Shore Dance Staff

Whitney Featherstone

Whitney Featherstone established Shore Dance in 2008. She grew up in Palmerston North, training at the Maureen Ax School of Dance in ballet and jazz since the age of 3. In 2006, she moved to Auckland to complete a Bachelor of Dance at AUT University, for which she received the Top Academic Scholar award in 2009. During this time, she also completed her RAD Advanced 2 examination and became a Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher. Whitney has achieved her NZAMD Solo Diploma in both jazz and ballet, and is now a registered NZAMD and AJDA teacher, living with her husband and two children on the North Shore.

Stephanie Southan

Stephanie was born and raised in Auckland learning to dance at various local dance schools. She first trained at a young age in tap dancing before also studying ballet, jazz and contemporary dance styles. She graduated with a Bachelor of Dance from AUT University in 2009, where she also became a Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher. During this time she completed her RAD Advanced 2 Ballet and NZAMD Advanced Jazz exams. She currently lives in West Auckland with her husband and is looking forward to sharing her passion of dance with her students. 

Naomi Wallis

Naomi trained under RAD life member Elaine Vine and then at 11 was awarded a 5 year scholarship at Dance East in the east on the Suffolk County Ballet Scholarship Scheme. After graduating from the University of Southampton, she rekindled her love of ballet and dance and attended the London Studio Centre to focus on her vocational RAD exams and learning the Cechetti syllabi. In 2007 she started her dance teaching journey with the mentoring and support from Kit Dickinson PDTD ARAD AISTD and was fortunate enough to work for a branch of her school for 4 years and gaining her RAD RTS in 2010. At the same time she also completed a Dance Diploma through the University of London focusing on Contemporary, Ballet and Choreography, whilst working professionally in children’s theatre, TV and Film. Naomi has taught extensively in and around London and in 2014 she was approved as a cover teacher at RAD HQ in London for the dance school there.
She teaches all levels, beginner to vocational students, preparing students for exams, shows and has prepared talented children for audition at vocational school and associate classes.
She has 3 children and moved with her family to New Zealand late October 2016 where she has taught in and around the North Shore.

Josie Heenan

Josie began ballet at the age of 4 at Howick Dance Studio and continued at various studios around Tauranga after moving to Katikati. She returned to Auckland in 2007 to complete a Bachelor of Dance at AUT University and became a RAD Registered Teacher. In her final year of study she had the opportunity to do her practical placement at Shore Dance, assisting Whitney through Shore Dance’s first year. Shortly after graduating, Josie completed her RAD Advanced 2 exam. She currently lives on the North Shore with her husband and daughter.

Jo Smith

Jo started ballet at 4 and tap at age 5. She received Honours in all her examinations. (BBO ballet through to Grade 5 and BBO Tap in all levels including the coveted Solo Seal.

Jo competed from the age of 6 in NZ Tap Competitions (for around 10 years) mostly in the lower half of the North Island, She also danced in the Lotto Ads, and performed in 42nd Street whilst living in Wellington.

She has worked as a tour leader throughout many countries around the world, and as a Police Officer, however after having her own wee girl, has decided she rejoin the dance scene. She has spent the last few months training and brushing up on the NZAMD American Tap Syllabus, as well as taking relief tap classes at friend’s dance schools.

She has a huge passion for tap dancing, especially being able to make so much noise with her feet!! A skill she feels everyone will love!! Dancing is a passion she looks forward to sharing with her own little girl, as well as the students at Shore Dance.

Claire Barrett

Claire Barrett began dance at an early age, studying creative dance at the Van Zon school of dance, she then studied Jazz and Ballet at Auckland West Dance Academy. In 2001 Claire graduated from Unitec with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, with a Major in Contemporary Dance. Since 2001 Claire has worked as a freelance dancer, dance teacher, children’s entertainer and actor, both here in New Zealand and in Europe.

Tegan Sievwright

Tegan began her dance career in Cambridge at the age of 3. Not long after she moved to Taupo where she trained and competed in Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet at the Dale Boddy Academy where she was awarded her NZAMD Contemporary solo seal and advanced levels of AJDA Jazz. When Tegan turned 18, she moved up to Auckland to Train in a Diploma of Commercial Dance at The Apollo Theatre College. In 2016 she completed her AJDA intermediate teaching exam and has since been enjoying teaching all ages from little kids right up to adults. Tegan enjoys teaching dance and sharing her passion and cannot wait to share her love of dance with the Shore Dance students!

Olivia Morrison

Born and raised in Auckland, Olivia started dance classes at the age of four, though she was dancing long before that! Olivia has trained in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap and Contemporary. In 2016 she was awarded her teaching qualification in ISTD Jazz, but has been teaching Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop for many years. Olivia loves teaching even more than she imagined but her biggest passion is musical theatre and performing! She has performed in many plays & musicals around Auckland. Olivia hopes to transfer her passion and enthusiasm to her students.

Heidi Salverda

Heidi has been involved in dance for most of her life. Dancing is her passion, and with many years of experience she feels that she would add great value to Shore Dance.

She grew up in South Africa and moved to New Zealand two and a half years ago with her family. She has started teaching again over the past year and has loved getting back into the dance world.

In South Africa she owned and ran her own dance studio for 15 years. She taught under the umbrella of the South African Dance Teachers Association and offered lessons in tap, modern and hip hop. Her students performed in shows as well as competitions, and they also sat exams. Before she started her own studio, she was an assistant to her dance teacher, Gloria Fish. Gloria Fish was the head of the SADTA until she passed in 2001.

On a personal note, she represented South Africa at the Hip Hop World Championships in Bremen, Germany in 2002 and has also choreographed and performed in items at the Royal Albert Hall in London, representing the South African Fitness League in 2000 and 2010.

Hayley Walters-Tekahika

Over the last 4 years Hayley has danced within the commercial hip hop and the underground scenes. She has studied dance in NZ, Los Angeles, San Diego and at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York, training in Street Jazz, Jazz Funk, Hip hop and Contemporary Styles to name a few.

Hayley has competed in freestyle competitions such as “Waack it Out” 2013 Waacking division winner and “Treason” 2014 Krump female winner. Hayley is also a member of Rina Chae’s all female dance company Street Candee and is studying dance at the University of Auckland

Amber Coates

Amber Coates was born and raised in Auckland and started dancing at age 4 at the Deuxberry School of Dance, she moved to Shore Dance to study RAD Classical ballet in 2009. Amber completed all graded RAD Ballet examinations with Distinction. Amber is currently working towards examinations for AJDA Jazz Advanced 1 as well as her Vocational Advanced Levels in Ballet. She started working at Shore Dance in 2017 as an assistant teacher. Now teaching Pre- School Jazz, Pre -School Ballet, Pre-Primary Ballet and Primary Ballet classes. Amber is currently working towards her NZAMD Junior Teaching Certificate and AJDA Junior Teaching Certificate with plans to complete the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching with the aim of one day teaching a variety of dance genres full-time. Amber hopes to share her passion and love for dance with students at Shore Dance.