Rebecca Brake

Director of Dance and Education

Rebecca has always had a passion for the Arts and her dream has been to set up a company that provides performing arts opportunities for the community.

Natasha Benfell

Director of Drama

Proud to call Rotorua her home, Natasha has spent her life here raising her family and helping to grow her husband’s business.

Helene Nicolson

Director of Arts & Events

Helene’s passion for the performing arts started at a young age. After high school she completed a Bachelor of

Kirsten Plowman

TIC Dance

Kirsten Plowman is a passionate, energetic confident dancer, teacher and choreographer whose life long passion is to dance

Ian Pirrie

Director of Music

Ian is an accomplished musician who has been playing guitar for over 15 years. A graduate of Excel School of Performing

Laura Vaughan

TIC Dance

Laura has always had a huge passion for dance from a very young age. Laura has done Ballet, Jazz and Hiphop. After Laura finished school

Gael Thompson

Papamahi / Tuturu Piano

Dance, Drama, Music, and Vocal Lessons from Lakes Performing Arts Company

Kua neke atu i te 20 tau a Gael e whakaako waiata ana i Rotorua. Hei kaiako puoro takitahi, ka ako ia i te piana, papapātuhi me te ariā ki nga akonga mai i te 7-9 tau ki nga pakeke. He kaiwhakaako Waiata Rehita a Gael me IRMTNZ, e ahei ana ana akonga ki te uru atu ki nga konohete puoro me nga mahi a te peka o Rotorua puta noa i te tau. Ia tau, kua angitu nga akonga o Gael ki te tuku i a raatau whakamātautau puoro i roto i te whānuitanga o nga tohu mai i te Trinity College o Raanana me ANZCA.

Kei te tumanako ia ki te mahi tahi me te Pokapū Toi Whakakitenga o Roto me te ako i te koa o te puoro

Dance, Drama, Music, and Vocal Lessons from Lakes Performing Arts Company

Lee McKenzie

Tutor Waiata

Kua neke atu i te 15 tau a Lee McKenzie e purei kitara ana. He tangata pakari ia, he kaituhi ngakau nui, he kaitohutohu kaha mo te pukenga ki te whakapai ake. Ko te huarahi akoako a nga akonga i nga wa katoa me te aro nui ki te mahi auaha me te puoro ko te kokonga whakaakoranga motuhake e whakapehapeha ana a Lee.

I oti i a ia te Tiwhikete mo te Waiata Whakanao me te Whakaari i te tau 2012 me nga tohu A tika, i tutuki hoki te tohu APRA mo te tuhi waiata.

Na tana Tiwhikete i ako nui ki a ia mo te whakamahi i te ariā / mauritau, me te hihiri hoki mo te hangarau oro i kitea mai e ia e hopukia ana e ia ana ake tuhinga. Kei te waatea he waapu hopu waea pūkoro kua waihangahia e ia etahi atu taonga mo etahi atu kaiwaiata.

He pai ki a Lee tetahi mahi whakangungu me tana taakaro i runga i nga pahu. Kua whanaketia e ia he tauira o nga tauira me nga akoako mai i konei hei whakarato i nga kura whaihua, ngahau me te rereketanga o te kura. He tohunga a Lee ki te tohatoha i nga timatanga - nga akonga puoro takawaenga me nga taputapu me nga pukenga e tika ana hei whakakoi i a raatau ako me o raatau haerenga.

I whanau mai ia i Ingarangi engari i tipu ake ia i Niu Tireni, tekau ma rua nga tau e noho ana ia ki Papamoa, ana ko te noho pai ki Rotorua mai i te Oketopa o Oketopa 2016. I waho o nga hiahia puoro ka ako a Lee i nga mahi tauaa, ina koa ko Tai Chi & he pai ki a ia te whakapau i nga wa i waho ki te whakarake i nga ahuatanga o te taiao. ki te whakahere.

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AJ Moke

Tutor Waiata

He ngakau nui a AJ ki te whakaari i te puoro mo te roanga o te wa o tana koiora, ana ko te harikoa ki te waiho hei kaiwhakaako mo te Kamupene Toi Toi Rawa. Tata ki te 10 tau ia e purei pahu ana Ka tiimata mai i te 12 o ona tau, kua uru ia ki nga whakaaturanga maha me nga puoro puoro i Rotorua penei i a 'Miss Saigon', 'Chicago', 'Mama Mia' me 'Hair', me etahi whakaaturanga i Tamaki Makaurau tae atu ki te 'Saturday Night Fever 'me' Sunset Boulevard '.

Nyawang

I uru ia ki roto i nga momo momo peene me nga momo momo puoro penei i a Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Funk, Pop, he kaiwhakatere ia mo te roopu haamori i 'Living Well Church' i Rotorua a kei te purei ia i tenei wa te peene STAVE. Ko ia ano hoki te kaiwhakaako pahoro i te kura takawaenga o Rotorua me te Kura Tuatahi o Kawaha Point. I tua atu i nga taramu, ka taea hoki e AJ te purei kita, paoro, piana me nga tini momo taonga whakatangi.

Nyawang

Katahi ano ka oti i a AJ te Tohu Paetahi Tohu Paetahi Waiata mo te Whakaari i te Jazz (he tohu i nga puoro) mai i Te Whare Waananga o Tamaki Makaurau. Ko tana wa i Akarana kua whakaakona ki a ia nga pukenga maha me nga whakaaro hou hei kaiwhakatangitangi puoro me te kaiwaiata puoro katoa.

Kei te tino tumanako a AJ ki te heke mai kia taea ai e ia te whakaputa i tona maaramatanga me tana hiahia ki te puoro me te pahū.

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Maggie Jones

Tutor Waiata

Katahi ano ka peke a Maggie Jones i te poka mai i Ahitereiria. No te tiimata ki te ako puoro tata tonu i te wa i ako ai ia ki te hikoi, he ngakau hihiko kua kore e waiho i a ia i roto i nga tau 22 o tona ao.

Ka tiimata me te violin, ka mau tonu tana kohikohi taonga whakatangitangi penei i te piana, kaiwhakamahara, kita, viola, puoro, me nga mea e pai ana ki a ia te kiia ko "nga puoro reo".

I whaiwhai ia i tana aroha ki te waiata ki etahi atu mea nui atu, i te otinga o tana Tohu Paetahi Waiata i Newcastle, Ahitereiria, me te uru atu ki tetahi roopu roopu Chamber o te ao i pai ki a ia te wikitoria i te taitara National Champions.

Haunga nga puoro, ko tetahi o ana hiahia ko te tuitui - he aroha i poipoihia e ia mai i tona tamarikitanga. He mea koa ki a ia te hanga kakahu mai i te tiimata ki te mutunga, me te rapu huarahi hei whakapai ake i tona pukenga me te tiro i etahi atu waahanga.

Inaianei kei te tatari atu ia ki tenei upoko hou o te koiora, ana me pehea te tohu o tena o tena o koutou!

Chris Noel Manlunas

Kaihoko Kanikani

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I te ekenga o te tohu me te International Ballet Academy i Aotearoa, i te 2005, i whakawhiwhia a Chris ki tetahi kirimana kia uru ki te National Tour tuatahi o te Royal New Zealand Ballet. Whai muri i te kirimana, i hoki mai a Chris ki Philippines mo te tuku mahi a Ballet Manila, i tiimata mai i te kura o Noema 2006, me te whakangungu ano i roto i te Tikanga a Vaganova. I tu ake ia hei mema mo te Kamupene i te 2008. I te 2009, i kanikani ano a Chris mo te Royal New Zealand Ballet me tana mahi Demi-soloist. I te 2013, i noho a Chris hei kaikanikano tumuaki mo te Theatre City Metropolitan Ballet Theatre. I reti a Chris hei kaihaka kanikani i te tau 2015.

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Fely Aragon

Tutor Vocal

He maatauranga puoro a Fely i puta i a ia te Tohu Paetahi Waiata, Meiha i te Whakaako Waiata me te Reo i te Whare Wananga o San Agustin Conservatory of Music, Philippines.

He mema ia no mua, me te takitahi o te Whare Wananga o San Agustin Choir me nga USA Troubadours. He kaiwhakaako Waiata a Fely, he kaihaka, he kaitito, he kairangahau-ahurea hoki. Kua whakaatuhia e ia nga "Opera Gems" me Broadway Musical penei; Fiddler on the Roof, The Cats, Les Miserables, etc. i uru atu ki a EVITA i te tau 2016 me te mahi o te BIRDWOMAN i a Mary Poppins 2017 na te Whare Tapere Puoro o Rotorua.

I waiho e ia tetahi taonga tuku iho i te Waiata Piipene hei Mema o mua mo te National Commission for Culture and Arts- Komiti Whakahaere mo te Waiata. He kaituhi i tetahi pukapuka whakaari i puta i te wairua e kiia nei ko “Whispers of the Heart, A Poem Journal. Kaiwaiata- Kaihanga i nga pukaemi CD e rua “Nga Waiata Aroha”, he whakahiato arias Filipino me nga taangata.

He kaiwhakangungu himene ia me te kaiwhakawhiwhi i a SPED- ISEC Choir, National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) toa i Philippines. He Kaiako Waiata-maha mo te METROBANK FOUNDATION TE PAIAKI PUTA KI TE PIRIPINI 2013.

Raukawa Tuhura

Tuturu Hip Hop

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Ko te ngakau nui o Raukawa ki Hip Hop i tiimata i a ia i te wa tekau ma rua ona tau. Mai i taua wa i ako ia i te Pacific Institute of Performing Arts a i te 2013 i puta i a ia te Tiwhikete me te Kairangi. Neke atu i te 4 tau a ia e whakataetae ana ki Street Dance NZ hei Choreographer / kanikani mo nga kaimahi kanikani o "VOGUE" (Nationals 1st Place Champions of 2011) me "Rotorua nona" Varsity Crew "UNIT-Y" (Whakataetae i te taumata National).

Kua haerere a Raukawa ki tawahi ki te whakataetae me te kanikani a ao i Ahitereiria me Amerika a kua whakaari i nga whare tapere i te motu whanui me Geish / Tuiga, Trans Tasmin, Music me Me, Tautai o Digital Winds ki te whakahua i etahi.

Kua hoki mai ano ia ki Rotorua whai muri i te whakapau werawera mo tana mahi takitahi mo te kanikani, whakaari wahine, mahi toi hoki i Tamaki Makaurau, kua rite ia ki te tuku i ona maaramatanga ki nga whakatipuranga o te ao me te whakarite mo te ao o waho me te Ahumahi Kanikani o NZ.

Sheila Marie Lendio - Manlunas.

Kaihoko Kanikani

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He Kanikani Ballet ngaio, i tino whakangunguhia ki te Tikanga Vaganova, e te Kamupene Ballet Manila rongonui o te ao. I uru a Sheila ki te kamupene, katahi ka mema o te Kamupene i te 2006. I te 2008, ka tu ia hei Demi-Soloist. I te 2013, ka noho a Sheila hei kaikanikani Tumuaki mo te whare tapere o Te Kuini City Metropolitan Ballet Theatre. I mutu a Sheila hei kaikanikani poi i te 2015