Teaching Staff

Emma Body - Artistic Director - Selwyn School of Dance
A.I.D.T.A, RAD (RTS), Anatomy Dip (IDTA), PG Dip (Vit & Oen), BSC (Otago, NZ)

Emma began dancing at the age of 4 with Gillian Francis School of Ballet (RAD) and progressed to major examinations.  She also completed the RAD Dance Education Syllabus in Classical Ballet (Level 1, 2 &3) and also National Character (Level 1,2 &3).  As part of the senior school progressed to teaching the RAD Pre-Primary ballet class and prepared children for performance and examination.  Throughout her time with Gillian she performed in the annual production in many roles of the ballets, Nutcracker Suite, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Beatrix Potter and Peter and The Wolf.  During this time she also performed as a child dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in Giselle and Coppelia, and spent week long winter school programs with the New Zealand School of Dance.

Emma continued dancing throughout her tertiary education at Otago University completing dance history, choreography and contemporary dance papers at the Physical Education Department there.  Coming back to dance after travelling abroad she danced and studied for 3 years with Southern Ballet and Canterbury Ballet in Christchurch. Currently, Emma is an Associate of the International Dance Teachers Association and a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and NZAMD and also an active member of the Christchurch Ballet Society.

Shannon Nuttall—Graded Ballet Teacher

Shannon studied drama during her time at High School, gaining Levels 1, 2, and 3 in NZQA Drama, she also performed in the 2008, 2010 and 2012 Stage Challenge. During 2011, Shannon was involved with stage management for the 2011 performance of Blood Brothers.

Shannon has been with the Selwyn School of Dance for three years, performing soloist roles in Sleeping Beauty and The Snow Queen. Shannon started to gain an interest for teaching ballet at the age of 18 after gaining her Intermediate Performers Exam in 2013. From there she progressed to study Pre-Associate 1 teaching Examinations with the IDTA, achieving this in our end of year session. To further her dance training she studied Classical Ballet and Polish character dance during the year gaining Distinction in the gold medal test (IDTA) at the end of 2014.

Also having a passion for contemporary and lyrical dance, she has begun teaching and choreographing for the Junior Contemporary class, and also providing private lessons in Ballet, Lyrical, Demi-Character and Barefoot for students invited to attend regional dance competitions.

Shannon is currently studying Classical Ballet to the level of Advanced 1 (vocational IDTA) and looking to gain the Pre-Associate 2 teaching qualification in the end of year exam session. Another interest for Shannon is children’s portraiture and dance photography, this has led to her gaining a Diploma in Photographic Imaging at CPIT.