Lorna began dancing when she was just 2 years old! She studied Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Disco and Contemporary to advanced level gaining a BA (HONS) in Performing Arts Specialising in Dance from Middlesex University, London. Following this Lorna gained a scholarship to complete an additional diploma at the Scottish School Of Contemporary Dance.
In 2004, after several years of dancing and choreographing professionally, Lorna decided she would like to explore teaching opportunities and this was when she truly found her passion. In England she taught for various private dance schools, mainstream education schools and also developed her own dance and fitness business. In 2006 Lorna decided she would like to work overseas, which is when she moved to New Zealand, now her home.
In the past Lorna has been a tutor at Whitireia Performance Centre teaching on the Commercial Dance and Musical Theatre diploma and degree courses. She has adjudicated dance competitions around the country and has appeared numerous times on TV One's "Good Morning" Show teaching Pilates segments. These days being the owner and principal of Leaping Lizards School of Dance and mum to Archie, born in August 2017, keeps her busy enough!
Zoe started her first ballet class at 3 years old and after 4 years of ballet she started Jazz. Over the years she has trained in many styles including classical ballet, modern jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, tap and also acrobatics. Zoe has performed in many shows, often taking lead roles, and has dreamed from a young age of being a dancer.
Zoe has been teaching for several years, both group classes and private students for competition routines. She currently teaches at our sister school Spiritus Dance Company.
Zoe is now in her third year of study at Te Auaha, on the Commercial Dance course and has finished her Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance). Since she started full-time training she has improved immensely as a performer and has been given many opportunities to learn and perform.
Born and raised in the Wairarapa, Molly has been involved with performing arts her entire life. It has been her passion for as long as she remembers.
From a young age Molly danced regularly in numerous different genres including Hip Hop, Jazz and Musical Theatre. She was regularly involved with Stage Challenge, school productions and dance school shows both as a performer and a choreographer.
Molly is currently studying Musical Theatre at Te Auaha (Whitireia) and has performed in many major productions including "The Addams Family", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat" and "Spamalot". In the future Molly plans to work on board cruise ships, travel the world and pursue her environmental passions.
Holly, originally from New Plymouth, is a graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance where she majored in Contemporary. Since graduating Holly has found her passion lies with choreography, which initiated her own project based company called Discotheque. This is now a platform for devising and performing her own professional dance works and teaching around New Zealand.
In 2017 Holly was funded by Wellington City Council to create her own contemporary dance work called Incognito and later that year was commissioned by Footnote NZ Dance to create a new work called Sweet Salt, as part of their 2017 national tour of New Zealand. Holly’s most recent work was Missing Lids which premiered in Auckland. Another highlight of Holly’s was working with WOW (World of Wearable Arts) as an assistant choreographer and dancer.
Other than dance, Holly enjoys teaching Group Fitness classes at gyms, writing, painting and listening to music.
Returning to dance as an adult, 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 then Deborah took a break to travel before returning to teaching tap to children in 2018 with the Leaping Lizards team.
Elaina started dancing at the age of four and danced up until she was 18. She studied BBO Jazz and Tap in Hawkes Bay, gaining a vocational certificate with honours. She then decided to take a break to focus on her university studies. She started dancing again with Leaping Lizards Adult School (now Spiritus Dance Company) in 2018 which reignited her passion for dance and sparked a curiosity for teaching. Elaina is studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science which keeps her busy but dancing allows an escape from a hectic study life. She is eager to pass on her knowledge and passion for dance to Leaping Lizards students.