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Role Models of Excellence

St Andrew’s seeks exceptional role models to share their ballet expertise with our students. This differentiates our Ballet Academy from private studios. 

For the past five years we have enjoyed regular visits from a Royal New Zealand Ballet Dance Educator to work with all our dance levels, and our senior level dancers are privileged to have new pieces of choreography developed and taught to them. International and New Zealand guest tutors are welcomed throughout the year – adding a wide range of repertoire from classical ballet to jazz, lyrical, national character, and more. Dancers attend Royal New Zealand Ballet special events, productions, and seminars as are available. 

St Andrew’s College Old Collegian Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (OC 2013), who studies at The Juilliard School in New York also maintains close ties with the Ballet Academy, passing on tips from world experts to our dancers. 

All these guests, and special occasions, give our students an exceptional learning opportunity from the forefront of the dance industry.

Our Staff and Faculty

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

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

Dr Cairns trained under Lorraine Peters (QSM) and Russell Kerr (ONZM) in Classical Ballet (RAD, BBO), Modern Jazz (NZAMD), and Character and National (ISTD). 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. She was the Ballet Mistress for Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. and has undertaken management, teaching and stage production responsibilities with Southern Ballet Theatre and School.

Dr Cairns is also a qualified high school and special education teacher (BSc, DipEd, MEd), who has worked in both Australia and the USA. Returning to New Zealand, she achieved her Doctorate in Education specialising in understanding the expert practice of teaching ballet and worked closely with international ballet masters within the RNZB and Australian Ballet.

Academy Tutor
Miss Cariad Parker

Guest Tutor
Mr Joshua Guillimot-Rodgerson
Juilliard Academy, New York

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

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

"As a ballet instructor my own goals for our dancers are for them to perform confidently on stage and acquire all the nuances. I intend all dancers to take their exams and to feel successful about their endeavours and that they’ve achieved their own personal bests. I hope they develop a lifetime passion and deep respect for ballet.”
Dr Carolyn Cairns, Artistic Director and Tutor