Our teachers

Teacher and Director:

Dancer in Development

With full-time DiD student Beth Edwards

Kathleen-Malee Smith

BA, Cert.TT, RAD Solo Seal, B.B.O registered (British Ballet Organization)

 In 2014, Kathleen-Malee realised her dream of founding her own dance school, after an exciting international career as a professional ballet dancer and extensive teaching/coaching experience at MEBA and on the  AUT B'Dance programme. Based in Central West Auckland, she fulfills her love of teaching, choreographing and coaching, and enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for the art of ballet with all students. Her successful full-time Dancer in Development ballet programme keeps her busy and connected to current developments in the industry.

Our teachers:

Joanna Sylvester
BA Dance

Tutor Kinder Creative Dance - Silver, Gold, Platinum & Open Junior Ballet

"I have been teaching creative dance since 2011. My classes are based on my six years experience at Playcentre and knowledge of Te Whariki.  My dance background is mainly contemporary dance, ballet and 5Rhythms (improvisation), and I have a BA in Dance from Queensland University of Technology.

Dance is my passion – it is communication, expression, freedom and fun. In creative dance classes I aim to extend children's natural dance abilities through new movement experiences and growing physical strength, co-ordination, flexibility and control. My classes include structured exercises, improvisation and exploration. Children learn group skills, class etiquette, body awareness and basic dance technique. Narratives, themes, concepts and music are used to connect with children’s imagination and as we play with and share movements, we create dances together.”


Tia Sagapolutele

Learn awesome moves with Tia, a World International Hip Hop Silver Medalist and NZ National Champion! Come along to her fun Friday New Lynn classes, the perfect way to get ready for the weekend. Comfortable clothing, a positive attitude and readiness to have fun are all you need. Enrol now for Term 4.
Hip hop can be seen in many music videos, and this is a great class to attend if you want to learn sequences or dances just for fun!  The classes are high in energy, full of attitude and contain the best moves and music to inspire students at an age appropriate level. Funky, fun and always with a smile, come and learn from Tia, a NZ National Champion who just loves inspiring kids to love dancing!

Ezra-Thomas Holliday

We are thrilled to welcome Ezra-Thomas to the KMS Dance Studio teaching team. He will be taking our Contemporary Dance classes (2018) as well as the very popular genre of Tap Dancing. He's passionate, knowledgable and loves sharing his enthusiasm and experience in these two genres particularly. His classes are really popular and we know you'll be a fan after one class!

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