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About Sole Movement

Sole Movement Dance School encourages confidence, expression, discipline and enjoyment of dance and performance through all of our classes. It provides quality training by professional staff in a fun and safe environment. We have an excellent and varied timetable with plenty of dance styles to choose from, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Sole Movement prides itself on the quality coaching provided by our excellent team of teachers. Our friendly staff all work with the same aim; to teach each and every one of our students through exciting dance classes that will both encourage, challenge and inspire.

Classes we offer: Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Stretch and Conditioning, Adult dance, Preschool, Private Lessons and Competition Classes,  “First Dance” Wedding and Choreography.

In our exam classes, students learn specific steps, routines and combinations in preparation for exams in August/September each year. In Ballet, Modern Theatre Jazz and Tap we follow the ISTD syllabus. Contemporary classes follow the NZAMD syllabus.

We pride ourselves on a high and consistent pass rate. Exams can be a positive experience for children and lead to a great sense of accomplishment.

Regular performance opportunities throughout the year include our annual Dance Show. 

Alicia Chadwick-Cook

(AISTD, Dip Theatre Arts & Dip Teachers of Dance)

Alicia has been dancing since she was 3 years old and currently holds her associate diploma level teachers qualification with the ISTD in Imperial Ballet and Modern Theatre Dance. In 2008 she graduated from East Auckland Performing Arts with a diploma in theatre dance and performing arts as well as her Teachers of Dancing Diploma, graduating with Honours with Distinction.

Alicia has reached advanced two level in both ISTD Imperial ballet and ISTD Modern as well as advanced one for her tap. She has studied and trained in both ISTD, NZAMD & RAD and danced as well as taught a range of styles including jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, musical theatre and hip hop. Alicia is also previous company dancer (FUZE dance company).

Alicia is very excited about becoming the Principal Dance Teacher at Sole Movement and she is looking forward to seeing the talented students blossom & grow. 

Clare Saddington-Smith


Hi, I am Clare (Saddington-Smith). I arrived in NZ 6 years ago from the UK and I am responsible for the accounts and admin for Peaches and Pickles and Sole Movement.

I have over 25 years experience in accounts, starting in Practice and moving on to Retail, and most recently running a business with my husband before leaving the UK.

I am Dance Mom to Lily who is 11 so am not only passionate about the numbers, but the performing aswell.

I am very grateful to the Peaches and Pickles team, especially Sophia and Charlotte for inviting me to be part of their exciting venture.

Sophia Pedersen

Dip Musical Theatre and Performing Arts NZAMD Tap Dancing, NZAMD Jazz Dancing
Sophia Pedersen

I trained with The Wellington Performing Arts Company gaining a Diploma in Musical Theatre and Performing Arts, this has led me to have many years performing and choreographing various wonderful stage shows.

A huge passion of mine is dance and I have also gained my teaching qualification with NZAMD Tap, Jazz and Ballet Syllabuses. Nothing motivates me more than developing children through Performance and Dance.

With four children of my own the happiest moments are when they are growing through imagination and movement.

Alana Tod

(AISTD Modern Jazz & AISTD Classical Ballet)
Alana is a dance addict, she begged her parents for lessons as soon as she could talk. By the time she was three, her mother finally relented and she started ballet. Alana has now completed the R.A.D graded examination syllabus and has completed the entire I.S.T.D jazz syllabus; she also has had training in hip hop, cabaret and contemporary and is currently learning tap.   Alana has achieved her ISTD Modern Jazz & Classical Ballet associate; and is also studying law at the University of Auckland.  During her studies Alana has completed a bachelor of commerce.   

Charlotte de Vere

(AISTD Classical Ballet)

Charlotte has always had a passion for dancing - she has been dancing since the age of 3, primarily in ballet, and has completed her RAD ballet exams from pre-primary to grade 8 as well as her ISTD Intermediate ballet. In 2013 Charlotte successfully completed her Associate teaching qualification in Imperial Ballet (ISTD) & now is a fully qualified ISTD Ballet teacher. Charlotte has also completed a Bachelor of Education with the University of Auckland (Primary) and has had teaching experience with a range of children. Her love of dancing also extends into costuming & Charlotte also runs her own company 'PIZAZZLE' a costume company that creates fun and unique designs & costumes for dancers.  

Hillary Moulder

Hillary has completed her majors in Tap and Modern across various syllabi BBO, TDI, IDTA and ISTD. She holds her associate diploma in Tap and Associate in Modern. She has a performing arts diploma and a love for all this musical.Some of her achievements are performing with the RNZB, song and dance nationals, NZ variety artists club award and Euro Disney performer. Encouraging others to express themselves through dance and performance with sound knowledge is what Hillary is all about.