

Frankie Sampson

Frankie started dancing when she was 5. She studied Ballet, Jazz and then later on Contemporary. In 2010 she auditioned and was successfully accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance as a Contemporary Major. Throughout this time she was taught by some of the world’s best choreographers and teachers and performed regularly in student shows. She graduated in 2012 with a diploma in Dance Performance.

Frankie has performed in the World of Wearable Arts show and Wellington Musical Theatre's production of "Mamma Mia". She is a member of Lorna's professional performance group "Jazz it Up" and an instructor for Anti-Gravity Training.

Frankie loves being a part of the Leaping Lizards teaching faculty and always looks forward to passing on her expertise and knowledge of dance to students.

Kimi Young

Kimi graduated in 2013 with an Honours in Dance Studies from the University of Auckland and spent her final undergraduate year in 2012 at Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Jersey, USA.

Choreography and performing have always been a joy for Kimi, and she considers herself very blessed to be a part of two dance crews in Wellington: one is a Krump dance crew called NEWGEN17, and the other is a collective of unique dancers called Projekt Team. Kimi is also part of a group called Bcre8ve, where they use spoken word, multi-media, dance, acting and song to bring forth original creative pieces and productions with the mission: ‘creativity with a purpose’.

Forever a student Kimi remains versatile, humble, and educated. She continues to explore her individual voice as a dance artist by seeking opportunities to learn and was recently blessed with two dance scholarships. One was to Ev and Bow in Sydney and the other was to BuildABeastExperience in Los Angeles. She loves that she has the opportunity to share the dance knowledge she gains by teaching.

Shauni Hannah

Shauni has been dancing since the age of 6. Training in Tap and Jazz she always knew she wanted to be on the stage. Growing up she competed weekly whilst training to perfect her technique for exams. At the age of 12 Shauni began singing lessons and then incorporated her singing into her competition routines.

Shauni starred in her first show at 12 years old where she played the role of July in the musical Annie. As soon as rehearsals began she realised her passion and knew she had to be in every musical possible! Since then she has performed in The Gleevent, 42nd Street, Hairspray and Grease. Other performance highlights include dancing annually at the Wellington Sevens, being a Hurricane’s Cheerleader and being a dancer in Tommy Love Valentines’ show.

Shauni did her specialist dance training at Wellington Performing Arts Centre, studying Commercial Dance. She gained a diploma but decided to return a few years later to study further and she now has a Bachelor of Arts.

Shauni continues to perform every weekend. She is a member of the singing group The Hollywoods, with whom she gigs around the country at pubs, clubs and private functions. She has been teaching dance since 2012. She loves to pass on her passion and knowledge to budding performers and help them perfect their craft.