Our Dance Genre


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. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance movement and it is widely performed in musical theatre. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition. Evolve offers two different styles of Tap, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) which is a british based style and similar to Broadway Tap and the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance (NZAMD) American Tap which was also developed by Mr Keith Clifton and is a Rhythm tap style . Evolve Students are often nominated to go to the New Zealand National Dance Awards held annually by the NZAMD for this genre and have either gained a spot in the finals or achieved placings on many occasions.


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, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres. Ballet requires years of training to learn and master, and much practice to retain proficiency. Evolve is very lucky to have Miss Amy Macdonald-Te Huki teaching Ballet as she has 22 years of Ballet teaching experience and is a highly trained Royal Academy of Dance registered teacher. Evolve is also very proud to have four former pupils overseas training at full time classical schools and pursuing promising careers in Classical Ballet.


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. Jazz dance was an integral part of jazz until the end of the swing era in the late 1940s.  In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance — modern jazz dance — emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins. Jazz was a big hit in the early ’50s and it is still a well-loved style of dance all over the world.

At Evolve we teach the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance Jazz syllabus created by Keith Clifton. This syllabus taught correctly can give pupils the skills to pursue a career in dance both in New Zealand and abroad.

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. Hip Hop is a style of dance but also a music genre and as the Hip Hop music Evolves so does the dancing. At Evolve we teach Hip Hop though the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance.  This hip hop syllabus was created by New Zealand’s own Gandalf Archer. Miss Ashleigh Hoera teaches our hip hop classes and holds her Solo Performance Diploma in Hip Hop as well as Tap, Contemporary and Jazz. Ashleigh also danced full time at a Performing Arts Centre in Melbourne Australia for a year and during her time there was recruited to dance in some of Melbourne’s top Hip Hop crews.  She was also lucky enough to have been trained by some of the industries top Hip Hop tutors. Ashleigh is very excited to be back in New Zealand sharing her skills and expertise with her pupils.


Contemporary dance is a dance performance 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. Although originally developed by borrowing from classical and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance. Due to its technical similarities, it is often perceived to be closely related to jazz dance, ballet and other classical concert dance styles. Contemporary dance tends to utilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and jazz dance’s stress on the torso, and also employs contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and the improvisation characteristics of jazz dance. Evolve teaches a Contemporary syllabus that was developed by Anne Dewy for the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance.  Since introducing our contemporary classes almost a decade ago our students are still loving every class and tell us that they enjoy the feeling of freedom they get while dancing this unique style.

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