REBEKKAH SCHOONBEEK-BERRIDGE

An in demand professional Dancer, Choreographer, Singer and Actress, Rebekkah has trained in Auckland (The Dance Studio & Fulton School of Dance) and later in New York at "Broadway Dance Centre”. Rebekkah has completed TDI exams in Jazz, Tap & Ballet and NZAMD Solo seal in Jazz, Tap & Contemporary.

Her choreographic work has been seen in many musicals, music videos, corporate events, and competition performances. She is heavily involved in the New Zealand dance education and has created and developed curriculums for multiple institutions including Excel Performing arts where she created the NZQA Level 4 & 5 dance curriculum and was Head of Departed there for Two years.

 In 2015 she was awarded “Stand Out Female Performer” for her contemporary piece The Crickets Have Arthritis (Short + Sweet Dance Festival), and in 2016 completed a one-month Contemporary Indigenous Dance Residency at Banff Arts Centre in Canada.  In 2019, Rebekkah performed in at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Two Hearts with Laura Daniel and Joseph Moore. Her theatre credits include Shortland Street The Musical, featuring on the original cast recording album, Pleasuredome the Musical, Chicago, Artemis, Gifted, Anything Goes and 42nd Street. She has appeared on television (X-Factor, Jono and Ben), in multiple music videos (Marlon Williams, Stan Walker, The Eversons), and for Les Mills Gym and Sky City Entertainment.

Rebekkah has danced for many live events (X-Factor, TV3 Awards, Blues Rugby) and has choreographed and danced for a number of festivals, including Tempo, Short + Sweet.

Founder of dynamic dance theatre company Luck & Schooney, Rebekkah is co-artistic director of the spectacular queer cabaret Night of the Queer. 

Kate Martin

Kate Martin is the Director of KMSOD in Levin where her school teaches Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Acro Dance & HIpHop. Kate is a qualified Dance teacher & Examiner with IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association). She has a Diploma in Dance from Whitirea in Wellington majoring in Commercial Dance and a Contemporary Dance Degree from Unitec in Auckland. Previous to opening her own dance school Kate spent many years performing professionally in New Zealand and overseas. Kate first trained in Palmerston North training in IDTA Ballet and Modern Dance completing to Adv 2 with Distinction and has also completed Major exams for NZAMD Contemporary, ISTD Modern Dance and AJDA and has represented Palmerston North for Jazz/Contemporary at PACANZ. Kate has been Adjudicating throughout New Zealand at various competitions for the last 7 years. She loves adjudicating and knows how much effort goes into getting dancers competition ready. Kate looks forward to seeing every dancer on stage and strives to give encouraging and constructive reports. As well as teaching full time and running her dance school Kate is also a Mum to three boys 6, 9 & 11 years old.