DANCE TUITION BY DENISEDenise is widely respected as one of New Zealand’s leading tap dancing teachers, adjudicators, and choreographers having run her very successful studio in Dunedin for the past 30 years. Choreographic highlights have been 42nd Street (2000), the All Black/South African pre-match entertainment performance, involving one hundred dancers at Carisbrook and training her students to success both nationally and internationally, the most recent of these being Georgia Balloch, who is now studying at the Ministry of Dance in Melbourne. Denise is also no stranger to the Musical Theatre stage with many principal roles to her credit over an impressive 30 year career. These include Nellie (South Pacific), Nancy (Oliver), Rizzo (Grease), Velma (Chicago), Ado Annie (Oklahoma), Maggie Jones (42nd Street), Madame de la Grande Bouche, The Wardrobe (Beauty and the Beast), Miss Hannigan (Annie) and the Widow Corney in (Oliver) for the Taieri Musical Society in 2010. Denise has just finished directing and choreographing the highly acclaimed production of “My Fair Lady” for the Taieri Musical Society.

In addition to this Denise has run the highly successful Musical Theatre & Dance Summer School in Timaru for the past eight years. Every year attracting up to 60 participants, between the ages of eight and seventeen years. Over the years the summer school has donated over four thousand dollars to charity. These are primarily children’s charities that have included Canteen, IHC, Cure Kids, The Red Cross and Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, The Children’s Trust of the Haiti Earthquake and many more. All profits from our demonstration concert go to charity.


VOCAL TUITION BY BRIDGETI have been involved with Singing, Speech, Drama and the Theatre for the past 30 years.  I started singing at the age of six and went on to successfully compete in Singing Competitions in New Zealand and Australia.

I moved to Sydney, Australia in 1986 and continued my singing studies and also attended ADASA Drama School.  I returned to New Zealand in 1994 with my family and set up a singing studio for private pupils, which I continue to do today, along with still regularly performing in local shows, Musical Directing and private singing engagements.

My love of theatre started at an early age. At the age of seven, I appeared in Repertory’s production of ‘Alice through the looking glass’, where I made a stunning appearance as a Daisy! Since those early days, I have performed many roles for the Dunedin Operatic Soc, Dunedin Opera Co, the Dunedin Repertory Soc and the North Shore Opera Centre in Sydney. Along with my experience as a performer I was also given the opportunity to be the Musical Director for the highly successful musicals “Chess” with the Taieri Musical Society in 2005 , "Annie" in 2006 and "Grease" in 2007 and in 2008 – ‘Honk’.   I recently performed

 in the highly successful “Full Monty” with the Australian Production Company Epiphany Productions and also worked for them in January 2009 as Musical Director for ‘High School Musical’.. More Musical Directing for BUDDY as well as being part of the cast in October wrapped up another busy year in 2009. In 2010 I was Musical Director for ‘Oliver’ and in October played the leading role of Casilda in ‘The Gondoliers’.

A Singing Teacher for the last 25 years, I have seen many of my students excel in local competitions and perform with local theatre companies - many playing lead roles in major productions. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and skills with anyone who loves to sing, and believe the great thing about singing is that you’re never too old or young to learn and enhance the voice you were born with.The aim of my singing classes is to give each individual the chance to sing and learn about different styles of music, while at the same time really work on developing their own true voice, style and technique. Some of the more theatrical styles would also involve some simple movement/actions as well.  

I look forward to introducing you to the wonderful world of singing and helping you realise your true talent and potential.


DANCER ASHLYN MONKAshlyn has experience in a wide variety of dance styles training with many top studios in Dunedin.  These include Denise Henderson Studio of Tap, Katy Chalmers, ‘Let’s Dance’ (Jazz), Amber Weeks ‘Xtend’, Tarryn Hoffman’s  “Tempo” and Dallas Wades’ “ Expreszions” all in  Hip Hop, and Lizzie Adams’s ‘LA Dance Centre” in Jazz.  Ashlyn has also attended the Conroy’s School of Dance Summer School in Brisbane, Australia.


Ashlyn has been a real star of the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance Hip Hop Examinations gaining the top three percent nationally twice and competing in the NZAMD scholarship program in both Christchurch and Wellington.  At age 15 Ashlyn won the individual scholarship program national final, she was the first ever South Island Hip Hop winner.


In 2008 Ashlyn co-coached and choreographed the Mac Andrew Intermediate School dance group “M-Slacks” taking them all the way to 1st place at the NZCAF National Hip Hop national competition.


In 2009 and 2010 Ashlyn taught Hip Hop for ‘Expreszions’ and co-ordinated the first ever Hip Hop workshop with members of the local Hip Hop community in Dunedin.


Ashlyn is also a member of the Otago Girls’ High School Hip Hop group ‘Kustard’ placing second and third in the NZCAF Hip Hop competitions in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 the group placed first and also won the Most Outstanding Crew of the Competition Award.  Also in 2011 the group placed first at the Nelson Hip Hop Competition ‘Shakedown’.


To add to this Ashlyn is also the youngest member of the Otago Nuggets Cheer Leading Squad.