Corinne Yee - Director
Corinne established the Asia Pacific Dance Association to develop and promote dance education programmes in the arts sector.
Under the tutelage of Debra Dean, Beverley Bowen and Julia Barry (Auckland), Corinne trained in ballet and jazz from a young age.
Corinne choreographed and performed in musicals from 15 years. In 1999 she achieved her Solo Seal in jazz dance and was awarded the Mary Evers Memorial Scholarship from the American Jazz Dance Affiliation. 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, ballet company soloists, international hip hop crew competitors, choreographers, dance directors, teachers, examiners and studio owners.
In addition to dance qualifications, 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 and 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).
In 2007 Corinne was one of eight New Zealand women selected by NEXT Magazine as a "Changemaker" and was profiled for her influence and innovation in the dance industry.
Today Corinne 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 talented choreographers and examiners, Corinne strives to inspire students and teachers through the APDA dance syllabi.
The APDA curriculum is currently offered by dance studios and private educational schools and institutions across New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Thailand, Taiwan, South Africa and the UK.