Teaching Staff

 

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PAULA DOYLE-HUNKIN
TCRG, ADCRG
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LEEANN DOYLE-LOFTUS
TCRG
 
 
 

Leeann and Paula started dancing at the ages of 9 and 6 with Norah Walsh in Manurewa in 1986, later moving to dance with Shealagh Hallissey and finishing their competitive careers with Hilary O'Sullivan. During their competitive years they were also lucky enough to have been taught by Brendan Tiernan, Phyllis Cronin, Margaret O'Brien, Colin Dunne and Terry Gillan.

Their parents John and Pat immigrated from Dublin in 1970's, both with a long and continuing history of Irish Dancing in their families.

Leeann qualified for the Worlds several times and was part of many National Champion teams.

Paula won the NZ Championships 3 times and placed in the top 5 several times in Australia. In 1998 Paula recalled and placed 26th at the World Championships, after winning the 1997 Rodney Walshe Travel Scholarship.  

Leeann opened the Academy in 1998 in the South Auckland suburbs of Alfriston and Hill Park running classes once a week, travelling to Toronto to sit and attain the TCRG exam in 2001. Paula began teaching with Leeann in 2002, attained her TCRG exam at the end of that year and her ADCRG in 2010. 

Paula has a Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science and a post graduate diploma in Secondary Education (specialising in Physical Education, Health and Dance.)

Leeann and Paula opened the studio in East Tamaki in 2012 with classes running 6 days a week.

Always striving to improve, Leeann and Paula have worked with teachers from the around the world to bring the latest techinques and material to their dancers.  This includes Christine Ayres from Australia, Liam Harney from Boston and Nially Holly from Dublin.

Leeann and Paula pride themselves on providing an organised structure of classes with patience, individualised chorography and a focus on bringing the best out in each student.