Hi I am Kirsten Robinson I was born in beautiful Taupo and have lived here all my life. I gave myself a goal at the start of this year to challenge myself in anything that throws me out of my comfort zone to help me grow as a person and I thought being a part of this event would really top that off and I hope to inspire people like me to do the same! I grew up with Harold the Giraffe and Life Education for kids so to give back to this organisation means a lot to me as well. I have no previous dancing experience apart from making up dances with my cousin in the living room when we were younger so I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to learn a new skill of dance and have some fun.
Hey, I'm Scott! What can I tell you about myself? Good Question! I'm 21, Born in New Plymouth but moved around NZ a bit till settling in Taupo late 2017 after HighSchool! Currently getting my qualifications in building but as a backup because I would like to go into Nursing! My Hobbies/Interests are: Hunting,Fishing, Gaming, Hanging with friends, Photography and playing on my guitar! I entered into Dancing For Life Education because I like to dance whether I'm at home, at the club or just whenever good beats are playing. The main two reasons I auditioned was because my friend wanted a dance partner but I also thought this would be a fun and cool experience!
Teachers: Julian & Connie
Julian Bishop started partner dancing at age 11. He is experienced in Latin and Argentine Tango among other forms of partner dancing. Julian has a real passion for teaching others. Today here in Taupo he runs classes in Basestep Modern Jive, Rock and Roll, and coaches couples for their Wedding Dance. Additionally, he conducts private classes and coaches performance teams as they prepare for upcoming events and public performances. He is excited to, once again, be coaching couples for the Dancing for Life Ed, in what should be an absolutely fantastic event.
Connie Takarangi started dancing from a young age, it was in her blood. At the age of five it was Ballet for a few years, then as a young adult she discovered Ballroom and Latin and never looked back. A whole new world opened up and with a passion for Latin she competed around New Zealand in Amateur comps, also gaining a Gold Star Latin grade in exams. The stage and the dance floor being her happy place, involved in shows, choreography, and demo dances. She spent time living in London, but still always found time to dance. Returning to Aotearoa Connie found other genres of dance: Belly dancing, Salsa, and more recently Rock n Roll and Basestep, joining Julian Bishop's Basestep Taupo dance studio about two years ago.