Commercial Dance Lead Tutor
Liesl Eksteen, a past graduate from Whitireia completing her Bachelor of Applied Arts in 2014. Having trained in dance all her life, Liesl succeeded as a professional company dancer using her talents to travel the world choreographing and performing in numerous television shows, corporate floorshows, music videos and musicals. Living in London for two years, Liesl was able to expand her opportunities by teaching and performing in the UK. She was then given the opportunity to move to India for a six-month Bollywood dance contract working with world class choreographers in Bollywood movies, music videos and VIP events.
Liesl is now enjoying passing her knowledge on to others. As the Lead tutor of Commercial Dance at Te Auaha, she tutors, mentors, works administrations and is involved in networking the students into the industry during their studies.
Anne Anderson, ex principal of the Royal New Zealand Ballet company, toured extensively in New Zealand and overseas, including Europe, China, America and England. Her favourite roles were mainly the classics - Juliet, Odette/Odile, Giselle, Cinderella and Ophelia to name a few. She now enjoys tutoring both straight classical and neo classical dance. A new challenge in 2012 saw her choreographing for a children’s show at Capital E.
Retired from performing, she passes her knowledge on to others. As programme coordinator of Commercial Dance at Whitireia, she tutors, works administration and is involved in facilitating performances by students in the corporate sector.
Vivencio (Jun) trained in Manila, Philippines and danced professionally with the Philippine Ballet Theatre. He joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and performed with them in New Zealand and internationally for twenty years as a soloist and principal. Some of his favourite classical roles were both Romeo and Tybalt from Romeo and Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle and the Prince in The Nutcracker and Cinderella. Contemporary roles include the Father from Michael Parmenter's Les Noces, Jiri Kylian's Soldatenmis and the Figure of Death in Rudi Van Dantzig's Four Last Songs among others.
He received his Associate and Licentiate degrees with distinction under the International Dance Teachers' Association. He is also a Mutually Recognised Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. He has taught adjudicated classes at the Alana Haines Australasian Awards and was an artistic judge at The Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award 2015. He has been teaching since 2009 passing on his knowledge on the Commercial Dance programme.