Teachers/Staff

Louise ten Hove

Studio Owner/Principal Teacher

Miss Louise is our fearless leader and the heart and soul of DFX. Louise started dancing at 7 years old when Dance Effects was run in the Maeora hall. She became a teacher at the school with her own classes by the time she was 16. Louise received the highest Jazz exam mark in New Zealand in 1994. Louise has sat and passed numerous exams in the AJDA jazz and tap syllabi, also the BBDS hip hop syllabi. In her final year at high school at just 18 Louise was given the opportunity to purchase the school and continued to run it at Maeroa till 2009 when the school moved to its current location here in Te Rapa. Louise has been teaching for over 17 years, putting hundreds of dancers through jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop and contemporary exams, with a number of dancers receiving top marks in the country. Louise has been involved with a number of shows and has done choreography for Stage Challenge and High School productions. While running and growing DFX Louise married Luke and they now have two young children, Millie and Ashton. She is absolutely passionate about everything dance related and is constantly coming up with new ideas to encourage and inspire those around her to be the best they can be. 

    Victoria Dobbs

    Ballet Teacher

    Miss Victoria is our ballet mistress teaching both junior and senior levels of ballet. Victoria started dancing with Dance Effects when she was 5yrs old and started teaching at 16. As well as ballet Victoria has also taught jazz and tap and throughout her dance life. Victoria has sat and passed numerous exams in AJDA Jazz and Tap, BAL Ballet, BBO Ballet and NZAMD Contemporary dance. She has also competed at dance competitions across New Zealand. With her years of experience Miss Victoria’s students achieve to a very high standard under her tuition and she is well liked and respected by all. As well as her dance teaching Miss Victoria has a day job and is married to Steve and together they have 4 children, Tyla, Reese, Charlie and Riley. 

      Colette Arnold

      Ballet and Contemporary Teacher

      Miss Colette has been dancing since she was 4 years old and has been teaching at DFX for 5 years. Colette has sat and passed numerous dance exams with the BAL syllabi and NZAMD syllabi receiving the Jazz advanced distinction scholarship. Colette is a graduate of UNITEC’s Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts where she majored in Contemporary Dance and is a fully registered secondary school dance teacher. Colette is a founding member of the award winning company Backlit Productions, an Auckland based contemporary dance group. Colette has performed and choreographed full works with the company for festivals such as: Wellington and Auckland Fringe festivals, Tempo festival and Splore. She has also been involved in various commercial and corporate gigs including: Rhythm and Vines, The Vodafone Music Awards, Dance Documentaries and Music Videos. Colette is also Mum of 3 children.

        Toni Kelly

        Jazz Teacher, Contemporary Teacher, Hip hop Teacher

        Miss Toni started dancing at the age of 5 in Hawkes Bay and joined DFX when she moved back to Hamilton at 14. Another talented and dedicated dancer Toni was teaching her own jazz classes at 16. Toni currently teaches Preschool classes, Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary. Toni has passed many jazz, hip hop and contemporary exams with excellent results. In 2014 Toni gained a Diploma in Musical Theatre after completing a full-time dance course at Urban Dance Centre in Sydney and fortunately for us came back to continue teaching at DFX. Students in Miss Toni’s classes consistently achieve top results in their exams. Toni has also choreographed several fabulous routines for solo, duo and troupe competition dancers here at DFX. She is a member of the highly successful DFX senior hip hop crew “Resistance”. Dance is life for Toni and it shows in everything she does at DFX. 

          Samantha Rush

          Jazz & Hip Hop Teacher

          Miss Samantha started dancing with DFX when she was 11 yrs old. Her passion, talent and hard work as a dancer paid off and she became an assistant teacher at 14 and had her own hip hop classes at 15. Currently Samantha teaches hip hop and jazz classes from juniors through to senior levels. Samantha always produces fantastic creative choreography and is passionate about sharing the results with the world. Many of Miss Samantha’s students have achieved top marks in their exams with some of them being the top marks at their respective levels across the country. She herself has passed exams in Hip hop and Jazz with impressive results including the top hip hop mark in NZ for Intermediate 1 Hip Hop in the BBDS Syllabus. Samantha has choreographed many performances for our competition dancers and is also the choreographer and a member of the very talented senior DFX hip hop crew "Resistance" who have won multiple dance competitions! It is obvious Samantha lives and breathes dance.Samantha started dancing at 11 years old with Hip Hop.

            Jacqueline Korebrits

            Office Manager

            Jacqueline is our office manager, she is an absolute rock star when it comes to anything related to admin, invoices, enrolments, queries - this lady knows it all. She has been part of the DFX team for almost three years. Jacqueline is the only team member who doesn't have a dance background but with over 25yrs experience in admin/accounting is in the right role. She is married to Martin and together they have raised 2 daughters and 2 sons aged from 18-24yrs. Jacqueline loves being a part of DFX and thoroughly enjoys knowing so many amazing families and wonderful dancers and sharing in your dance journey. Never hesitate to contact her she is here to help the dance journey seem less daunting and to help everyone through all of the different components of the dance year.

              Paige McCollum

              Hip Hop Teacher, Assistant Jazz Teacher

              Miss Paige began dancing at DFX when she was 4yrs old. She started assistant teaching when she was 15 and this year at 16 is teaching one of our junior hip hop class. Paige has danced Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Contemporary throughout the time she has been a student at DFX and as well as teaching and assisting this year is also a student in our senior Jazz, Contemporary and Hip hop classes. Paige is a competition squad member and performs in solo events as well as part of our senior Hip Hop Crew “Resistance”. Paige has been creating and teaching great choreography for other squad members, both solos and duos. She has always achieved highly in exams over the years and has also been awarded scholarships at both the Phoenix Dance Workshop and the Jazz Congress workshop. Paige is a Year 12 student at Sacred Heart Girls College and would love to pursue a career that involves dance in the future.

                Nicole Atutahi

                Hip Hop Teacher, Assistant Jazz Teacher

                Miss Nicole started dancing at the age of 6 with DFX. She became an assistant teacher at the end of 2015 when she was 17 and was teaching her classes at 18. This year Miss Nicole is teaching 2 hip hop exam classes and 3 open hip hop classes and is producing some creative and interesting choreography which her students are enjoying learning. Miss Nicole loves all types of dance and has studied Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary but her favourite is Hip hop which she has been learning since she was 8. She has sat many exams and gained very high marks throughout her dancing life. Nicole is another member of the amazing “Resistance” senior hip hop crew. Nicole was a dance prefect at Hamilton Girls High school where she enjoyed sharing her dance experience and many creative ideas for choreography as well as her love of dance. She is now in her 3rd year of study at Waikato University and is working towards a bachelor of social sciences double degree majoring in Psychology and Sport, health and performance.

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