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Geraldine Inder Queen's Service MedalQSM

RAD Life Member, RTS, ATCL, LISTD, AIDMA, ANATD, NZAMD Member, Civic Award

Teaches Ballet, Tap, Ballroom, Speech and Drama.

Geraldine is the founder and co-director of the school.

A brief account of how Geraldine established the school can be read here. Although in her eighties, Geraldine retains the deepest passion for dance, her students and the school.

Geraldine is the hub of the school, orchestrating everything from production scripts, costume making, accounts and still finds time and energy to continue teaching ballet, tap, speech and drama.

In 2007 she was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for her services to dance in the local community.

Nicola Madden

ARAD, RTS, FNZAMD Examiner, SPD, NZAMD RT, BBO Tap, Grad. NZSD Teaching Diploma, PACANZ Adjudicator, Dorothy Daniels Award. Artistic Director NZAMD

Nicola is a co-director of the school. She teaches Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, 'Stretch Leap Spin', Hip-Hop, Ballroom and Senior Adult fitness. Everything really...

'Miss Nicky' has a wealth of talent as a principal teacher, adjudicator and examiner. Tertiary trained at the NZ School of Dance, she has experienced dancing with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company. Nicola's dance profile is extensive.

Nicola is an integral part of NZAMD. She is the Artistic Director as well as being on the on the executive committee, the examiners and technical panel and has developed syllabi and teaching programmes for the association.

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Jenny Tyer

Teaches Ballet, Hip-Hop, 'Stretch Leap Spin' and Adult fitness.

Jenny had fourteen years as a student at the school. Beginning as a Tiny Tot she progressed from student teacher to full teacher status via a dance scholarship to the NZ School of Dance.

Versatile, Jenny was a NZ representative at Japan's 1997 Youth conference where she helped formulate policy on youth issues for the Geneva Convention

Jenny says, "To dance is to breathe. There is no better feeling than dancing freely to a piece of music and letting the rest of the world disappear. I dance for laughter. I dance for tears. I dance for hope. It is my passion and I am grateful to be able to pass my passion onto our students".

Picture by Judy Nikolaison

Sian Palmer

Teaches Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Jazz

Sian was just seven years old when she began as a student at the dance school. Jazz was an initial passion, but Sian's love for dance was such that she learnt all genres, including speech and drama.

Sian has passed her Solo seal in Jazz and Contemporary dance as well as Level 9 tap and Grade 8 ballet. Recently, Sian won the studio's Student Teacher award..

Sian loves to move and sees dance as a medium to express herself. She loves the fantastic feeling it gives her once she learns a new dance or dance step.

Picture by Judy Nikolaison

Anna McBride

BA, LTCL (Piano), LNZAMD (Solo Seal Jazz, Contemporary, Tap), RAD Advanced 2

Teaches Tap and Ballet, and is the ballet pianist.

Anna learnt dancing at the Geraldine Inder School of Dance from the age of five and began teaching tap in 2008 as a student teacher. While at university, she continued to teach ballet, jazz, and tap at various studios in Dunedin and also pursued her own dancing, performing in various musicals and reaching the semi-finals of PACANZ for tap. Anna lived in London for two years where she was exposed to a wealth of dance performances and opportunities to take classes with expert teachers.

Anna is passionate about the collaboration between music and dance and works as a ballet pianist at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington. She has also played for RAD and Cecchetti syllabus ballet exams. Anna studied ballet accompaniment at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan from 2018-2019 and often draws on her musical knowledge to help her dance students’ understanding of rhythm and musicality.


Teacher of Tap and Contemporary Dance.

profile to be updated in Term 1

Picture by Judy Nikolaison