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!’

Anastasia Perry

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

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

Selene Patterson   

Selene started dancing at at the 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. Selene's latest achievement is gaining her Bachelor of Education degree.

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.

Emily Lawrence

Emily started dancing at the age of 4. Through the years she has trained in ballet and jazz - passing both at advanced levels. Emily gained her jazz solo diploma, an amazing achievement and something she is very proud of. Emily also performed in competitions from the age of 7. Emily is now a full time Florist but when she’s not working with flowers she loves to share her passion 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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Anastasia Perry

Anika Bailey

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Emily Lawrence