Principal/ Head Teacher
The purpose of Dance Collective is to provide quality dance education to all students in a caring environment.
Corinne is passionate about dance and has taught and choreographed from a young age. Under the tutelage of Debra Dean, Beverley Bowen and Julia Barry, Corinne trained in ballet and jazz. She won the ‘Mary Evers Memorial Scholarship’ for her achievement at Advanced levels in the American Jazz Dance syllabus.
Corinne was the Founder and Principal of dance studio, “Victoria Phillips Academy” which she operated for 19 years. She established the studio in 1998 and her former students include professional dancers, ballet company soloists, international hip hop crew competitors, choreographers, dance directors, teachers, examiners and studio owners. Through Dance Collective she hopes to mentor a new generation of students in their aspirations, whether that be in the performing arts industry or sectors unrelated to dance.
In 2007 Corinne was one of eight New Zealand women selected by NEXT Magazine as a “Changemaker” and was profiled for her influence and innovation in the dance industry.
Corinne is the Founder and Director of the Asia Pacific Dance Association (APDA) which was established in 2004 to develop and promote dance education programmes in the arts sector. APDA is the governing body for La Beauté Ballet, Lucidity, Urban Ignition, Encore Theatre Dance, Tap Evolution and JazzAddict dance syllabi.
The APDA dance syllabi is taught to thousands of dance students across New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Thailand, Taiwan, South Africa and the UK.
Corinne adjudicates the international dance competition, the Hong Kong Challenge Cup Dance Competition in Asia each year.
With the support of a talented team, Corinne strives to inspire students to reach their full potential in dance and in life.
Jessemey trained in several disciplines of dance from a young age achieving to senior levels in ballet and jazz.
After a successful career in New York, Jessemey pursued her love of yoga with 200 hours training in Fiji and 300 hours training in India. She focuses on bringing awareness into the body and mind whilst letting go of any stress, tension and injuries. Her classes end with meditation and deep relaxation.
Jessemey established Jasana Wellness and runs popular wellness retreats in New Zealand and overseas as well as teaching yoga in Auckland.
Vocal Coaching Teacher
Olivia Tennet is the choreographer and Head Examiner of Tap Evolution, the Asia Pacific Dance Association (APDA) tap syllabus. She is also a contributing choreographer to Jazzaddict and Encore Theatre Dance syllabi.
Olivia has been performing professionally in NZ for 20 years, after landing her first role at the age of seven in ‘XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS’. She has since appeared in various TV and film productions including, ‘LORD OF THE RINGS,’ ‘WHY DOES LOVE?’, ‘WHEN WE GO TO WAR’, POWER RANGERS: RPM’, ‘BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES’ and three seasons of the hit Australian show ‘800 WORDS’. Liv’s theatre credits include the “360” (Theatre Stampede), “MR BURNS” and ‘THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING’ (Silo Theatre), “GUYS AND DOLLS”, “STEPPING OUT” (ATC), as well as playing the lead role in the original musical “PLEASUREDOME”.
Liv’s choreography credits include music videos for the bands THE MILTONES and THE NAKED AND FAMOUS, the musical “THAT BLOODY WOMAN” for ATC and most recently, as choreographer on “MR BURNS” and “SHORTLAND STREET THE MUSICAL”.
Liv has gained her final Solo Seal qualifications in tap and jazz, both with Honours with Distinction. While training with Corinne Yee she was awarded the top marks in Australasia for four consecutive years. Liv is trained in jazz, ballet, tap, musical theatre, contemporary and hip hop.
Jazz Ballet and Theatre Dance Teacher
Claire qualified as a dance teacher in 2012, and followed it by training professionally in dance performance in Australia. She completed her Certificate IV in Elite Dance Performance at Village in Sydney, followed by a Diploma in Musical Theatre.
Since graduating, Claire has performed in several musicals including Nine, Mamma Mia & We Will Rock You. In 2018 she took part in the Christchurch International Summer School Emerging Professionals Program, where she had the privilege of personal mentorship from Jonathan Groff.
Claire has also worked as a choreographer & was nominated for her choreographic work on the musical Rent, receiving nominations for both the NAPTA and ACTT awards in 2018.
Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Hip Hop Teacher
Tim began dancing at the age of five and has been trained in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Tap and Contemporary.
He has completed the JazzAddict syllabus to Solo Seal and is now a teacher, choreographer and examiner for the APDA syllabus. Tim has also regularly performed as a demonstrator on teacher training videos and as workshop instructor for APDA.
In 2014 he completed a Cert IV in Dance at Brent Street Studios in Sydney where he had the privilege to work with industry professionals.
Tim enjoys sharing his passion for dance and hopes to instill that same passion in his students.