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 Spiritus students.
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.
After attending various summer programmes on scholarships as a child in her hometown of Vancouver, Kathryn was a part of the Ballet British Columbia mentor program for two years. Following this she worked as a dancer with many Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance companies.
Her career has taken her across North America and Asia where she has performed in shows and dance films and her choreography has been featured in various events and won awards.
Kathryn is a sought-after guest teacher and has taught across Canada and New Zealand. Having recently completed a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia, (focusing on injury prevention, anatomy, and physiology), Kathryn is passionate about using her knowledge to help all dancers achieve their goals. This passion has led to opportunities to work with dancers of all levels, as well as to use dance as an enrichment tool for elite athletes, including Olympic-level figure skaters and national-level rhythmic gymnasts. No matter where in the world she is Kathryn is a passionate and engaging teacher who continues to share her love of the art form with all students.
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 & Spiritus Dance Company, and mum to Archie, born in August 2017, keeps her busy enough!
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.
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 Leaping Lizards School of Dance.
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.