Staff – Papakura

Sarala Niven


Sarala Niven has been dancing and teaching for over 25 years. She studied Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary to high levels and has performed in musicals since she was a young child. She has multiple teaching qualifications in Ballet, Jazz and graduated with a Bachelor of Dance in 2009.

Sarala established Great South Dance Academy in 2012 and thoroughly enjoys growing and developing the studio. She can be contacted at

Miss Gilmore

Miss Gilmore has been dancing and teaching for over 12 years. She has studied ballet, contemporary and jazz to advanced levels and completed her Advanced 1 RAD ballet exam. She has studied with the Royal Academy of Dance and has graduated her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies.

Jo Gilmore

Studio Manager

Jo has been part of the Admin team since the start of 2017. Prior to this she had been running her own business and helping out at the studio with DIY, props etc. She was then offered a fixed role at the studio where she is a real asset to the team and a huge help to us all.

She can be contacted at if you have any queries.

Meet Jo (video)