Donna Cain, CEO

 

Creative Director behind Mount Dance Co. Donna settled in NZ in 2010 full filling a successful career in performing and teaching around the world. Loving dance styles such as contemporary, contact improvisation, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, freestyle. Donna especially loves working different from others, such as the many wedding dances she has choreographed, the community groups she supports and dance for disability groups that she mentors in the dance world. With aim is to give our future performers amazing life experiences and performance experience as well as giving them a fun safe environment to meet new friends, keep fit and be part of something. I have been lucky enough to have experienced the benefits that dance provides and it has helped me overcome many obstacles. I love to see others getting the most out of life irrelevant of the situation and love nothing more than helping them to build memories that they will live with and look back on. 

Jane Parkes HEAD OF COSTUME & PRODUCTION DESIGN.

 

Originally from the U.K. Jane began studying performing arts to build her confidence after being bullied as a child. At the age of 10 she started baton twirling and it was an instant attraction. In 2009 Jane and her young family relocated to New Zealand. It was here Jane connected with Donna from newly founded Mt Dance Co. A place where everyone is encouraged to express themselves.  Jane found the inspiration to pick her baton back up and start twirling again. "I suppose it's a bit like riding a bike, you never forget".

 

Here at Mount Dance Co Jane is so much more than an amazing baton twirler. Not only does she want to give children the opportunity to try something exciting and different, become a unique individual, make friends while working as part of a team, enjoy dance and having fun!

Jane will be found at every event and performance as our HEAD OF COSTUME & PRODUCTION DESIGN.

Rush Wepiha Past Tutor & Dance Mentor. 

Rush is an established figure in the Hip Hop world with a story that spans over 20 years. From his humble beginnings on the streets of New Zealand learning Breaking fundamentals and Hip Hop culture, Rush has taken his craft to top level as the Australian Bboy Champion Crew five times, an untouched record to date, and now as an internationally respected Breaking judge. As an accredited instructor with the Australasian Calisthenics Organisation (ACO) Rush uses the discipline of calisthenics training as an integral part of his dance methodology and overall holistic approach to health, exercise and performance.

Rush is a member of three world renowned crews – Fresh Sox (Australia), 7 Dollars (Switzerland) and Mighty Zulu Kingz (New York) and has trained under Bboy pioneers Alien Ness (Bronx), Poe One (Los Angeles), Storm (Germany) & Break Ezy (Brooklyn). Forever a student and keen to spread his knowledge, Rush has a fresh, unique and intimate teaching style that passes on to his students not only his knowledge but also his love for the dance and Hip Hop culture.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Choreographer ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Season 1

  • Sydney Opera House multiple performances

  • Resident Instructor at Urban Dance Centre Sydney

  • Judge at International Breaking competitions including World Dance Games China, BC One Australia, Circle Kingz Switzerland, and Radikal Forze Jam Singapore

Freelance Dance Teachers

As well as our current team of dance teachers, we also work with several long-term freelance dance teachers in order to bring new styles of dance and personality in to the dance school.