Our Students - VCM Academy of Dance


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 19 years old and is VCM Academy’s Open Class Specialist. This is Chase’s sixth time of receiving the most prestigious award in the studio of Most Outstanding Overall. In 2019, Chase competed across New Zealand and was awarded a one year scholarship to the pre-professional programme of the Melbourne City Ballet at the Alana Haines Australasian Ballet Awards in Wellington. He also received a PACANZ Young Performer of the Year Nomination where he later competed down in Palmerston North, making VCM Academy proud. In 2020 Chase completed Level 6 Contemporary with Distinction and was successful in attaining his third Solo Seal Diploma, Jazz.

Winner – 6th Year Running

Most Outstanding Junior Student

Rhianna Dadley

Rhianna started her dancing career at age 5, she is now 13. Rhianna is one of our most versatile junior students, she has obtained numerous Distinctions in Ballet and Jazz during her junior career and has received Outstanding for every Hip Hop syllabus. She has also added Contemporary to her repertoire. Rhianna has an incredible amount of passion and commitment for dance which has earned her this very prestigious award of VCM Academy’s Most Outstanding Junior Student. We are very proud of Rhianna and know she has a very bright and successful future in dance.

Class of the Year 2020

elementary American Jazz

Other Prestigious Awards from our 2020 Prizegiving

Most Outstanding
Recital Student

Olivia Puckey

Most Outstanding
Jazz Student


Most Outstanding
Ballet Student

Olivia Puckey

Most Outstanding
Hip Hop Student

Tabitha Jelicich

Award for Dedication,
Passion, Spirit & Heart

Ruby Dickenson

Award for Dedication,
Passion, Spirit & Heart

Charlize Withers

Most Consistent

Kaitlyn Ziegler


Allegra De Silva

Most Promising

Aaliyah Ratumaitavuki

Most Conscientious
Student Overall

Kendra Vito-Toleafoa

Most Improved

Nadia Gapes

Most Improved

Most Improved

Sakura Kirk-Johns

Most Improved
Hip Hop

Ella wolferstan


This year VCM Academy successfully passed 2 Ballet Solo Seal Diplomas. VCM Academy is so proud of these students’ achievements and success in obtaining this most prestigious qualification.

Solo Seal Jazz

nikita jones

Solo Seal Jazz

chase leathard

Solo Seal Hip Hop

Alexis Jones

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