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Take a look at what some of our parents have to say about their time and experience with us…


I have had four children go through Evolve and I cannot recommend this school enough. I chose Evolve for the family atmosphere and the small class sizes that are not available at other dance schools in Palmerston North. My children received personal attention which founded in them a lifelong passion for dance and aided in consistent high achievement in their yearly examinations. 

I have particularly enjoyed helping in their yearly productions which are always a community effort. Working with the other parents on costumes and props has led to me personally building close relationships within the school. 

The qualifications and experience of the teachers at Evolve is also proven in the quality of the teaching and the atmosphere of the school. My children all enjoyed their Evolve experience, and I felt secure in the knowledge that they were being tutored by fully qualified staff.

I truly cannot recommend Evolve enough, and I look forward to welcoming new children and parents into our Evolve family!


My daughter has danced with Evolve for the last 12 years. When we moved to the Manawatu and visited a few different dance schools Evolve was the only dance school she was prepared to join in with at age 4. She started learning ballet but over the years has branched out into tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. She completes exams successfully and loves being a part of the mid year showcase and end of year productions. She has made some firm friendships at Evolve outside of her usual school friends.

My youngest son also joined hip hop when he was 6 and loved dancing with Evolve as well, there was always a ‘boy’ part in dances so it was cool.

I recommend Evolve as a dance school with a difference. Every child has the opportunity to shine even when they are not going to be the next famous dancer. Students develop great friendships, learn self-discipline, respect and have lots of fun while doing it.


It has been my pleasure to know Ashleigh since she was 7. In that time I have watched her love of dance grow in to a passion for sharing the joy she has for dance. She is a patient, calm and a natural teacher who welcomes students of any age in to her dance school. I myself attend the adult tap class which is a great workout for the brain and feet, and a time to make new friends. Not only is Ashleigh a great teacher but she is a savvy business woman who began Evolve Performing Arts Centre just 5 years ago. She is punctual and organised and cares for all the families involved with Evolve. The popularity of her classes speaks volumes for this young ladies bubbly nature and enthusiasm for dance.


My daughter has been part of the Evolve Dance School Family for over 5 years now, and she absolutely loves it! From those first few steps in beginner classes, it’s a pleasure to watch her confidence grow along  with her ever increasing knowledge and technique. A wonderfully warm and inviting atmosphere (no dance moms here…phew), has allowed Jamie’s passion for dance to thrive. Evolve has a fantastic teaching team, with Miss Hoera at the helm and I can’t sing her praises highly enough. Ashleigh’s enthusiasm, brilliant choreographic mind along with her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm is infectious – she is truly an inspiration to all her students.


Evolve Performing Arts Centre has been part of my children’s lives for the past 10+years.  Dance is a fantastic art form that is both physically and mentally challenging. My daughter and son have developed their resilience, patience and determination to work hard.

Ashleigh encourages all to participate in the classroom, be part of the process. I see the kids excited to go to class they wonder what she has install for them. This is something truly special of Ashleigh’s ability as a teacher to include all and get the best out of each child. 

EPAC is not just a dance school.  It is a nurturing environment that your child can learn to freely express themselves.   The friendships the kids have with their peers is something they will treasure right throughout their childhood and keep safe into adulthood.

I would highly recommend coming along to this dance school. 


We have been part of the Evolve family for the past 4 years.  Joining Evolve and giving our daughter an opportunity to find something she loves with a huge passion has been an awesome experience.  Under the expertise of Miss Hoera our daughter has developed an amazing confidence to perform in front of large groups of people and tackle new challenges (not just in dancing) head on.  Miss Hoera provides a welcoming, fun, hard-working, safe and professional environment for all of her students to reach their full potential. Seeing my daughter thrive and develop as a dancer has been amazing.



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