Manawatu’s Leading Dance School

A place to Engage

A place to Ignite passion

A place to become Inspired

A place to EVOLVE

Who are we

Evolve Performing Arts Centre (EPAC) is a performing arts centre based in Palmerston North and Dannevirke and is a collaboration between Amy Macdonald-Te Huki and Ashleigh Hoera who have 25 years of teaching experience between the two of them.  As a Performing Arts Centre we are able to provide pupils with far more than just basic dance training. Evolve is able to prepare students for full time training within New Zealand and abroad and in the future we hope to expand our staff to include music and voice specialists.

Dance is such a great way to express yourself and have fun while developing strong discipline and commitment skills. Whether dance is a hobby or a career goal Evolve has a place for everyone.


I’m Ashleigh

Hi I’m Ashleigh, my students call me Miss Hoera. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old across all dance disciplines and now it is my passion to pass on my experience and knowledge to the next generation.  Read More …..



I’m Amy

Hi I’m Amy Macdonald-Te Huki

RAD RTS (Dist.); AISTD; ISTD Associate Diploma; NZAMD SPD(Hip Hop, Jazz); TC NZAMD

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I’m Lisa

Hi I’m Lisa Higginson

I studied Speech and Drama through the Trinity College of London for 7 years while at school in Hawke’s Bay. I am now teaching a speech & drama programme for Evolve in Dannevirke.   Read More …


I’m Lillee

Hi I’m Lilliee Shallier

I have been dancing with Evolve for the last 7 years. I am currently studying NZAMD level 6 hip hop. I have passed my level 3,4 and 5 Hip Hop examinations  Read More …..

What We Offer


Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Read More …….


Ballet is a style dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread ………Read More…..


Jazz dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance.  Read More …….

Hip Hop

Hip hop culture (or hip-hop) is a cultural movement that formed during the late 1960s among African American youths residing in the South Bronx in New York City.  Read More …….


Contemporary dance is a  genre that developed during the mid twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. Read More …….

Our End of Year Production

Speirs Centre


263 Featherston Street, Palmerston North 

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Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December 2019

Saturday Show Times:  2pm & 6pm

Sunday Show Time: 2pm

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Genre of Interest


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Hours of Operation

Mon – Fri: 3.30pm – 9.30pm

​​Saturday: 9am – 4pm

Location of Studios

200 Church Street, Palmerston North

136 High Street, Dannevirke