Our Students - VCM Academy of Dance

Our Students

We are proud of our students, who range from 3 to 25 years in age.  At our prize giving each year we award those students who have excelled in their discipline, and reward classes who are punctual, well groomed and full of enthusiasm with our Class of the Year Award.  We also acknowledge our Most Consciencious, Most Promising and Most Improved students with Achievement Awards.


Most Outstanding Senior Student

Chase Leathard
Chase started his dancing career at age 4. He is now 16 years old and has already had three lead roles to his credit. Chase received Most Outstanding Junior for 4 years and now holds the most prestigious award in the studio of Most Outstanding Overall for the third time.
This year Chase was awarded Distinction in Level 3 Contemporary, Intermediate American Jazz, Intermediate Ballet and his first Solo Seal Diploma in Hip Hop – being VCM Academy’s youngest solo ever. Chase was selected top 7 for Ballet, and was a finalist in the NZAMD Nationals.

Most Outstanding Junior Student

Hayley Gyde

Hayley started her dancing career only three years ago, she is now 15 years old. Hayley has worked extremely hard and this year successfully passed Grade 4 American Jazz, Grade 5 Ballet and Level 3 Contemporary – all with Distinction.

We are very proud to call Hayley our Most Outstanding Junior Student for the second year in a row.

Most Outstanding Ballet

Chase Leathard

This year this Prestigious Award was won again by Chase Leathard.  Chase was awarded Distinction in Intermediate Ballet and selected top 7 for Ballet by NZAMD at the Nationals being a finalist for 2017.


Class of the Year

Intermediate Ballet

Other Prestigious Awards from our  2017 Prizegiving:

Most Outstanding Recital Student

Kendra Vito-Toleafoa

 Most Outstanding Jazz Student

Chase Leathard

Most Outstanding Hip Hop Student

Arwyn Lupi 

Award for Dedication, Passion & Heart

Kaitlyn Ziegler

Model Pupil

Domenica Faiumu

Most Promising Student

Sahara Iles

Most Conscientious Student Overall

Nikita Jones

Most Consistent Student

Alexis Jones

Most Improved Jazz

Harmonie Faiumu

Most Improved Ballet

Nadia Gapes

Solo Seal Diplomas

This year VCM Academy successfully passed 3 Jazz and 3 Hip Hop Solo Seal Diplomas. VCM Academy is so proud of these students’ achievements and success in obtaining this Most Prestigious Qualification.

Solo Seal – Jazz

Michaela Downey-Macbeth

Chante Mueller

Kim Jenkins


Solo Seal – Hip Hop

Firenze Lupi

Nikita Jones

Chase Leathard