Commercial Dance Tutors

Liesl Eksteen, Bachelor of Applied Arts

Commercial Dance Lead Tutor 

Liesl Eksteen, a past graduate from Whitireia completing her Bachelor of Applied Arts in 2014. Having trained in dance all her life, Liesl succeeded as a professional company dancer using her talents to travel the world choreographing and performing in numerous television shows, corporate floorshows, music videos and musicals. Living in London for two years, Liesl was able to expand her opportunities by teaching and performing in the UK. She was then given the opportunity to move to India for a six-month Bollywood dance contract working with world class choreographers in Bollywood movies, music videos and VIP events.

Liesl is now enjoying passing her knowledge on to others. As the Lead tutor of Commercial Dance at Te Auaha, she tutors, mentors, works administrations and is involved in networking the students into the industry during their studies. 

Anne Anderson, ARAD, DIP Classical Ballet

Anne Anderson, ex-principal of the RNZB Company toured extensively in NZ and overseas including Europe, China, America, Australia and England. Favourite roles were mainly the classics – Juliet, Odette/Odile, Giselle, Cinderella and Ophelia to name a few.

Former course coordinator for the Commercial Dance Course at Whitireia, Anne now enjoys tutoring both straight classical and neo-classical dance. She enjoys choreographing new material and staging traditional ballet works when required. She is seen adjudicating at competitions and has taught classes for the Alana Haines Australasian Awards where she enjoys the up and coming talent. Anne is currently a freelance tutor working at Te Auaha, Chilton Ballet Academy, Associate programme NZSD and giving private tuition also. She continues to assess the fulltime students at NZSD.

Retired from performing Anne is passionate about passing on her knowledge and experience.

Jun (Vivencio M. Samblaceno, Jr.) LIDTA

Vivencio (Jun) trained in Manila, Philippines and danced professionally with the Philippine Ballet Theatre. He joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and performed with them in New Zealand and internationally for twenty years as a soloist and principal. Some of his favourite classical roles were both Romeo and Tybalt from Romeo and Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle and the Prince in The Nutcracker and Cinderella. Contemporary roles include the Father from Michael Parmenter's Les Noces, Jiri Kylian's Soldatenmis and the Figure of Death in Rudi Van Dantzig's Four Last Songs among others.

He received his Associate and Licentiate degrees with distinction under the International Dance Teachers' Association. He is also a Mutually Recognised Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. He has taught adjudicated classes at the Alana Haines Australasian Awards and was an artistic judge at The Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award 2015. He has been teaching since 2009 passing on his knowledge on the Commercial Dance programme.

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