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.
Maree is the Studio Manager at Victory Performance Centre.
Extremely passionate about dance you'll see her around the studio most days both dancing in classes and helping out the teachers. Managing the day-to-day operations of the studio she's always a friendly face to answer any questions you have.
Her dance experience was first in RAD Ballet completing grades 1-8 and reaching the advanced grades in the vocational syllabus. For the past five years she has been dancing with Julie Anterrieu to both continue developing technique as well as learning a wide variety of other styles. She is a member of The Roaring Antoinettes and loves performing with them as well as teaching Burlequercise at VPC.
Heather is a graduate from Auckland University of Technology where she studied a Bachelor of Dance degree in 2009-2012 and gained a Certificate in Sport and Recreation in 2009. Heather has most recently graduated with excellence from the Broadway Dance Centre in New York City where she had the privilege of being trained by some of Americas top choreographers and teachers, Mia Michaels, Ashle Dawson, Barry Kerollis and Germaine Salsberg as well as had the opportunity to perform some of her own choreographic works in their Project Performance. Heather is also the founder of the fledgling Focus Dance Company here is New Zealand. Throughout the past 4 years she has been teaching and freelancing as a contemporary choreographer as well as taking part in several local performance pieces including the rugby world cup fan trail, the Auckland Fringe Festival, performed at several local high schools as a guest artist and taken masterclasses with Mia Michaels. Heather is thrilled to further share her knowledge and enthusiasm of dance at the Victory Performance Centre.
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.
Cushla is a graduate from Unitec where she studied a Bachelor in Performing and Screen Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance. During her tertiary dance training, she had the privilege of performing in works by New Zealand’s top choreographers, Ross McCormack (Area), Malia Johnston (Art of Colour), Taiaroa Royal & Taane Mete (Okareka Dance Company) and Claire O'Neil (Fieldworks)
Since graduating Cushla has interned with Atamira Dance Company in their season Manaia working with choreographer Gabrielle Thomas (2016) Choreographed and performed in the music video Heart Over Mind by Elcee
And co-choreographed and performed in the award winning and International show Fabricate, “Best of Dance” Dunedin Fringe 2017, SYDNZ Tour Ready Award, Wellington Fringe 2017. Cushla is also furthering her yoga studies in Baron Baptist Power Yoga.
You can find Cushla teaching contemporary dance and yoga at Victory Performance Centre.
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.
Wayne Ong graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in Dance and Biochemistry (Honors/Distinction) in 2011. While a student, he trained in contemporary dance with distinguished faculty members David Dorfman, Adele Myers, Shani Collins, and guest artists Nicholas Leichter, Kyle Abraham, Andy LeBeau and Shane O’Hara.
From 2011-2012 he worked in Boston as a dancer with Anna Myer and Dancers, and as a ballroom dance instructor with Ballroom In Boston. He then returned to Singapore and danced with Frontier Danceland from 2013-2016, where he also served as the program leader for the M1-Frontier Danceland Pulse Programme from 2014-2016. Wayne is now an independent artist and hopes to share God’s love with people.