Teresa Victory [Company Director]
Teresa or Tess, as many of you might know her by, is the Director of Victory Performance Centre.
Teresa has a Physiotherapy Degree from Australian Catholic University gained in the year 2013. She has been working as a registered Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in private practices in Brisbane, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. Teresa provided physiotherapy services to touring theatre companies at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. More recently Teresa has been training in Polestar Pilates, one of the two internationally accredited qualifications.
Teresa's main passion is dance. She began dance classes at the age of 5 at Julie-ann Lucas School of Dance in Brisbane and continued her practice of dance at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence under the mentorship of the Queensland Ballet. Achieving her RAD Advanced 2 Ballet Levels and Teaching Diplomas in CSTD Tap and Jazz.
Professionally, Teresa has worked for the Brisbane Broncos NRL Cheer Squad for two seasons with 'K Entertainment', performed with 'Legs 11 Entertainment' for their Chorus Show and with 'Artistic Management' for promotional work. In 2016 she worked internationally as a dancer and background character in India with 'Glow Show Entertainment India' for many music videos and films and weddings.
Diana's training in the U.K. included classical ballet (BBO Advanced, ISTD Advanced), tap (BBO Advanced), modern theatre dance (ISTD Advanced), acrobatics and highland dance (UKAPTD). This was followed by formal teaching qualifications for classical ballet with ISTD (Hons) and IDTA (Hons) and highland dance with UKAPTD. In the UK, Diana taught both adults and children, entering candidates for examinations with BBO and ISTD, choreographed for the local Operatic Society and worked with teenagers at the Youth Centre. Since moving to NZ, Diana has become interested in safe, effective movement for adults, and has attended classes and workshops in Skinner Releasing Technique with Raewyn Thorburn, Alexander Technique, Classical Ballet and Floor Barre with Timothy Gordon, Progressing Ballet Technique with Marie Walton-Mahon, and Franklin Method with Morten Dithmer.
Hamish McIntosh is a 2015 graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance, with a major in contemporary dance and minor in classical ballet. A current postgraduate student of UoA, Hamish specialises in teaching beginner's classical ballet with a focus on technique and bodily mechanics.
Lauren has been dancing for over 15 years, training in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary, with her greatest passion being for rhythm tap. Originally from Canada, she’s spent some time training and performing non-for-profit dance companies – En Corps Dance Collective and Tri-Tone Rhythm Ensemble, both based out of Calgary. She has trained in tap from professionals throughout North America, attending many of the festivals that have come through. She had taught dance for five years before moving to New Zealand, where she is now studying to become a chiropractor, but continuing training when she can. She is excited to teach in Auckland and share everything she has learned through dance with others.
Upon graduation from NAFA (Singapore) in 2007, Leia Ang enjoyed dancing and dance making at Frontier Danceland (Singapore). Under the NAC scholarship (overseas), she furthered her dance studies at UNCG (USA) and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance with concentration in K-12 Teaching Licensure, suma cum laude. She taught at the Dance Project and performed for the Cyrus Art Production (USA) in 2012, returning to Singapore, where she performed for Re: Dance Theater (Singapore) in 2013. Thereafter, she continued as an independent dance practitioner to explore and enjoy the creating processes with other artists from similar as well as different backgrounds and disciplines. She also taught as a part-time lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts. In 2017, she decided to pursue her postgraduate degree at the University of Auckland. She currently explores the art and joy of research writing and teaching in Auckland city.
Katherine's initial training is in RAD and ISTD ballet to Advanced. She completed professional training at the National Theatre Ballet School Melbourne and danced with the Vienna Festival Ballet in Europe for four years. In London she also trained with teachers such as John Prince (NYCB) and Shelia Styles (Royal Ballet). On returning to New Zealand she has been a member and teacher for City Dance Ballet Company, a group operated for 11 years and has also continued to perform in both a professional and recreational capacity up to the present time. Katherine's teaching philosophy is based around supporting a sound and safe technique, and fostering a joy of ballet as a moving/performing art.
John has been dancing for 5 years, both in and outside New Zealand, training at Japan's En Dance Studio, Oschool in Singapore, and Bindi chewsdays and Prestige Dance Classes here. His repertoire expands beyond urban and hip-hop to styles such as street jazz and contemporary. Not one to be constrained by genres, his choreography often draws on elements of the different styles he has trained in. Being a musician as well, he pays attention to the different layers of the music and often interprets the concept of the song through movement.