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KIM DAVEY / FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Kim was born and raised in New Zealand where she was actively involved in dance, theatre and the performing arts. Kim went to Victoria University of Wellington where she completed an LLB/BA – Politics and Theatre. After 7 weeks at a law firm Kim decided she was not being true to who she really was and quit to go traveling.

In 2013 Kim launched NZ Dance Network offering regional dance workshops, dance classes and overseas dance tours to help NZ dancers follow their dreams. Based on the incredible success of NZDN Tours and a desire to take the concept global, Kim launched World Class Dance Tours to inspire, empower and excite dancers worldwide. Kim has won numerous entrepreneurial awards such as Rock Your Business NZ and the Global Entrepreneur X-Factor Competition.

Over the last 10 years Kim has transformed her life into one of passion and purpose, combining her love of the arts, travel (all 7 continents) and personal development into a business committed to empowering dancers to live out their full potential.

Kim resides between New Zealand & the USA and is married to her wonderful American husband Jason.

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KIMBERLY (BELLA) AUKETT / TEAMS’ MANAGER

Hailing from sunny Hawke’s Bay, Bella has fond memories of her earlier days spent being active in gymnastics, dance and piano lessons.

After years spent honing her skills in Sales, Project Coordination and Recruitment in both public and private sectors in New Zealand and the U.K, in 2014 she decided to lose the suits and heels (well, most of them) and travelled to South Africa to fulfill a lifelong dream of volunteering with big cats.

Whilst in South Africa, she teamed up with the fabulous Kim Davey on a WCDT promotion and has never looked back.

Already an avid traveller, Bella now has the ability to follow the summer around between New Zealand, South Africa and the U.K doing what she loves – offering the experience of a lifetime to dancers all over the world!

 

KATIE LANE / CUSTOMER CARE EXPERT

Originally from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Katie was an avid dancer through out her schooling years.

She went on to study at Otago University, graduating in Nutrition and Food Science. In recent years Katie has expanded her interest for health and nutrition by studying the IOC Sports Nutrition Diploma.

Katie is a keen traveller and because of this, is never in one place for too long. She is currently residing in Europe, her ‘home’ for the past 6 years, while working in the rallying world. She enjoys trips back to New Zealand, and tries to do this as much as possible.

Dancing continues to be a great passion in Katie’s life, and she is thrilled to now be part of the WCDT Team. The idea of offering once in a lifetime opportunities to aspiring dancers, while allowing them to travel and explore the globe is something she is very aligned to.

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JASMYNE CHUNG / PUBLICITY & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Jasmyne has 10 years’ experience in communications and public relations. She lives and breathes the arts (almost literally; sometimes we think she breathes music instead of air, sings instead of talks and dances in place of walking). Jasmyne travels the world working on major international arts events such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (the biggest performing arts festival in the world) and the Festival of Pacific Arts (where 27 Pacific nations come together to showcase their indigenous arts and culture). She also works for Creative New Zealand, a government agency that encourages, promotes and supports the arts – which includes funding some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s incredible dance companies.

With a background in dance, music and singing, Jasmyne has performed in a number of New Zealand musical theatre productions (her favourite role being a Dynamite in Hairspray), sung in a band and performs with a dance crew. Also a professional photographer, she particularly enjoys photographing performers, especially dancers.

A passionate advocate for doing what you love, Jasmyne delights in working with young people and inspiring them to live to their true potential. She finds great fulfilment in watching dancers flourish during our life-changing tours – both as talented dancers and as pretty awesome human beings.

TIFFANI GRANT / TOUR MANAGER

Tiffani grew up in Antioch, California and entered the world of cheerleading at age 5. Cheerleading became her life until she moved to Los Angeles…

In Los Angeles Tiffani danced among some of the best in the industry and worked with  industry greats such as Travis Payne, Rich & Tone Talauega, Tabitha & Napoleon, Richard Jackson, Rosero McCoy, Hi-Hat, and Tony G. Tiffani was also a member of MTV’S America’s Best Dance Crew Season 2’s ‘Fanny Pak’.

Tiffani has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in dance from California State University, Northridge and has a passion for injury prevention / rehabilitation for dancers, athletes, and performers.

Tiffani is delighted to be part of World Class Dance Tours as a Tour Manager for it has given her the opportunity to share her passion with performers from all over the world.

Tiffani highly encourages everyone to travel as much as possible for you never know what the world has to offer until you see it!

ASHLEY SCHROEDER / TOUR MANAGER

Growing up Ashley had a passion for all things dance. She spent her middle school and high school years dancing in a private competition dance school, Dance Shoppe Plymouth, and a Varsity dance team performing kick line, jazz, and hip-hop.

Ashley also has a passion for martial arts and achieved her Muay Thai ranking belt (Feather weight division); as well as a Brazilian Jui-Jitsu brown belt.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte with a BA in International Marketing and Minor in French, Ashley then moved to Atlanta to pursue life as a professional dancer. In 2013, Ashley wanted to expand her dance career; which brought her to Los Angeles.

Ashley has worked for some of the top people in the entertainment industry including Hillsong USA, T.I, Christopher Titus, HBO/Cinemax Banshee and many other international artists and shows.

Ashley is an avid traveller and is delighted to be part of the WCDT Team to give young dancers the opportunity to travel and do what they love.

JOSEPHINE JACKSON / TOUR MANAGER

Josephine grew up in Hollywood, California and thus, has always had a passion for the arts. She began dancing, acting, and modeling at the age of 8.

Josephine attended Azusa Pacific University where she studied Theatre and Creative Writing and was head of the Azusa Pacific University dance team.

Josephine has travelled the globe and studied in London and Manchester in the United Kingdom and taught dance in South Korea, China, and Thailand.

Josephine is excited to work with WCDT because of the inspiration, creativity, and sheer excitement the program births! “Dancers come to Los Angeles on tour with WCDT and their lives change—in the BEST possible way! I LOVE that and can’t wait to meet you!”

MICHAEL VAN DOORN / AUSTRALIAN PRESENTER

Michael is a professional Dancer and Musical Theatre performer originally from Sydney. He trained at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and at ED5 International.

Michael has appeared in numerous stage productions all over the world. Highlights include Wicked, West Side Story, Chicago, Cinderella and most recently Mamma Mia!

Michael has also performed as a dancer with Tokyo Disney Resort, Universal Studios Japan, Opera Australia, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Millennium Entertainment, the Paris Opera Ballet and as a backup dancer for Adam Lambert (American Idol).

Michael is thrilled to join the team at World Class Dance Tours and can’t wait to help young dancers see the world and realise their dreams are in reach.

NICKI STRUGNELL / AUSTRALIAN PRESENTER

Nicki grew up in sunny South Australia and started performing at an early age. She loved a variety of dance styles – jazz, contemporary, musical theatre as well as acting and theatre. Nicki enjoyed performing in competitions and winning a number of awards in both acting and dance.

Nicki has a Journalism and Public Relations Degree from the University of South Australia and worked at Channel Nine & ABC for many years. She is also a qualified yoga and pilates instructor and owner of Living Light Wellness.

Nicki is super excited to be part of WCDT, for she is passionate about inspiring young people to connect with their true desires by taking advantage of life-changing opportunities.

NICHOLAS STUART / UNITED KINGDOM PRESENTER

Nick is originally from Yorkshire, where he first learnt his passion for all things Dance and Theatre. After training in all aspects of Dance at Angela Hall Dance Academy he went onto train at Bird College graduating with a 1st class BA (Hons) Degree in Dance and Theatre Performance.

Nick has performed all around the world in his career including musicals such as We Will Rock you, Chicago, Victor Victoria and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He’s also worked for Royal Caribbean Cruises and performed in over 4 Pantomimes up and down the country whilst being involved in several TV series and Commercials.

Whilst still performing, he is now also choreographing and is part of the Musical Theatre Faculty at Bird College.

Nick joined WCDT as he realises how important it is to gain as much experience and opportunity when you are a young dancer to help progress a potential career in the arts. He is super excited to share everything about the tours WCDT offer to the future talent of today!

CHARLEY BENNETT / UNITED KINGDOM PRESENTER

Charley started dancing in England at the age of three. She was awarded a scholarship to London Studio Centre where she graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Musical Theatre.

Charley went on to perform at Disneyland Paris where she danced in the parades and seasonal shows. She then went on to tour the British Isles as dance captain for Spirit of The Horse, a show collaborating horse riding, dance and fire eating.

Charley has spent the last 10 years traveling the world as a dancer and dance captain with P&O, Celebrity, Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Charley is so excited to now be part of WCDT to show young dancers the opportunities and career paths available in dance and how you can explore the world at the same time.  

SAMANTHA (SAM) EVE / SOUTH AFRICAN PRESENTER

Sam is a lover of all things! She has an Honours degree in Strategic Management from the University of Johannesburg, a Vocal Performers degree from the Campus of Performing Arts and is a qualified pilates teacher and of course a dancer!

Sam found her love for dance and theatre at the very young age of 3. As a teenager Sam travelled to New York City and was bitten by the performing arts bug.

She went on to become a triple threat, performed in the University of Johannesburg’s Contemporary Dance Company and did a number of dance contracts as singer/dancer/production manager with Costa Cruise Lines.

Sam has travelled the world from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean and now joins WCDT to offer South African Dancers the opportunity to also see the world, live out their dreams and create a life that they are proud of living.

CARMEN CARINCROSS / SOUTH AFRICAN PRESENTER

Carmen is a naturally bubbly, vibrant and witty media personality fluent in English and Afrikaans. She is passionate about theatre and the arts.

Carmen has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media, Communications and Psychology from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and studied drama at StageWorld Theatre School in Port Elizabeth. Carmen landed her first role in a Broadway musical review and went on to perform in various musical stage productions with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Carmen currently works as a presenter on Jacaranda FM 94.2 with Barney Simon as well as TV Presenter, actress and voiceover artist.

Carmen brings her vivacious personality to WCDT to offer dancers an incredible opportunity to pursue their passions and live out their dreams.

RANITEA (RANI) PETARD / NEW ZEALAND PRESENTER

Born and raised in Tahiti, Rani has been calling Auckland her new home since 2008. She grew up performing, sharing her time between ballet, Tahitian dancing and theatre.

Like many team members, after years in a corporate role for an online business, she resigned to pursue a career in acting, modeling, performing arts and explore the world.

World Class Dance Tours is the perfect way to bring her passions together and share with younger generations and their families what opportunities are out there for performers, how to create the life that they want and reach their goals.

Having herself been on dancing tours as a teenager, around California and South America, Rani has had first hand experience on how these tours can change people. She joined the team in March 2017 and is excited to share these amazing opportunities to New Zealand dancers and their families!