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OUR TEACHERS

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AMBER STEPHENS

Founder and Director

Instructor at Millbrook

Amber began ballet at age 4 with the RAD, then studied Contemporary Dance both at the Unitec Auckland Performing Arts. then Performance Art at The Academy Of Fine Arts in Vienna. She completed her studies with a post-graduate degree at Auckland's Unitec Performing Arts School. Amber had a dance company in Vienna and also in New Zealand touring and performing extensively . Amber founded Barre Warrior in 2016 at her flagship studio in Auckland. Amber has taught her program in Australia and is based in Queenstown.

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SAM SHATTOCK

Instructor at Millbrook

Sam began ballet at age 5 then later trained professionally at The Central School of Ballet UK going on to perform with Ballet Central and Northern Ballet Theatre.  

Sam's career branched into Arts Administration and was PA to the Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet Sam now manages Dorothy Browns Cinema and teaches Barre Warrior!

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JULIA MCKERROW

Instructor at Balance Pilates

Julia Mckerrow recently joined the team. Julia met Amber in Auckland while completing her Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts in Contemporary Dance. 


Julia is an RAD classically trained dancer and has been working professionally as a freelance Contemporary Dancer and Choreographer for the last 18 years including leading Arts Festivals and is a recipient of the Creative New Zealand Tup Lang Choreographic Award. 
Julia is an NZAMD Contemporary Dance syllabus teacher, an NCEA Dance Curriculum Teacher and is currently working towards her Hanna Somatics teaching certification.