About us ...

Alison Patterson (IDTA Licentiate Ballet, Associate Freestyle, Licentiate Modern. Registered IDTA and NZAMD dance teacher)

Alison has always had a deep love of dance. She began lessons at the age of 9, learning ballet, jazz, and tap and competed at local competitions. She has performed in many local theatre productions as both a dancer and a choreographer. ‘Alison’s Studio of Dance’ was established in New Plymouth in 1992. Alison has successfully passed her IDTA (International Dance Teachers’ Association) teaching exams in ballet, freestyle and modern,  as well as her NZAMD (New Zealand Association of Modern Dance) in jazz. Her latest professional achievement is an appointment as an IDTA New Zealand examiner.

Alison believes that, ‘dance is for everyone, from little ones to adults – so let’s get dancing!’


Mandy Hurring

Mandy began dancing at the age of 4 with Alison Pond Dance Academy in Paraparaumu. She studied RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) through to Advanced levels in both ballet and jazz and competed at dance competitions throughout the lower North Island. She returned to ballet as an adult student with Alison’s Studio of Dance in 2010. Shortly after, she began teaching private lessons for students doing competition work. ‘It is such a pleasure to pass on my knowledge and love of dancing to the next generation as well as enjoying ballet classes as an adult student, one of the highlights of my week.’

Kate Sole

Kate started dancing at age 7, taking Ballet and Jazz at Alison’s Studio of Dance. She continued her training through to advanced levels, teaching and assisting at the studio until leaving New Plymouth to study Physiotherapy. Over the last 10 years Kate has enjoyed working with movement and the body as a physio. She continues to have a strong passion for dance and while living overseas practised in a variety of dance classes. Kate became a qualified yoga teacher after she completed her 200hour yoga training at the end of 2018 prior to returning to New Plymouth. She is excited to pass on her love of movement and dance.

Selene Patterson

Selene started dancing at athe age of 3. She has trained in ballet, jazz and tap - gaining Advanced 2 Ballet and  Advanced 2 Jazz. She has assisted with classes at the studio since the age of 12 and performed in dancing competitions from age 5. Selene has recently returned from university where she gained her Bachelor of Arts Classical Studies with First Class Honours. She was also awarded Victoria's University's highest honour - Medal for Academic Excellence.

Anastasia Perry

Anastasia is currently working towards achieving her IDTA ballet teaching qualifications. She started dancing at Alison's studio at the age of 5 - achieving all her IDTA ballet grade exams and medals. She is thoroughly enjoying teaching our pre school movement classes and younger ballet grades.

Anastasia is also our contemporary dance teacher having studied this genre as well. 'I am grateful to have the opportunity to pass on my love and knowledge of dance.'       

Anika Bailey

Anika has been dancing with Alison for 15 wonderful years. Over the years she has studied ballet, jazz and contemporary - passing her Adv 2 IDTA ballet exam with high marks. She has also competed in several dance competitions and workshops from 8-15 years of age earning many awards and gaining a greater knowledge of the dance community. One of her amazing achievements was being awarded the top scholarship at Phoenix Dance Workshop in 2018.

Anika teaches our hip hop classes ranging from beginner to advanced levels and is enjoying every minute of passing on her knowledge and love of dance.

Student Trainee Teachers

Several of our wonderful Trainee Student Teachers assist with or tutor some of our younger classes - passing on their love of dance as well as being inspiring role models for our students.

All of the teachers at Alison’s Studio of Dance have a passion for dance and love to pass on that passion. We focus on teaching good technique and the joy of dance, building self-esteem and confidence along with hard work, co-operation, patience and focus in a creative and rewarding environment.


We have two beautiful studios equipped with full-length mirrors and barres, as well as an excellent waiting room and changing area for the students

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