Meaghan Rowe - director
Meaghan Rowe | ARAD RTS | PgDip DEVE
Meaghan is a qualified teacher and dancer from Wellington, New Zealand, specialising in classical ballet, contemporary dance and body conditioning. She returned to New Zealand in 2014 from Europe and is excited to join the Auckland dance community. With a focus on inclusivity, creativity, strength, and musicality, Meaghan’s classes provide a healthy challenge for children, youths and adults seeking exercise through the art of dance.
Meaghan is a Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher and has entered students of all levels into their RAD ballet exams. She also teaches Contemporary dance and body conditioning, and loves choreographing pieces for dancers of all ages.
The Rowe Dance studios have a philosophy of bringing ballet and dance into the future by teaching innovative classes, based on classical dance foundations but with a modern approach to learning and interaction.
The studios were also lucky enough to be chosen to provide the Royal New Zealand Ballet company with child and adult extras for all performances that required them in 2016.
Meaghan trained as a youth under Paula Hunt (RAD Artistic Director) at the Wellington Dance Academy, completing her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Two exam with Distinction in 2001. She also partook in the New Zealand School of Dance Associate Programme, and won the Footnote Dance Choreolab Scholarship in 2002.
Her professional teaching career began as a teenager, teacher assisting with Paula Hunt. She trained for her teaching certificate in Dunedin with Robyn Sinclair at the Dunedin School of Ballet and Dance while working as a teacher of the senior classical students. Her teaching qualification was completed in 2009.
Following this Meaghan moved to Münster, Germany, where she worked at the Dance Academy Claudine Merkel. Claudine mentored Meaghan in ballet teaching with a focus on Russian style, as she herself was taught by Ballet Russes dancer Nana Golner. Meaghan also spent her free time in Germany training with the professional Münster Dance Theatre.
Meaghan teaches at the beautiful Wellesley Studios in central Auckland and several locations in Northcote and Birkenhead, while also teaching part time for the tertiary dance programme at Unitec.
Bachelor of Contemporary Dance (Unitec)
Bella trained at the Auckland Academy of Dance, where she completed exams in the RAD Ballet, JDNZ Jazz and NZAMD Contemporary syllabuses to the highest levels. In 2011, after achieving Distinction in her Level 6 exam, she won 1st place at the NZAMD Contemporary Scholarship Awards. In the same year, she was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance as a contemporary major, and graduated with a Certificate in Dance Performance in 2013. From 2015-16 Bella completed her dance training at Unitec, and graduated with BPSA in Contemporary Dance. Bella received the Senior Scholar award at her graduation ceremony, in recognition of achieving an overall A grade average for her degree. As a tertiary student, she was fortunate to work with some of New Zealand and Australia’s renowned choreographers, including Malia Johnston, Claire O’Neil, Michael Parmenter, Okareka Dance Company, Antony Hamilton, Lina Limosani and Richard Cilli (Sydney Dance Company). Bella now works as an independent professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She has performed with Footnote New Zealand Dance (Alexa Wilson’s ‘The Dark Light’), Flo Wilson (Newtown Festival, Eeeeow Festival), Black Sheep Productions (Old Tricks New Dogs), and Tempo Dance Festival (FRESH), and choreographed LET/HOLD/RUN for Dycypher Productions’ season of Four Leaps//One Point. Bella is a member of Dance Plant Collective (The Cost of Arms and Legs, Desire Line(s)) who are the current artists in residence at Studio One Toi Tu in Ponsonby. Bella is a strong advocate for positivity and safe dance practices, and loves helping others find freedom and connection through movement. She has taught contemporary, ballet, conditioning and choreography classes at many schools across Auckland over the past few years, and is looking forward to becoming part of the Rowe Dance team this year..
Junior School Ballet
I started ballet at age 3 then at age 7 I started modern jazz. I attended Mount Eden ballet academy (MEBA) from age 9. During my time at MEBA I did classical ballet up to Advanced Foundation, Contemporary and Modern Jazz and competed in group and solo competitions. During my later years at MEBA age 17 I assisted teaching Pre-school, Pre-Primary and Primary classes.
I throughly enjoy teaching the younger grades as I love the enthusiasm and energy students of this age group bring to every class and to watch them progress over the year. I think the most important thing about ballet class is all kids leave with a smile and look forward to next weeks lesson as much as I do!!