Meet the Team
Tara McKeown (Marshall)
More recently she has become the founder of Primary Art Ideas – a web based platform for teachers to share their art ideas and
Jade began dancing at age 4 and has taken Jazz, Contemporary and performance classes. Jade has always had a passion for dance and is looking forward to becoming a qualified dance teacher for TM Dance World.
Jade has danced nationally with TM Dance World and is also a qualified Kids Bounce Dance Fit instructor. She was a part of the 2015/2016 Showcase team, held on the Gold Coast Australia, and was placed part of the top 10 Showcase Regional Champions in 2015.
Jade completed the NZAMD exams from 2012 to 2016 with achieving the highest award of distinction for both Jazz and Contemporary in 2015 and 2016. She was also nominated for the New Zealand association of Modern Dance scholarship which was held in Wellington in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, she was one of the two leaders of Stage Challenge for Darfield High School which they placed 2nd and is currently taking the beginner Hip Hop class for TM Dance World.
Jade has not only always loved dancing, but the people who are involved within the studio. She is very excited and happy to be given such a fantastic opportunity to work with Tara and her team at TM Dance World in 2018.
Robyn started out as a competitive gymnast at age 5 in Christchurch. During this time she dabbled in ballet but ultimately decided that she needed to devote her time to gymnastics. She competed both nationally and overseas. She is also a qualified NZGA (New Zealand Gymnastics Association) judge and coach. After gymnastics, Robyn found that coaching competitive and recreational gymnasts rewarding, but missed the physical aspect of training and competing. Luckily, she went to school with Tara and Tara convinced her to give dancing a go. Robyn has danced both competitively and for pleasure since 2001. She has sat Jazz and Ballet exams passing both with distinction. In 2005 she run her local dance school while her teacher was on maternity leave.In January 2017 Robyn traveled to Brisbane with Tara to train and qualify as a certified Acrobatic Arts teacher and is now enjoying working with TM Dance World Students of all ages training in Acrobatic classes along with choreographing solos and troupes specializing in broadway and musical theater. Robyn will also spend her 2018 year as a teacher at Darfield High School.
Saba began attending ballet classes at the age of 5 and fell in love with it immediately!
Saba has worked through the RAD graded and vocational exams under Frances Scott and Sharon Howells. Saba is currently dancing at an advanced level and is in her final year of the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching studies. Saba annually attends the New Zealand School of Dance Winter School, first as a dancer, and now as a teacher. Additionally she has studied music and performance at a tertiary level which gives her a greater understanding of musicality especially in dance!
Alex began dancing at the age of 7, and has trained in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary classes. Over the years Alex has completed many levels of NZAMD exams in ballet, jazz and contemporary, and more recently APDA jazz and contemporary exams. Alex has also been competing various solos, duos and group dances at many competitions since the age of 11. Alex previously trained at the Anna Lee School of Dance and Dance Masters International in Christchurch, before joining TM Dance World in 2015. Alex was a part of the team that took part in the 2018 Hollywood Bound competition aboard the Explorer of the Seas cruise ship. At school Alex has participated in Stage Challenge/Showquest every year from 2013-2019, gaining a lead role in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In her lead role in 2019 she was awarded the Outstanding Rangatahi Award for the best overall dancer/performer. Alex is passionate about dance and has been for a very long time. She is excited to become a teacher at TM Dance World and see where it takes her.
Jess has been dancing since she
was 5 years old. Training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary, and
has grown a huge passion for dance over the past 12 years.
Some of Jess's highlights has been involved in the Showcase performance team in 2015 and 2016, where Nationals were held in the Gold Coast. She has also been apart of the Hollywood Bound competition team where they performed on the Royal Caribbean 'Explorer of the Seas' Cruise ship. Jess was also named Teacher of the Year at TM Dance World for 2019. She has competed in Stage Challenge and Showquest at school and in 2019 was a choreographer in the team. In January 2020 Jess attended APDA workshops in Auckland for Tap, Jazz and Contemporary to further extend her dancing knowledge. In January 2020 she also completed in Showcase Finals in teams and solo work.
Jess also is heavily involved in drama, participating in productions as an actor and/or choreographer such as 'Bugsy Malone', 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Cheque Please', 'Witches of Eastwick' and most recently 'Grease'. 2020 will be Jess's last year of high school where she will be running Showquest alongside being Head of Culture and House Captain. After year 13 Jess plans to extend her performing arts knowledge and go into tertiary study.
Lily began dancing at the age of 3 and has taken jazz, contemporary, acro and performance classes. She has taken part in NZAMD jazz exams since she was 6 and also started the contemporary exams with APDA 2 years ago. Lily has been apart of the performance team since she was 6 and has competed in many different solos, duos, trios and group dances. Lily was apart of the team that went to the Gold Coast to take part in Showcase Australia 2016. She also went to the nationals in 2015 and won an award for “so much talent”. While Lily was at primary school she took part in the school jump jam and was a jump jam leader in 2016 and now at Darfield High School she has taken part in stage challenge/showquest since she started in 2017. Lily has a passion for dance and teaching dance. Lily has been a student teacher with TMDW for 3 years and she is super excited to be an official teacher on the TMDW team teaching the Shining Stars jazz class for 2020!