MEET THE TEAM
KIM SANTARELLI: Director
Fellow and International Major Examiner I.S.T.D.
I.S.T.D International Representative Australasia
Certified teacher for Acrobatic Arts
F.I.S.T.D. Modern Jazz L.I.S.T.D. Tap I.S.T.D. Ballet
Founder and School Director
Kim has over forty years of dance teaching experience behind her and twenty years of running her own dancing schools in Italy and New Zealand.
Kim's first professionally paid show was at the age of twelve where she was in the pantomime "Puss in Boots" and her first paid teaching position was at the age of fifteen. Never being able to get "performing" out of her system she entered into a career of dancing, travelling all over England, and then all over the world for a luxury cruise line company, firstly as a dancer then as choreographer for the company.
She has been associated with Selwyn College for the past twenty-five years, working very closely with firstly June Renwick, who was the founder and Director of the Selwyn College Tertiary Performing Arts, and the very successful on-going programme of the Junior Performing Arts and now with Duncan Allan, HOD Drama, working on Selwyn's Productions and Musicals.
With all her years of teaching, experience and knowledge she is able to help students to fulfill their dreams in the world of dance as she has always done and continues to do today.
Trained with Sissie Smith (England) Rosella Hightower & JoséFerran (France)
and Royal Ballet School (London)
Joined the Royal Ballet Company, with Sir Frederick Ashton choreographing
‘Lament of The Waves’ for Carl.
Became a Senior Principle with Sadler’s Well Royal Ballet dancing the leading
roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, La Fille mal Gardée, The
Two Pigeons, Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda Act III, Pineapple Poll, Grosse Fugue,
Tilt, Dances at a Gathering, 5 Tango’s, Les Rendezvous, Daphnis and Chloe.
Worked with choreographers –F. Ashton, K. Macmillan, P. Wright, J. Robbins, R
Hind, L. Massine, G. Tetley, H. Van Manen, R. Petit, N.de Valois, and D. Bintley.
Retired from dancing to become a ballet teacher, taking over from Louise Brown
to be the Director of Yorkshire Ballet Scholars and Seminars. Guest teaching Laine Theatre Arts London and other various schools and seminars in England, Sydney Australia and International RAD Seminars in Singapore, Jakarta and Wellington.
Arrived in New Zealand 1998, teaching for NZSD, Alison Pond, and Paula Hunt,
Artistic Director of ‘International Ballet Academy’
Director of IBA Foundation Course Christchurch.
Guest teaching for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
Adjudicator for New Zealand competitions.
Freelance teaching and coaching.
A.I.S.T.D Tap dance
Sally started tap dancing at 6 years old then picked up modern/jazz at 7 years
and followed the ISTD Tap and Jazz syllabus. Sally was late to start ballet at 13
years old but it gave a solid foundation to all genres.
Sally reached her advanced Tap at age 16 and Advanced Modern at age 17. After
that, she continued with open classes and included Contemporary and even
Cabaret. She was involved in teaching tap classes from age 15 taking the juniors
and over the years she was assisting with the senior and even adult tap classes.
Over the years, Sally also enjoyed drama and singing classes, which along with
the dancing, allowed her to be involved in several amateur musical theatre
shows including The Wizard of Oz and Calamity Jane.
At age 19 Sally successfully auditioned for a chorus part in the Australian cast of
42 nd Street. The show played at the Aotea Centre for 8 weeks and was a
wonderful experience to work with such a fine cast.
Dancing took a back seat for a few years while she had her children but in 2010
Sally became a qualified ISTD Tap teacher thanks to the wonderful guidance of
A.I.S.T.D DIP Modern Jazz
Martina has been dancing since the age of 5 years old. She started it off with RAD ballet and continued until Adv 1 ballet. She picked up jazz at the age of 8 doing American Jazz (AJDA).
At 11 years old, she wanted to do contemporary (NZAMD). Her love for contemporary grew from there! She completed all levels of contemporary and became a teacher! At the age of 15, she moved to Kim Santarelli’s dance academy to do ISTD Jazz.
Then on, she has been a part of many musical and dance shows. In August 2018, she sat her final ISTD Modern (Jazz) exam (Adv 2), and achieved distinction! Martina has finished studying and is now a certified Physio therapist.
Choreography | Jazz | Technique | KTL | Commerical | Competitions
Quinn Annemans has established himself as a respected and versatile dancer, performer and choreographer. With Quinn’s training predominantly rooted in Modern and Commercial Training he has evolved a unique style that incorporates elements of technical work, contemporary and commercial flow, high energy with a technically trained foundation.
Quinn has worked and choreographed across many disciplines of dance, featured in Live Performances, Television, Music Videos internationally and various Musical Theatre productions including Aladdin, Chicago and Grease. Quinn was raised in Auckland, competing at the highest levels in competitive teams and solo in the Modern Competition scene; Showcase, Get the Beat, Evolution, and PACANZ, and is now a top choreographer for the dancers currently competing at these events.
Quinn’s passion centres in pushing the knowledge of younger dancers through programmes and travelling Australasia to work and find new ways to train them through what they love. Quinn is also the founder of companies; Tiptronic Productions and Velocity Dance Competition. He enjoys being creative and exploring fresh ways to move with dance, enabling him to be extremely adaptable and committed to his work as an artist.
Choreography | Jazz | Jazz Technique | Foundational Acro | Yoga | Pilates | Lyrical/Contemporary | BodyLab
Belinda Moore is performer, dance teacher, adjudicator, personal trainer and body conditioning specialist with over 25 years experience in dance. She has worked throughout NZ, Australia and the United States for some of the biggest companies in global entertainment including NBC Universal, Comcast and Disney. Belinda performed in events alongside Kesha, Lorde, Jamie Foxx, Jake
Gyllenhaal, Halle Berry, Miss Americas 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019, Ty Herndon, Linda Eder and some of the biggest names in Dancesport and Ballroom Dance. She danced in the Emmy Award-winning Nashville Christmas Parade, Universal Studio’s Macys Christmas Parade, the Pro Bowl, New Zealand Fashion Week, operas Carmen and La Traviata and tours with The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
Belinda was a cheerleader for the All Blacks, Blues, Breakers, Warriors and the Black Caps, worked as a featured dancer in television series’ Legend Of The Seeker, When We Went To War, Maddigans Quest, Xena, This Is Not My Life and in the feature film The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Belinda worked as a stills and live model, acted in ad campaigns for Instant Kiwi and McDonalds and
appeared in music videos for Elemno P and Dei Hamo.
Prior to dancing, Belinda competed in rhythmic gymnastics for 11 years, representing New Zealand throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and North America including the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the 1995 World Championships and was twice New Zealand National Champion. In 2020, Belinda created BodyLab – a strength and mobility programme which helps dancers
improve their movement capabilities, increase their body awareness and assist in mitigating injury risks. The online programme is used by dancers around the world. Alongside teaching and adjudicating dance, Belinda teaches yoga and Pilates, works with clients as a personal trainer, teaches movement masterclasses and workshops around the world and also squeezes in freelance performance work to keep the performance juices flowing.