About Us

Here at Aspire we endeavour to provide quality arts education. Through this we aim to encourage greater confidence and creative expression through dance and drama. We just love to provide opportunities, like local performances and bringing up young teachers, to our students who show great attitude, positivity, fantastic work ethic and determination in all areas of class.
We have worked hard within the school to create a family atmosphere where we aim to give every student a sense of belonging.
As teachers we strive to continuously keep inspiring ourselves to then in return inspire our students. We approach every class with a motivated and positive attitude with the hope that our passion will create a difference for every child and give them a positive arts experience.

THE TEAM

Tammy Bennett :
Owner & Director of Aspire Arts Academy.

Tammy started Aspire in 2008 and had no idea of the demand at which began to present itself for quality performing arts tuition in Matamata and the surrounding districts.

Tammy trained as a child with Fay Harbottle in Ballet Jazz and Tap for 14 years and in Trinity College Speech and Drama with Kate Kelway . Tammy was fortunate enough to audition for and gain a spot dancing with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Cinderella Production as a child - an experience she will never forget. She completed her major exams in RAD Ballet. After the completion of an English and Media double major degree from Waikato University, Tammy continued her perfoming arts training in Auckand. She also sat her ATCL Speech & Drama Trinity College Teachers exams at this time.

Following her training she began to teach full time as a dance teacher and drama teacher at various schools in Auckland. During this time she also began to examine dance in jazz and hip hop for the Australasian Dance Association - now Asia Pacific Dance Association. Tammy has been a dance examiner for 11 years now and still thoroughly enjoys going out to examine and being inspired by students in other schools. Tammys main passion is to not only instill and inspire performing arts excellence in students but also to encourage self confidence and self esteem through the arts. Her aim is to see potential realised in students and to train teachers to realise the depth of potenital in every student who enters the academy.

Courtney Tetlow:
Preschool Teacher

Kylie Trow:

Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Lyrical Teacher


Ilze Engelbrecht:

Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Lyrical Teacher

Lydia Louw: Studio Manager.
Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Adults, Drama and Invitational Teacher

Megan Carter:
Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Acro & Lyrical Teacher


Abby Griffin

Ballet Teacher


Gabrielle Raynel:
Hip Hop, Acro, Musical Theatre, Lyrical & Jazz Teacher

Lara Edgecombe:
Drama Teacher

Assistant Teachers

At Aspire, we love to be able to give students with a passion for dance, the opportunity to expand in their own confidence and abilities by giving them the change to be an 'assistant teacher' in our younger classes.
The assistants benefit from this by learning skills to teach a dance class, how to keep them engaged, ways of teaching choreography and confidence to younger students, and the ability to control number of students.
The younger students benefit from assistant teachers by having an older dancer to look up to - a role model who is able to show them what hard work and a good attitude in the studio can bring.
The teachers benefit from this by being able to make use of assistant teachers when a class has fuller numbers. Students are still able to be separated into smaller groups with the use of the assistant teacher and more 1 on 1 attention can be given when needed.
We love to watch our young dancers grown into capable young teachers.

Bronlee Ireland

Jazz & Hip Hop
With experience in many styles of dance, Bronlee is currently taking Hip Hop, Jazz, Acro and Lyrical with Aspire. Bronlee works very hard to keep taking her dance skills to the next level and has a great can do attitude, we really look forward to having her in some of our acro and Hip Hop classes.

Teesha Pawson

Hip Hop, Tap

Teesha has danced with Aspire through most of her childhood. Teesha has experience in Hip Hop, Tap and Jazz. With her caring and passionate nature, Teesha will be a real asset in our classes.

Sinead Pacey

Drama

Sinead has been doing drama for a few years now and has a real talent for acting any character! We are so happy to have Sinead on the assistant teacher team! She will be assisting in Middle Drama.

Marissa McGill

Hip Hop

Marissa has been with us since she was a young girl and has always had such a fantastic attitude and passion for dance! Marissa has a very kind and sweet nature in class and we so look forward to having her on the assisting team.

Emerson Diprose

Ballet

This year Emerson can been seen assisting in our Ballet Class. Emerson has many years of Ballet training and has also been working hard in Pointe class. Emerson is someone that many of our younger Ballerinas can look up to and we look forward to having her assist this year!

Hayley-Ann Pawson

Hip Hop & Jazz

Hayley-Ann has such a high energy and positivity in class and has been dancing with us for many years. Her high energy will create a fantastic atmosphere in her classes and we so look forward to seeing the kids get to know her!

Alizae Bennetto

Acro

Alizae has been winning Acro Awards for quite a while now and is very talented in this genre! She will be assisting in the acro classes and helping to inspire them to keep working hard for those acro tricks they want to achieve.

 

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