Staff – Takanini

Sarala Prideaux


Sarala Prideaux has been dancing and teaching for over 20 years. She has multiple teaching qualifications and graduated with a Bachelor of Dance in 2009. She took over Great South Dance Academy in 2012 and thoroughly loves being a part of the studio.

Miss B

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary

Miss B started dancing at the age of 3. She has studied all styles and focused particularly on jazz and ballet. She has achieved her advanced examinations in ballet and jazz and achieved her Bachelor of Dance in 2010.

Since then she has been dancing and performing both in NZ and Canada.

“I believe dancing is a great way to learn how to be a part of a group and work with others as well as to gain self-discipline, fitness, peace, enjoyment and confidence through expressing oneself either in private or publicly on a stage.”

Meet Miss B (video)

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)

Miss Duffell

Ballet, Contemporary

Amy has been dancing since the age of 4. She has studied both ballet and contemporary to advanced levels and has worked through the Associate teachers programme here at GSDA.

Meet Miss Duffell (video)

Miss Sarah

Jazz, Ballet, Competition

Sarah grew up in California where she recieved training in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop from the age of 3. She was represented by a top agency in Los Angeles for 10 years and has appeared in many television shows, movies and commercials as well as performed with professional sports teams and for multiple Disney parks.

Sarah has been an instructor and choreographer for many years and has won numerous choreography awards across the U.S.  She was a national judge for multiple competitions and spent the majority of her time traveling across the States for dance.  Sarah is a Corrective Exercise Specialist, Youth Exercise Specialist and is finishing her studies to become a Dance Kinesiology Specialist.

Miss Eden

Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary

Eden has been dancing since she was a little girl. Her love of dance grew as she studied jazz, ballet and contemporary. Eden has gained her advanced examinations and is loving teaching with Great South Dance Academy once again.

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)