Who we are
Emily is a stay at home mum of two wonderful, incredible children. She is a writer. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and in the New Zealand Herald and New Zealand Women’s Weekly. She’s passionate about making sure all children have the chance to do what they love to do – free from limitation. She loves kids and volunteers for Mother’s Network Wellington and Brooklyn, Berhampore, and Bays Plunket. She is an advocate for all children. She’s all about empowering, supporting, and caring for mums, and she’s into creating and fostering spaces that support and nurture mothers and their tamariki. She wants a to create a home for all children who need a place that’s safe for them to be who they are. She is a feminist who believes all children should be able to wear tutus if they want to!
Sarah is an ex-dancer who knows first hand how amazing dancing can be for children. Dance classes teach so much for than just dance. Friendships are made, confidence is built and children gain a connection to their bodies and can express themselves, all while learning that movement can be fun! Sarah is excited to give kids these opportunities in a low pressure environment where they can be themselves and have as much fun as possible. Dancing is Sarah’s creative outlet as her day job – accounting – doesn’t lend itself to as much creativity as some may (jokingly) think.
April started dancing in Perth, Western Australia, when she was four – many, many pirouettes ago. She studied classical and jazz ballet, worked as a professional dancer/choreographer and has run her own ballet school. April and her Kiwi husband moved back to NZ to kick back and retire but April thinks she still has a few high kicks left in her!
Ayreen studied ballet (RAD) until the age of 21 and has also dabbled in tap, contemporary, and salsa. She began attending adult ballet classes again in early 2015. Having re-discovered the self-awareness, energy and joy dance brings, she’s excited to share that experience with the kids of Wellington. She has worked in community development, venue and event management and currently works in arts administration. Ayreen likes baking, marshmallow-making, crochet, parrots, and dressing up.
Louise L had the good fortune to study ballet full time at the NZ School of Dance and then the Royal Ballet School in London. After graduating and a short stint with the Birmingham Royal Ballet she returned home and decided to go to university instead of continuing to pursue a ballet career. After working in the public sector and having two children she now volunteers with the Community Comms Collective. It was a no brainer to get involved with Ballet is for Everyone as it combines past and present passions – ballet, children, and volunteering. A win win win!
Charlotte learned RAD ballet for 14 years growing up, as well as contemporary, jazz and hip-hop. After a decade off, she’s returned to ballet in recent years and realised the joy it gives her in a less stressful environment. She believes creative expression through dance shouldn’t be limited to children of particular gender expressions, ability levels, or body types, or to those whose parents can afford it. She is a freelance writer and journalist who also works for a non-profit.