Staff – Pt Chevalier

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 [email protected]


Miss Tiara

Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary

Tiara has been dancing since the age of 5. She joined Great South Dance Academy at the age of 12 and carried on to complete her Advanced 1 RAD ballet exam and also was a member of the Contemporary troupe whilst at the studio. She has since graduated from Unitec with a Bachelor in Contemporary dance and Performing in Screen Arts.  She is a qualified NZAMD dance teacher.  Her passion for dance inspires her desire to teach the future generations, and we are excited to have her as part of the teaching team here at GSDA.

Meet Miss Tiara (video)

Mrs Coombridge


Annaliese began dance lessons at age 4, but according to her parents, Annaliese was dancing as soon as she could walk. Annaliese has always had a passion for helping other people to realise their full potential in the area of dance. In 2017 Annaliese completed her CBTS qualification, giving her Registered Teacher Status with the RAD. She has previously taught ballet on the Hibiscus Coast in North Auckland and currently loves teaching under the GSDA banner at both West and South studios. GSDA is a school of diligence and achievement that also values having fun and building self-esteem, values which echo her own as a dance teacher, making GSDA the perfect fit.

Meet Mrs. Coombridge (video)

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 [email protected] if you have any queries.

Meet Jo (video)

Susan Lowen

Studio Receptionist

Susan has been with GSDA for many years now as her daughter has danced her way through the school. She is currently our wonderful receptionist during the week in Takanini and on Saturdays in Pt Chevalier.