Who We Are


hayley johnson - principal

I am living my dream - teaching dance and working with children. Imparting my knowledge and inspiring students. Watching them grow in strength and maturity. It's a daily challenge and the workload is hard but i never regret it.  I believe that every child has their time to shine - maybe when they are 5 or 15, maybe only for a day - but witnessing that is special. My happiest memories have come from putting students on the stage for the first time - seeing their glow, watching their eyes lift up in delight, witnessing their energy and passion - just magic. 

Come and join us and be part of our special family. 


Neroli Hunt - deputy principal

Neroli began dancing at the age of 4, commencing her training at The Northern Dance Centre in Yorkshire, England.  Discovering a love for dance and a vocation for teaching at an early age, she continued her studies at Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre in Liverpool where she completed an intensive three year training course.  Here, she gained her teaching qualifications under The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in Ballet, Tap, Modern, National and Disco Free Style and Rock and Roll.  Before moving to New Zealand in 2001, Neroli obtained her Licentiate Diploma in National Dance - furthering her studies in the teaching of dance. 

" People dance for many different reasons...I feel extremely grateful to be able to guide them on their journey, helping to foster their love of dance and sharing in their achievements along the way."


erika sullivan - jazz, junior ballet, private coaching, troupes

NZAMD Solo Diploma

Erika trained in RAD Ballet and NZAMD Jazz at Chilton Dance Centre. She has been teaching for 4 years and is currently working towards becoming a NZAMD registered teacher. She is very passionate about dance and loves to share that through teaching and choreographing. 


Stevie haira - hip hop, private coaching

Stevie started dancing as a young teen, learning routines from music videos and dancing in crews with her friends. She moved to Wellington to pursue dance and take classes to upskill. She competed at the national Street Dance Competion and represented NZ twice at the World Hiphop Championships in Las Vegas. She loves taking class and wants to pass on what she has learnt over the years. She is very passionate about pushing the next generation to be the best they can be. Her classes are fun and challenging and she loves seeing her students grow. Super excited to be back to teach at Hayley's Studio for 2018


Kerryanne gilberd - guest teacher - private coaching, repertoire

Principal dancer, Kerry-Anne Gilberd is one of New Zealand’s leading dance talents. She gained a tremendous following with her fine performances in many productions including her favourites, La Sylphide, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle and Romeo and Juliet. Kerry-Anne studied at the National School of Ballet in 1975 in Wellington and after successfully winning the Royal Academy of Dancing Scholarship, she furthered her training at the Royal Ballet School and was later invited to join the Royal Ballet of Flanders with which she spent four years extensively touring Europe. Kerry Anne rejoined the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company in 1981. She was awarded the MNZM for services to ballet in 1997. Following retirement Kerry-Anne performed the roles of ‘Tantomile’ and ‘Victoria’ in the Really Useful Dance Company’s production of ‘Cats’ touring New Zealand and Australia. For the next twelve years Kerry-Anne worked in Sponsorship and Business Development with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and is currently the Sponsorship Manager with Orchestra Wellington. Since August of 2015 Kerry-Anne is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® Registered National Training Curriculum (American Ballet Theatre). Kerry-Anne is also a contractor with the New Zealand School of Dance where she teaches both the Scholars and the National Associates programmes. Kerry-Anne likes to take up every opportunity offered to her to help develop young dancers and give them an insight into the life of a professional dancer. She manages this by offering one on one coaching, guest teaching and adjudicating.


Alison smith - administration

Originally from Zimbabwe, my husband, daughter and I spent 13 years living in Malawi before moving to New Zealand in March 2017. We have enjoyed settling in to this beautiful area of the country and I am looking forward to putting my admin skills to good use joining the lovely team at Hayley Johnson Academy of Dancing.