APDA Examiners

We are extremely fortunate to have the following team of skilled and experienced examiners representing the Asia Pacific Dance Association.

These talented professionals not only grade examination candidates, they also make valuable contributions to the choreography and direction of the APDA syllabi.

 

Mrs Amber Scott

Amber is the Head Choreographer and Examiner for the APDA Urban Ignition Hip Hop Dance Syllabus.   

She continues to contribute her choreographic ideas for the ongoing updates of this syllabi. 

Amber has been a senior examiner for the Asia Pacific Dance Association since 2010, and examines and grades students for many genres across the APDA curriculum.

Amber has 20 years of teaching experience behind her.  She trained extensively in R.A.D Classical Ballet, under the tutelage of Diane Logan.  Amber began teaching from age 16 in her home town of Gisborne, preparing students for both dance examinations, and competitive dance.   

Amber found a passion for Hip Hop dance, which began when she joined Zion.  As a founding member of the dance crew based in Christchurch in 2001, she has since become a respected hip hop dancer, teacher, examiner and choreographer, and dedicates herself to making dance as infectious as possibe. 

Amber attended Excel School of Performing Arts in Auckland and gained the top dancer award in 2004. 

Amber thrives on seeing dancers develop their passion for dance.  She encourages a standard of excellence of all abilities, and prides herself in achieving the potential of each individual to help them succeed throughout their dancing journey. 

Miss Anita Kertland

Anita was born and dance-trained in Townsville, Australia, attaining Honours for her Advanced Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) exam.

Intending to follow a career in Health, but wanting to fulfil her urge to perform, she accepted a short dance contract in Asia and hasn't looked back! After performing in Thailand, Japan, and on the Sydney Showboat in Australia, she then went on to dance on Cruise Ships in America and Europe, at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, and in Musical Theatre including the role of Lorraine in ‘42nd Street’, Germany.  She has toured Finland with Anneli Sari, and has featured in galas in Milan, Martinique, and Bahrain to name a few.

She holds an Honours degree in Occupational Therapy, and has clinical experience in working with children with learning difficulties and developmental disabilities. She completed her Yoga Instructor Certification with Triyoga in London, is a ballet, jazz and contemporary examiner for Asia Pacific Dance Association, and an Xtend Barre instructor.

She believes in the multi-faceted benefits of learning dancing and urges students to follow the challenging but thoroughly worthwhile path of dance in whatever way they choose.

Miss Arabella Healion

Dancing since the age of three, Arabella has trained in Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, AcroDance, Ballet and Hip Hop.

She has completed her Acrobatic Arts M2 certification, ADPA teachers certification, Advanced 1 RAD Ballet, Jazz Addict Australasia (Solo Seal), Level 10 Lucidity, BBDS Hip Hop and is a certified Ready Set Dance Teacher. 

Arabella has a Bachelor or Fine Arts (Visual Arts) and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Distinction). She has experience in teaching the arts within Primary Schools and High Schools, as well in private Dance Studios.

Arabella loves teaching and encouraging students to challenge themselves and extend their range of skills. 

Mr Ashley Gledhill

Born and raised in Bunbury, Ashley began his training at Top Jazz Ballet. Ashley studied all genres of dance and by the age of 12, highlights his first international tour, performing in front of 400,000 people throughout Japan.

Ashley credits his dance teacher Helen Goff, for instilling in him a deep understanding of all things dance and taking part in the numerous competitions throughout Western Australia, he built a solid foundation for his professional career.

As a young adult performer, Ashley was a finalist in ABC's 'Strictly Dancing', which was broadcast internationally and Australian wide. He also made the Top 50 of Chanel 9's 'So You Think You Can Dance".

At 17, Ashley was scouted from a Perth competition to tour Asia, Australia and New Zealand on the Pacific Sky cruise liner. Continuing onto princess cruises, over the next 4 years completed world tours as Dance Captain.

Ashley has excitedly moved back to Western Australia, after 10 years of managing a chain of 4 dance studios in Melbourne.

Mrs Belinda Chattin

Belinda has been dancing since the age of 5 years, and started assisting in classes at age of 12.  By 14 she was training her own students. 

Belinda has been trained in RAD Ballet, CSTD Tap , Jazz and Theatrical. 

She has taught at numerous dance studios in Brisbane and bought her own studio in 2000.  As the owner of Dance Pointe studio she trained students through examinations in Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop, won awards at numerous eisteddfods and received recognition with student top achievement awards through the APDA. 

Belinda became an examiner with the Asia Pacific Dance Association in 2014 and examines in Australia and New Zealand. 

Many of Belinda's ex students have continued their training in full time professional courses and have started their own studios. 

Belinda has a passion for teaching students with special needs and has been working with Therapy and Dance since 2018. 

She recently opened Danceology, a studio on the Gold Coast in Australia. 

Miss Caitlin Walker

Caitlin has trained in Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Tap, Irish Dance, Contempary, Hip Hop and Latin Dance.

She was successfully accepted to Brent Street Studios in 2015 where she completed her Diploma of Musical Theatre.

Caitlin has worked as both a teacher and as a choreographer for the APDA syllabus, with a wealth of experience spanning over 10 years.

Caitlin hopes to inspire the same love for dance that she was given from her teachers as a student

Miss Claire Rowley

Claire qualified as a dance teacher in 2012, and followed it by training professionally in dance performance in Australia. She completed her Certificate IV in Elite Dance Performance at Village in Sydney, followed by a Diploma in Musical Theatre.

Since graduating, Claire has performed in several musicals including Nine, Mamma Mia & We Will Rock You. In 2018 she took part in the Christchurch International Summer School Emerging Professionals Program, where she had the privilege of personal mentorship from Jonathan Groff. 

Claire has also worked as a choreographer & was nominated for her choreographic work on the musical Rent, receiving nominations for both the NAPTA and ACTT awards in 2018. “

Ms Corinne Yee

Corinne is the Founder and Director of the Asia Pacific Dance Association.   

In 1999 she achieved her Solo Seal in Jazz Dance and was awarded the Mary Evers Memorial Scholarship from the American Jazz Dance Affiliation.

Having taught from the age of 13 years, Corinne choreographed and performed in musicals from 15. She danced commercially in companies, theatre, TVCs, music videos and choreographed for full-scale commercial dance and theatre productions. 

Corinne established the "Victoria Phillips Academy" in Auckland in 1998 and was the principal and director of the Academy for 19 years.  Her former students include professional dancers in touring musicals, soloists in ballet companies, international hip hop crew competitors, choreographers, teachers, examiners and studio owners.

In 2004 she established the Asia Pacific Dance Association (the governing body for La Beauté Ballet, Lucidity, Urban Ignition, Encore Theatre Dance, Tap Evolution and JazzAddict dance syllabi). She is the resident choreographer of JazzAddict, Encore Theatre Dance and La Beauté Ballet syllabi and is the Head Examiner and Artistic Director of the Association.  Corinne also adjudicates the international dance competition, the Hong Kong Challenge Cup Dance Competition.

Miss Darika Sangnak

Darika (Kru Tai) is a pioneer in choreography and artistic direction and has been working in dance industry for over 25 years.

Her dance style comes from grooving on the music. Tai can create unique and exciting solutions guaranteed to enhance any artist or brand.

Darika draws on her Dance Major background from Fine And Applied Art Faculty - Chulalongkorn University and taste of American dance style such as American Jazz, Theatre Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Funk and Hip-Hop to create diverse and visually stunning pieces.

Darika also teaches and arranges dance competitions and dance workshops in Thailand that brings people come together to join dance community.

Miss Eve Sorenson

Eve began her dancing journey at the age of 4, where she was introduced to dance at Victoria Phillips Academy, under the tutelage of Corinne Yee. Throughout her student years Eve studied; Jazz, Commercial, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet and Musical Theatre.

Alongside her examination and competition work, as a young dancer Eve was also drawn to the choreographic side of the industry. Eve began working as a dance teacher and choreographer in Auckland at the age of 15, and continues to pursue both across Australasia.

Eve is an examiner and contributing choreographer for APDA, having devised the commercial options for the JazzAddict syllabus. Eve works extensively as a choreographer, training her students for competition and performance work, and regularly hosting training workshops on both sides of the Tasman.
 

Mr Kong Shun Lam

Kong studied dance from the age of 10 and majored in Ballet and Jazz.

He has participated in many international examinations, local and overseas competitions, performances, and large-scale government-sponsored programs.

Kong has also won awards in the Hong Kong Open Dance Competition, Kangaroo Cup Dance Competition, Asia Pacific Dance Competition, Hong Kong Challenge Cup, and many more.

He won the The Kangaroo Cup overall championship for 2 consecutive years. He was invited to travel and compete in Australia and achieved excellent results.

Kong started teaching dance after he graduated from university, and continues to share his passion to his students.

Mrs Kylee-Ann Forrester

Kylee-ann, Ky to those that know her, is married to Darren and has four grown sons.  

She began training in Victoria at 7½ years of age, learning all genres of dance.  Moving interstate numerous times throughout her childhood she was fortunate enough to study a number of different methods of classical ballet namely Cecchetti, RAD, BMAAD (Borovansky) and CSTD whilst also competing in eisteddfod’s and competitions. 

Having opened her own dance school at 19, Shiralee School of Classical Dance in Geraldton, she has over 30 years of teaching experience, preparing students for examinations in many syllabi including Ballet Australasia Limited, BMAAD, RAD and APDA as well as auditions and competitions.  Teaching all genres of dance throughout her career however nowadays mainly focusing on classical ballet and lyrical.

Ky has always encouraged students to be versatile, learning as many genres as possible and taking part in workshops and masterclasses when accessible to not only broaden their knowledge and ability but also their capability to adapt, take instruction and learn different choreographic styles.

Dance has always been a major part of her life and she is grateful to now have the opportunity to examine students as they work towards achieving their personal best through their passion of dance. 

 

Miss Lisa Robertson

Lisa has grown up training under the Royal Academy of Dance and Asia Pacific Dance Association syllabi before completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance & Dance Education) at Queensland University of Technology.

She has continued to teach and choreograph around Brisbane, Queensland, since completing her APDA teaching certificate.

Lisa has been training her students in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-hop, Tap and Musical Theatre since 2013.

Mrs Lou Horo

Lou lives in Invercargill, New Zealand, is married to Paul and has two adult daughters Whitney and Talia.

Lou is the Principal of 'Jazz Time Dance School' where she offers Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Ballet all under the APDA umbrella as well as Zumba classes.

Lou has been teaching dance from the age of 14 when she  started her own school, predominantly teaching ballet. Taking a small break to have her family, her passion for dance remained strong so she started 'Jazz Time' over 18 years ago.

'Jazz Time' focuses on the enjoyment of dance with a "have a go" philosophy. The studio believes in exposing students to a variety of choreographers and styles.  As part of this philosphy, Lou brings tutors from around New Zealand and overseas to teach southern dancers.

'Jazz Time' is affiliated to a Hong Kong dance studio and offers students the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong to participate in classes as well as perform at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Lou is a valued senior examiner of the Asia Pacific Dance Association (APDA).  She enjoys the experience of visiting studios and grading dance students.

Dance is a huge part of Lou's life and she is inspiring to all those around her with her contagious energy, kind encouragement and valuable experience.

Miss Nicole Ballantyne

Nicole trained for 10 years under the tutelage of Corinne Yee in several disciplines as a dancer, teacher and examiner.

She achieved Honours with Distinction and Top Mark in Australasia in several of these examinations.  Nicole was a successful competitor on the competition circuit for many years.

In 2016, Nicole moved to Sydney to complete a Cert IV in Dance at Brent Street Studios, where she was trained by a number of industry professionals. She now remains in Sydney and is competing for the University of New South Wales dance team, in which she is a reigning National Champion two years running. 

Nicole has been a long term demonstrator on the APDA teacher training videos.

Miss Olivia Tennet

Olivia Tennet is the choreographer and Head Examiner of Tap Evolution, the Asia Pacific Dance Association (APDA) tap syllabus.  She is also a contributing choreographer to Jazzaddict and Encore Theatre Dance syllabi.

Olivia has been performing professionally in NZ for 20 years, after landing her first role at the age of seven in ‘XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS’. She has since appeared in various TV and film productions including, ‘LORD OF THE RINGS,’ ‘WHY DOES LOVE?’, ‘WHEN WE GO TO WAR’, POWER RANGERS: RPM’, ‘BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES’ and three seasons of the hit Australian show ‘800 WORDS’. Liv’s theatre credits include the “360” (Theatre Stampede), “MR BURNS” and ‘THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING’ (Silo Theatre), “GUYS AND DOLLS”, “STEPPING OUT” (ATC), as well as playing the lead role in the original musical “PLEASUREDOME”. 

Liv’s choreography credits include music videos for the bands THE MILTONES and THE NAKED AND FAMOUS, the musical “THAT BLOODY WOMAN” for ATC and most recently, as choreographer on “MR BURNS” and “SHORTLAND STREET THE MUSICAL”.

Liv has gained her final Solo Seal qualifications in tap and jazz, both with Honours with Distinction. While training with Corinne Yee she was awarded the top marks in Australasia for four consecutive years.  Liv is trained in jazz, ballet, tap, musical theatre, contemporary and hip hop.

Miss Rhian Widdowson

Rhian is originally from England and has been dancing since the age of 5. She began teaching at 12 years old, along with entering various competitions and completing examinations in various styles.

She then gained first in BA (Hons) in Dance, majoring in Contemporary Dance from The University of Chester. During her time at University she began working with children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities and created 2 collaborative dance companies which she choreographed for. They performed at various locations in the UK, including for the Olympic Torch.

Rhian then made the move to Hong Kong and now both manages and teaches at Academy of Dance. She loves preparing students for competitions, but equally loves nurturing students and seeing their love of dance and confidence grow. 
 

Miss Sarah Lees

Sarah has been dancing since the age of two and has trained in countless different styles of dancing. She acquired her teaching certificate in 2008 while training at Dance Wanaka, in Wanaka, New Zealand. Sarah has extensive experience with the APDA syllabus having completed a number of her own exams as well as teaching students across all different syllabus grades and genres.

At the age of 17 Sarah moved to Perth, Western Australia, to begin university and has been teaching at Silhouette Dance Studio ever since training students for examinations as well as ample competition work.

In 2014 Sarah completed her Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology and went on to complete her Masters of Teaching (Primary).

She is very passionate about understanding how kids learn best and loves seeing students achieve their full potential both in the school and dance classroom.

Mrs Tammy Bennett

Tammy trained as a child with Fay Harbottle in ballet, jazz and tap for 14 years and in Trinity College Speech and Drama with Kate Kelway.  Tammy was fortunate enough to gain a place to dance with the Royal New Zealand Ballet as a child.  She completed her major examinations in RAD ballet.  After the completion of an English and Media double major degree from Waikato University, Tammy continued her performing arts training in Auckland.  She also completed her ATCL Speech and Drama Trinity College Teacher examinations at this time.

Following her training Tammy began teaching full-time at various schools in Auckkland before establishing her own studio in Matamata, 'Aspire Arts Academy'.

Tammy is a senior examiner for APDA and has been examing for over 15 years.

Tammy's passion is instil and inspire performing arts excellence in students alongside encouraging self confidence through the arts.  Her aim is to see potential realised in students of all abilities and to train teachers to realise the depth of potential in every student.

Mr Tim Hoskins

Tim began dancing at the age of five and has been trained in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Tap and Contemporary.  

He has completed the JazzAddict syllabus to Solo Seal and is now a teacher, choreographer and examiner for the APDA syllabus.  Tim has also regularly performed as a demonstrator on teacher training videos and as workshop instructor for APDA.

In 2014 he completed a Cert IV in Dance at Brent Street Studios in Sydney where he had the privilege to work with industry professionals.  

Tim enjoys sharing his passion for dance and hopes to instil that same passion in his students.

Miss Victoria McGregor

Victoria began her dance training in New Zealand at the age of four.  Her love and passion for ballet took her to national dance competitions and performances throughout her time as a student.

Victoria studied at Auckland University of Technology and holds a Bachelor of Dance as well as RAD RTS, and APDA teaching qualifications. Upon leaving university, she taught at studios in Auckland, and danced as an NRL cheerleader for the NZ Warriors for a number of years before relocating to Perth, where she has been teaching the APDA Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary syllabi full time, and has contributed choreography for the La Beauté syllabus. 

Victoria loves seeing dancers achieve their goals, and believes examinations are a valuable tool to improve their confidence and self esteem by recognising their hard work.