Dance Teachers – Marlborough, Nelson & Tasman

Blenheim, Mapua, Motueka, Nelson, Richmond, Takaka



Rauhina (Raewyn Snook)

029 775 1853

The Classes:

Styles Offered: Folkloric,Cabaret/Oriental,Fusion

The Teacher:

Joined MEDANZ: 2002

            Updated: 5/07/2017


Debbie SumnerDebbie Sumner
with: ZENDA Belly Dance and ZENDA

027 689 0558

The Classes:

Philosophy: To promote a fun, warm and inviting atmosphere while teaching quality instruction showing the true spirit of Middle eastern Belly dance with style, elegance and grace.

Styles Offered: Cabaret/Oriental,Fusion

Availability: Evening classes in Richmond and Stoke. Private classes. Workshops.

The Teacher:

Started learning this beautiful dance under the instruction of Gretchen Howard back in 2001.Love everything about the dance, the music, the movements and creating community with other inspiring women and sharing the love of the dance with others.

Started MED: 2001 Started Teaching: 2010 Joined MEDANZ: 2013

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2017, 2017 (Details available on request)Update

            Updated: 16/10/2017

ElenaElena Hill
ith : ZENDA 

021 144 4464

The Classes:

Philosophy: Elena leads dancers on their dance journey through the exploration of American Tribal Style (ATS) and Tribal Fusion styles in her classes. With a background in Cabaret/Fusion dance with the Zenda troupe and a strong interest in Tribal, Elena creates fun and challenging classes for beginner/intermediate dancers.

Styles Offered: ATS, Fusion

Availability: Evening classes. Private classes.

The Teacher:

A Student and Performer with the Zenda troupe since 2005, my growing interest in (ATS) style and Tribal Fusion and the shortage of teachers of these styles in my area meant soaking up knowledge wherever possible and then undertaking online training to be able to offer these styles here. A successful beginning means more classes to come.

Started MED: 2005 Started Teaching: 2017 Joined MEDANZ: 2014 Has current First Aid Certificate: 2016

            Updated: 24/03/2017

Gretchen  Howard 
with: ZENDA Belly Dance and ZENDA Belly Dancers

The Classes:

Philosophy: To provide a warm and friendly environment with quality instruction, teaching the true spirit of Middle Eastern Belly Dance with style, elegance and grace.

Styles Offered: Folkloric,Cabaret/Oriental,Tribal,Fusion

Availability: Daytime, Evening and Weekend classes at Enner Glynn Community Hall off Tuckett Pl Stoke. Private classes. Workshops

The Teacher:

I started dancing in Nelson in 1991 and performed in the Wearable Art Show. Teaching began after that and by 1994 the ZENDA Middle Eastern Dance troupe was formed to perform in that year's Wearable Art. Now have another dancer, Debbie Sumner, teaching the beginner and intermediate ZENDA classes. Gives me more time to focus on the troupe and my many other interests.

Started MED: 1985 Started Teaching: 1991 Joined MEDANZ: 1994

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2017 (Details available on request)

            Updated: 1/11/2017