Assistant Director / Teacher
Andrea Krissansen has danced her whole life whilst training through her mothers international dance studio. This led to an interest in teaching dance since the early age of fourteen.
Currently teaching at AcademyD in West Auckland, Andrea also freelances for events and music videos within the entertainment industry in New Zealand, hosting international tour dancers workshops as well as preparing students for auditions for full time performing arts schools, full time dance careers, international dance teacher diplomas, cruise ships and musicals.
Andrea has a wide range of styles that she teaches that allows her to work with a variety of ages and abilities.
* Runner up & winner of the BBO NZ Tap Scholarship
* BBO Solo Seal Tap
* NZAMD Solo Seal Jazz
* Advanced Diploma in NZAMD Jazz
* Level 8 Diploma in NZAMD Tap
* Qualified in Major Ballet
* Advanced Tap Diploma BBO
* Diploma of NZSL Interpreting from AUT
Director / Teacher
Sheryl Kirssansen started dance at age 4yrs having joined Miss Phyllis Marmont Dance Studio located in Pt Chevalier Auckland.
Accepted into the National Ballet school of Mrs Bernice McGough to further ballet studies through to major grades and was also accepted into the studio of Miss Pat McMinn (OBE) in New Lynn, which furthered my studies in tap, song & dance and skipping. Along with ballet, it enabled me to continue to compete at the highest levels throughout New Zealand.
I was also fortunate to have the opportunity to study and successfully compete in National Highland Dance Competitions held throughout the North Island in New Zealand Whilst gaining advanced Dip Majors in all studies of ballet, tap and jazz.
Having hung up my competition shoes and costumes in my mid teens, I was approached to rejoin Miss Pat McMinn (OBE) who was both singer & choreographer of the Mignonettes Dance Troupe to become a permanent member of the professional dance troupe who regularly featured at the very prestigious venue then known as the Peter Pan Cabaret in Auckland.. The troupe also went on several successful tours throughout New Zealand as backing dancers to the musical stars of the day.
Following 5yrs of the glamorous but hard work of constant rehearsal, travelling and shows, I joined Hugh Lynn's Country Touch Dance Team as a square-dancer on the television series Country Touch hosted by Tex Morton and featuring Peter Posa in Television in the mid 1960s. I was at that time also given the opportunity to appear as an invited backing dancer in the two televised presentations of the New Zealand Ballet productions of the Nutcracker and Copella.
I later turned my hand to teaching dance and am proud of the truly wonderful successes and rewards that have come my way.
My students over the years have been the recipients of National awards, New Zealand and International Dance Scholarships, received high achievements in examinations and gaining a double scholarship in both tap and ballet within the same examination results with the same student almost unheard of.
Although now semi retired I continue to teach and am a member of:
*IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association
*NZAMD (New Zealand Academy of Modern Dance)
I have also been a member of the:
*BBO (British Ballet Organisation),
*RAD (Royal academy of Dance)
*TDI (Theatrical Dance International).