Kelsey has a huge passion for all things creative...Movement has always been a big part of her life and something she believes is very important throughout all walks of the world.
Growing up in New Zealand, Kelsey danced from a very young age and moved to Australia in 2011 to pursue her love of dance. After completing her two year full time dance training—and gaining a scholarship in her second year—Kelsey went on to sign with a Melbourne Agency and begin dancing on various international tours, performing and travelling around the world for 4 years, living in Mexico, America and the Caribbean (just to name a few) during this time.
Kelsey has a passion for choreography, and in between tours in 2013 she choreographed ‘Seussical the Musical’ for ‘OCPAC Theatre company’ in Melbourne. Seussical did a repeat season for the ‘Melbourne International Comedy Festival’ in 2014, gaining her a nomination for the Melbourne ‘Lyrebird award nomination’ for her Choreography. Kelsey also Choreographed the Tauranga stage show of the NZ regional tour of 'Mamma Mia!' in 2016, and Co-Choreographed Tauranga 'Rock of Ages' in 2017.
Currently, whist also owning ‘KJ Studios’ in Tauranga, she is also the Tap Convenor for Tauranga Performing Arts Competitions Society, Working with The PACANZ Committee, President of Create The Bay, and Choreographing ‘Chess’ The Musical.
Kelsey believes in the world of Dance and creative arts and the opportunities to make a professional career within this sector. She is passionate about teaching, choreography and sharing the arts with as many people as she can. She immerses herself in all things creative arts to keep herself inspired, current, innovate and artistic.
Emma began her dance training in Waihi before moving to DEC in Tauranga to continue with her vocational exams in RAD and BBO ballet Modern Jazz and Tap. During this time she had the opportunity to teach the local dancers of Waihi, competition work.
She continued her studies at the London Contemporary Dance School and graduated with a BA (hons) majoring in Contemporary performance and technique.
While living in London Emma began her teacher training mentored by the late Christina Hughes at the British Ballet Organisation where she taught both grades and majors for four years as well as running a small school in North London. She obtained her ABBO and a diploma of teaching specialising in ballet during this time.
In 2006 Emma had the opportunity to choreograph a short Contemporary piece for her small company with fellow dancer and current teacher Katie Quirke for the RESOLUTION 2006 festival.
Her long-term friend Saori Ishimaru had moved to NZ and was teaching at SABA so Emma’s transition into the SABA family was easy. She successfully completed her RAD registered teachers’ status and took over SABA from the legend Valerie Murray in 2012 and hasn’t looked back since.