Renee Marshall & Andrew Blewett

West Coast Swing

Renee Marshall & Andrew Blewett Photos courtesy of Andy Taylor

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Renee Marshall

Hey I’m Renee! I’m 22 years old and I’ve been in Taupo for 2 and a half years. I’ve chosen to be a dancer in Dancing for Life Education in Partnership with Tall Poppy Real Estate because it’s definitely something outside of my comfort zone and I’ve always wanted to give dancing a go. I’m a hairdresser at the amazing Cremebrulee Hair & Beauty but in my spare time you can always catch me out on the lake.

Andrew Blewett

My name is Andrew and I have 4 wonderful children aged 3, 7, 10 and 12 and a beautiful fiancé. I have always had a passion for watersports and boats so I am proud to work at Trev Terry Marine. Their focus is on excellence so I hope to make them proud!

When I first was approached about this opportunity I was apprehensive and I admit quite nervous. I was reminded that I have always taught my children that they can do anything they put their mind to and sometimes it's good to step out of your comfort zone.

I’ve taken on this challenge to show my children that with practice, commitment and dedication, anything is possible. Face your fears and overcome them.

I look forward to learning a new skill and meeting new people along this journey. With the support of my family, friends and workmates I know I can do this.

Life Education Trust is a fantastic cause and I’m thankful for this opportunity.


  • Teacher: Holly Rabone

    Holly started dancing when she was 5 years old doing jazz, ballet and contemporary. At university she started competing in modern jive competitions around the country. She then moved on to West Coast swing where she has competed in New Zealand and abroad. Holly moved to Taupo 2 years ago after working in Tauranga for a couple of years. She is a companion animal veterinarian with VetPlus. She has really enjoyed learning base step with Julian the past year and has been grateful for the opportunity to choreograph for and teach novice dancers.

  • Teacher: Andrew Boldero

    Andrew Boldero is the Director of Street Swing Hamilton and has been dancing West Coast Swing for over 8 years. Andrew has competed at West Coast Swing event throughout NZ and Australia and trained with Champion and All Star level dancers from NZ, Australia, USA, Singapore and Canada. With Holly Rabone, Andrew instruct couples in West Coast Swing; a popular form of swing dancing that has spread across the world. Although it’s history and roots come from lindy hop, part of the appeal is that it can be danced to a variety of musical styles and genres. In addition, the dance itself creates room for improvisation and interaction between the partners.

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