Bea Lee Smith
A bunhead of some 35 years, Bea’s passion for dance and performing began as a young child. Since graduating from The National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art in 2001 she has spent many years working as a freelance singer, actor, dancer, teacher, writer and director. She was a founding member of Christchurch's Chant et Danse Cabaret Company, and The Red Rose Dinner Theatre. Bea has performed in many musicals, cabaret shows and plays around the country, her favourite being her self-produced show Cabaret En Hiver, at the Opera House in 2010.
Bea qualified as a secondary school teacher in 2004. She taught Drama, Dance and Junior Music at Wellington East Girls' College for six years and ran the vocal tuition programme both there and at St Marys' College from 2008- 2010.
Bea also has a passion for fitness and completed her Comprehensive Pilates training in 2015. She has been working as a Pilates, Xtend Barre, TRX and Anti Gravity Instructor for the last four years and she currently works with the Scholars at New Zealand School of Dance on their conditioning programme.
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.
Deborah danced for a short time when she was five and after a 15 year break retuned 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 then Deborah took a break to focus on her children. She is now eager to reignite her passion for teaching Tap to kids and joins the Leaping Lizards team in 2018.
From a young age dancing was a natural fit for Fiona. At age 16 she was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance where she majored as a classical student and in her final year she seconded to the Royal New Zealand Ballet for their Swan Lake season.
After graduating Fiona went on to dance Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary works most notably for Tokyo Disney and Mystic Ballet CT USA. Career highlights include dancing the principal roles in Mystic Ballets Snow White, Sergei Vanaev's Giselle and Brian Eno's Os Quindos de Ya Ya.
Fiona retired from professional dancing in 2012 to become a dance teacher and personal trainer. Since then Fiona has worked for various dance schools and Les Mills Extreme. In 2015 Fiona completed her Professional Dancers Postgraduate Teaching Certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance. She is always excited to bring her passion for dancing and movement into her classes.
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.