About Us

At Aurora Dance we believe in the power of movement, expression, and creativity, we nurture the connection between body and soul, and we create a professional and fun learning environment specifically designed for young dancers.

Through our classes, students will be given the opportunity to improve fine-motor and physical skills such as coordination, body awareness, stamina, and balance, whilst also allowing for creative expression and movement development.  We encourage students to learn at their own pace in a welcoming and inclusive environment. All children are invited to participate in our classes regardless of their confidence, skill level, or gender.  

"The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the world’s most influential dance education and training organisations, with its global headquarters in London. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to dance."

We offer classes in classical ballet classes for all ages through the RAD (Royal Academy of dance. 

The RAD’s patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and our President is Dame Darcey Bussell, DBE. With 13,000 members in 89 countries and offices in 36, we have an incredible global network of passionate and skilled employees, teachers and members, each shaping and influencing the future of dance.

Our higher education programmes are regulated and a recent Ofsted inspection found the RAD to be an ‘outstanding’ provider of initial teacher education. The RAD’s examinations are recognised by Ofqual and contribute to UCAS points.

There are currently over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time dance teacher training programmes and each year the RAD’s renowned classical ballet examination syllabus is taught to thousands of young people worldwide, with around a quarter of a million pupils per year going on to take our exams.

Established in 1920 by a group of eminent dance professionals representing the leading ballet styles of the period with the aim of improving the standards of dance teaching, initially in the UK, our founders would be proud of their legacy.

To learn more about the Royal Academy of Dance 
G1-3 girl Photo by Elliott Franks; court
Jazz and Contemporary

We offer Jazz and Contemporary classes in Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels through the Asia Pacific Dance Association (APDA)

"Our mission is to inspire dance students and teachers worldwide.  We do this by providing regularly updated, comprehensive syllabus choreography via online tools and teaching resources. These learning tools, combined with the personal service and support of the APDA office, enables teachers to deliver quality syllabi with confidence."

Dance studios across Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Thailand, Taiwan, South Africa and the United Kingdom offer the APDA dance curriculum.  

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To learn more about the Asia Pacific Dance Association 
Link to the Asia Pacific Dance Association student portal

Meet the Team


Shannon Nuttall

Teaching children to love the art of dance over the past 8 years has been a strong passion of mine, I enjoy watching my dancers go on a journey of self and technical development in the studio and in the real world. 

- Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher 

- Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (2018/2019)

- International Dance Teachers Association Pre-Associate teaching certificate 

- Associate New Zealand Association of Modern Dance (NZAMD) 

- RAD Ballet Advanced Foundation, IDTA Ballet Advanced 1, NZAMD Tap level 5, NZAMD Jazz Advanced 2


Nickie Hughes

Play Drama Workshops

​Nickie has been working and assisting with Drama workshops for over 10 years, creating a lot of experience with children ranging from 5 years to 15 years old. Nickie graduated with a first class BA (Honours) in Drama and Theatre studies in July 2016 and has also received a distinction in Musical Theatre Grade 8 from the London College of Music. In January 2019 Nickie’s plans were to bring PLAY! Drama Clubs to Christchurch and Rolleston. Since then, Nickie has joined to work collaboratively with three creative networks in Rolleston: Selwyn Singing Stars, Aurora Dance Studio and CentreStage Rolleston. Since performing with CentreStage Rolleston in Beauty and the Beast 2019, Nickie has since joined the theatre committee where she intends to direct the youth productions in Selwyn – which acts as a great continuation after her students finish her courses at age 13. 

- 2013 – 2016 Royal Holloway University of London First Class Honours degree, Drama and Theatre Studies

- London College of Music Grade 8 Distinction in Musical Theatre

- First Aid trained (May 2021)

- CentreStage Rolleston Executive Committee 2020-2021


Abigail Prusas

Abi has been dancing for 13 years (Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Contemporary) she has sat many exams in almost all genres with great success. Abi has a strong interest in Musical theatre and has performed in many shows in the last few years, she has also had success in local dance competitions in troups, duos/trios and as an individual. 

- International Dance teachers Association Ballet (Preparatory - Grade 5) Musical Theatre (Stage 1 - Stage 5, bronze, silver and gold medals)

- Royal Academy of Dance Grade 6, Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Foundation

- Asia Pacific Dance Association Contemporary level 7 

-  Experience in performing, Sebastian in Kirwee Players Production of The Little Mermaid 2017, Miss Hannigan in Kirwee Players production of Annie 2018, Fairy (Iredessa) in Centre Stage Rollestons production of Peter Pan 2019

Laura Walker

Pivot Dance Fitness

Laura has been dancing since the age of 8, beginning in jazz and eventually branching out into all styles including ballet, contemporary, hiphop and musical theatre. At the age of 16 she began training as a junior tutor, and ever since she has loved being a part of her students’ dance journeys. She has trained in and taught many different syllabi including BBO, NZAMD, RAD, ATOD and APDA.


In 2014 she moved to Sydney to train full-time at Ettingshausens Pro, where she learned from leading industry professionals in all styles of dance and earned her Certificate IV in Dance. Since then she has worked professionally overseas in touring show teams in Greece and Cyprus, the highlight of which was being appointed dance captain for Top Dog Entertainment in Paphos. She has also performed in many local shows with CentreStage Rolleston, Kirwee Players and Showbiz Christchurch. Most recently she was a showgirl in the ‘Diamond Dream’ show in China. 


Since returning to Christchurch in early 2020, Laura has rediscovered her love for teaching students of all ages and sharing her professional experience with the next generation of dancers.