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Role Models of Excellence

St Andrew’s seeks exceptional role models to share their ballet expertise with our students.  

For the past six years we have enjoyed regular visits from a Royal New Zealand Ballet Dance Educator to work with all our dance levels. Our dancers are privileged to learn repertoire from the current RNZB ballets and to have new pieces of choreography developed and taught to them. Guest tutors are welcomed throughout the year – adding depth to their experiences. Dancers attend Royal New Zealand Ballet productions and classes as are available.

St Andrew’s College Old Collegian Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (OC 2013), who studied at The Juilliard School in New York and is now a member of the Houston Ballet, also maintains close ties with the Ballet Academy, taking classes when visiting home and passing on tips from world experts to our dancers. Recently two students have departed for full-time training - Kate Holmes to the New Zealand School of Dance, and Harrison Bradley to the Australian Ballet School. Becoming our own 'role models of excellence', past students are encouraged to return and share their experiences also.

Welcoming guest tutors into our programme provides opportunities from role models of excellence at the forefront of today's dance industry.

Our Staff and Faculty

Artistic Director
Dr Carolyn Cairns
B.Sc, DipEd(Hons), M.Ed(Hons), Ph.D

St Andrew’s College is fortunate to have Dr Carolyn Cairns heading our Ballet Academy. With an enviable background in ballet, medical science, and education, Carolyn combines excellence in ballet with a sound understanding of the school dynamic.

Dr Cairns trained in Classical Ballet (RAD, BBO), Modern Jazz (NZAMD), and Character National (ISTD). Two of her notable ballet masters were Lorraine Peters (QSM) and Russell Kerr (ONZM, past Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet). She danced with Southern Ballet, its companies, and Dance Arts, winning numerous awards including a student guest scholarship to the New Zealand School of Dance.

Dr Cairns is also a qualified secondary school and special education teacher who has worked in both Australia and the USA. While living in Washington DC she was the Ballet Mistress for Gallaudet University. In San Diego she was the Head Mistress for a small private school. Returning to New Zealand, she achieved her Doctorate in Education specialising in understanding the expert practice of teaching ballet. This research included working closely with international ballet masters within the RNZB and the Australian Ballet, and its findings strongly informed her professional knowledge and style of teaching. In 2010 Dr Cairns established the Ballet Academy at St Andrew’s College, bringing this wealth of knowledge into daily practise.

Academy Tutor
Miss Cariad Parker
RAD RTS (Dist.), AISTD, ARCM

Guest Tutor
Mr Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (OC 2013)
B.F.A (Dance, Juilliard, NY)
Houston Ballet

College NCEA Tutor
Ms Sandy Gray
AJDA Solo Seal, Cecchetti Adv, Dip.Dnc Instr.

Guest Tutor
Miss Pagan Dorgan and Lucy Marinkovich
Royal New Zealand Ballet, Education Specialist

"Ballet is an ephemeral art - it's hard to capture and impossible to hold. In being so, the method of teaching remains as it always has - a passing of knowledge from master to student. I hope to pass on all I can about this beautiful art form to my dancers - giving them every opportunity to strive for their personal best while we endeavour to provide our professional best.”
Dr Carolyn Cairns, Artistic Director and Tutor