Corinne Yee - Director
Corinne established the Asia Pacific Dance Association to develop and promote dance education programmes in the arts sector.
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. For the majority of students who have followed other career paths, dance represents a special time in their lives where life-skills have been learnt and close friendship bonds have been formed. Corinne believes this aspect of dance studios is equally as important as the technical training.
Corinne holds a Bachelor of Communications and worked in public relations in the wine and aviation industries as Communications Manager. In 2004 she combined her dance and business skills to become the Founder/Director of 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.
With the support of the talented APDA team of choreographers and examiners, Corinne strives to inspire students and teachers by providing comprehensive dance syllabi which promote technique, performance, individual creativity and personal development.
The APDA curriculum is currently offered by dance studios and private educational schools and institutions across New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Thailand, South Africa and the UK.
Corinne and husband Tom have four children, all have trained in the APDA syllabi including Blake who is a professional dancer/performer touring Australiasia and Europe in musicals.