Meet the Dance Team

Chilton Dance Centre Director

Bronwyn BennettBronwyn
ARAD Solo Seal, RAD Life Member, RAD Registered Teacher, RAD Teaching Certificate (Distinction), ISTD Advanced (Modern Branch), ISTD Advanced (National Branch), Patron PACANZ.

With more than 30 years teaching experience Bronwyn’s passion and dedication to dance has inspired many children throughout the Wellington area. Prior to Chilton, Bronwyn owned her own dance school in the Hutt Valley for many years – teaching both Ballet and Jazz. In 2002 she joined Chilton Dance Centre to focus on teaching Classical Ballet.

Since becoming Director of the Chilton Dance Centre, Bronwyn has worked to build the Dance Centre to a highly successful school, offering a range of dance styles to students taught by high-calibre teachers. Past students have gone onto tertiary dance studies with successful careers in dance and performing arts both nationally and internationally.

In her spare time, Bronwyn enjoys reading, walking and spending time with family.

Bronwyn is also a member of the Chilton Saint James School Executive Team.

Teaching Staff

Brianna Coughlin
Diploma in Commercial Dance at Whitireia Performance Centre; former member of world-champion Hip Hop crew – Infinite; tutor on the Whitireia Commercial Dance course and has tutored at the New Zealand School of Dance Winter Seminar

Talia Ellis

BA (English/Dance), Dip Tchg, NZAMD Solo Performance Diploma

Leigh Evans
ARAD Advanced; Examiner and Artistic Consultant to American Jazz Dance Affiliation; tutor on the Whitireia Commercial Dance and Musical Theatre courses; renowned choreographer for Musical Theatre performances throughout New Zealand

Alisha Gabrielsen

RAD CBTS; Diploma in Commercial Dance at Whitireia Performance Centre

Emma Martin
Diploma in Dance Performance: Contemporary, New School of Dance

Vivencio Samblaceno Jr
IDTA Associate, RAD MRT, NZD&DC Registered Amateur Dance Teacher (New Zealand Dance & Dancesport Council);  Philippine Ballet Theatre, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Professional Dancer 1988 – 2008 Philippine Ballet Theatre & Royal New Zealand Ballet

Ruth Wall
RAD CBTS, ARAD Advanced, Diploma Dance

Wendy-Jane Warren
ARAD Advanced, NZAMD Solo Performance Diploma, RAD Registered Teacher, RAD Teaching Certificate (Distinction), NZAMD Examiner

Mrs I Kouzminova (Pianist)
MA, AIRMT, Diploma Music