Creative Director behind Mount Dance Co. Donna settled in NZ in 2010 after many years of a successful career performing dance and teaching around the world. I began dance in Hamilton, Scotland where I cried my way through my first ballet class. This didn't stop my love and passion for movement . I qualified as a teacher with BATD. Already in the dance profession I co created an agency which trained and supplied dancers for employment all over the uk and Europe. Continuing on with dance education I picked up more qualifications in dance for clients with disabilities, choreography, teaching, commercial dance, conducting movement and dance in the community and much more. Holding a degree in dance I love contemporary, contact improvisation, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, freestyle and I also teach wedding dances, special needs and team/event choreography. I am very passionate about what I do and love being involved in the community. My 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.
We welcome Rush Wepiha
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.
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
Originally from the U.K. Jane studied drama and performing arts for four years to help 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 moved to New Zealand with her two young boys, where she met Donna. Donna gave Jane the inspiration to pick her baton back up and start twirling again. I suppose its a bit like riding a bike, you never forget and with Jane's amazing skills she certainly hasn't forgotten what shes doing. Here at Mount Dance Co Jane wants to give children the opportunity to try something exciting and different, become a unique individual, make friends while working as part of a team and most of all enjoy yourself and have fun!