Award winning Arts a Go Go! offers a variety of exciting performing arts classes for babies through to advanced classes for teens
Operating its full programme from its own studio in Upper Hutt , Arts a Go Go! opened another branch in Tawa in 2013 due to demand for their classes. Arts a Go Go! Tawa runs a fantastic Saturday performing arts combo class for children aged 6 to teens. In the two hour session, children experience lessons in dynamic drama, creative and musical theatre dance and sensational singing. Whether it is to build confidence and friendships, or develop a potential talent in the performing arts, Arts a Go Go! classes are for all kids. Arts a Go Go! is packed with performing arts fun.
Arts a Go Go! is run by Rachel Main and Stuart Grant. Rachel and Stu are both qualified and experienced teachers who have a passion for working with children and developing creativity through the arts. They have three children of their own. Joining them is a team of qualified and professional performing arts teachers, who are well respected in the arts industry and are well loved by the students.
Rachel is a registered teacher and was a school teacher and performer before starting Arts a Go
Go! in 2008. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and Diploma of Teaching, plus a Certificate in
Education Leadership. Rachel also has an advanced diploma in modern dance. Rachel has been
very involved in musical theatre over the years, and has performed on stage in a number of roles.
She trained in drama teaching in Auckland as part of her teacher training and was Teacher in Charge of the Arts at an intermediate school before having her family. She has written and directed many shows and dance productions for children, and directed and trained children in singing , drama and dance. As a performer, she has been part of a professional singing, dancing, storytelling entertainment group for young children. In 2013, Rachel was selected as one of four finalists in the "Leadership Category" of the "Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
Stu was director of Capital E, an internationally recognised performance and creative technology facility for children in Wellington and worked there passionately for 17 years. He was also the founder and director of the Capital E National Arts Festival, bringing two weeks of professional national and international theatre and performances to thousands of children and school groups every two years. Prior to that, he was head of Drama, Art and Music at a Hamilton middle school. His own acting experience includes many years in professional improvisation theatre and various plays. Stu has created and directed a number of productions for children. He has an honours degree in arts and the media, and has been invited to speak internationally on children and creativity. In 2015 Stu travelled to Edinburgh at the request of the British Council to peer review the Edinburgh Children’s Festival and was asked to attend the International Children’s festival in Okinawa, Japan, to forge relationships with Japan for New Zealand professional theatre. Stu is now Manager of Economic Development at Upper Hutt City Council.
Tawa Manager and Dance Teacher: Lisa Kelly
Arts a Go Go! is very fortunate to be able to use the skills of dance teacher Lisa Kelly. Lisa has been dancing most of her life and feels so lucky to have a job that is her greatest passion. She trained in NZAMD Jazz gaining an Advanced Certificate whilst growing up and went on to full time training at the Wellington Performing Arts Centre gaining a Diploma in Commercial Dance. Lisa has performed in many shows & corporate events in Wellington. Lisa spent 4 years dancing and teaching in London where she was based at the famous “Pineapple Dance Studios” & undertook further training in Musical Theatre as well as teaching dance classes in London primary schools. Lisa performed with theatre companies in shows and cabarets and was also lucky enough to perform in a music video which was a career highlight. In 2015, Lisa was in the Wellington cast of “Evita” and in 2016 took a year off to live in Canada where she also taught dance. Recently Lisa started her own dance school in Mt Victoria Wellington called “Over the Rainbow Dance”. Lisa loves teaching children and passing on all she has learnt over the years in a safe, fun, and encouraging environment.
We welcome you and your child or young person to the Arts a Go Go! family!
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