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Providing world class training in classical and contemporary dance

Welcome to Kapiti Dance Centre

Kapiti Dance Centre provides exceptional tuition.  Students learning is directed by fully qualified teachers with a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion for dance, teaching and their students.

Students are motivated and inspired to participate fully.  Exams, awards and performance are offered in all styles but are by no means compulsory.  Class sizes are limited to ensure high level personalised tuition.  All students have the opportunity to perform on stage in the annual concert.

Kapiti Dance Centre encompasses students that strive for and achieve excellence, those that simply dance for enjoyment, and those who require the physical or mental development on offer. Kapiti Dance Centre is located near Coastlands at 31 Ihakara Street in Paraparaumu.

The Centre now has the added advantage of housing Z Health Studios – where Zuri Brudenell offers Yoga, Pilates and related classes in our complex.

Physical Address:

Kapiti Dance Centre
31 Ihakara Street
New Zealand

Postal Address:

Kapiti Dance Centre
124 Seaview Road
Paraparaumu Beach 5032
New Zealand


Alison Pond – ARAD Principal

Alison holds top qualifications including the Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Teaching Diploma and is also an examiner and tutor for the Royal Academy of Dance.  Alison is a Registered Teacher of the RAD and an NZAMD Teaching member and has over 35 years experience teaching on the Kapiti Coast.  She teaches Classical Ballet, Jazz, Stretch & Strength and is also available for private coaching and choreography.


Sally Stopforth

Sally began dancing with Southern Ballet in Christchurch and went on to train at the NZ School of Dance before she began to freelance as a dancer and choreographer in NZ and Australia.   Throughout the 1990’s Sally produced, danced and choreographed for Isadora’s Tribe.   She has also taught and choreographed for NZ School of Dance, Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Footnote Dance Company and Wellington Performing Arts Centre.  Sally moved to the Kapiti Coast in the late 1990’s and has taught and choreographed locally for the past 18 years.  Sally teaches Contemporary and Jazz styles.


Sarsha Forbes ARAD

Sarsha trained with Alison Pond Dance Academy until she took up a scholarship at La Salle College of the Arts in Singapore.   Since returning to NZ Sarsha has taught and choreographed many dance styles – she has also performed and choreographed in many musicals, including Les Miserables, JC Superstar, King & I and Chicago.  Sarsha teaches Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and also Stretch & Strength.


Genevieve Zerf

Genevieve studied ballet at the University of Cape Town ballet school and trained in both RAD and Cecchetti ballet taking her final associates and teaching exams under Joy Cooper.

Genevieve is a qualified Cecchetti ballet teacher, with teaching experience in both ballet and jazz for children and adults. She taught children from age 18 months right through to adults at her own studio in Pretoria and loves working with and teaching children.   She is a member of DASA (the South African equivalent of the NZAMD), a qualified Jazz Ed teacher and a certified Pilates instructor.  Her studio was awarded DASA Gold Status in 2015 for excellence in dance teaching.

Genevieve has also a Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) and has performed professionally as a commercial dancer and in children’s theatre.