Queenstown – Our Teachers
DEVOS DIRECTOR – ANNA STUART
Anna started dancing at age 8, studying RAD Ballet, AJDA Jazz, NZAMD Jazz and BBO Tap dance. She had completed both Major and Minor BBO Tap Solo Seals and had won her first scholarship to the NZ School of Ballet at the age of 12. Anna began her teaching career in Tap Dance at the age of 15, running her own dance school ‘Marlborough School of Dance’…. read more
DEVOS TEACHER – PATRICIA KIRCHOFF
Patricia is a dancer at heart! Starting at age 5, she trained in Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Her journey with movement continued through university in Brazil, where she graduated with a BPhEd. She has worked as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Dance Teacher.
Patricia travelled to New Zealand for a different life experience. In 2005, she completed her first Pilates training, through Physical Mind Institute, then became a Mentor for Polestar Pilates, in 2009. Patricia in partnership with husband Jose, created Vital Wellness Ltd. (a Personal Training and Pilates Company) in 2012. Since then, she has been running a successful small business and watching her two beautiful children grow up.
“I have been able to use the principles and fundamentals of Pilates to guide students and improve their technique and performance. I love to share my knowledge and passion for movement and continue to learn everyday with students and movement practitioners alike. It is a real joy to inspire people to move more and better, watching its ripple effect on their lifestyle.”
DEVOS TEACHER – SOPHIE THOMPSON
Sophie started dancing at age 3 and still continues to learn and extend herself in all genres of dance. Sophie is trained in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance, she has always loved each style and the different challenges and unique opportunities they have given.
Sophie is passionate about performance and has been involved in many dance and drama performances as well as musicals.
Sophie started teacher training with Queenstown School of Dance in 2017 and is excited to be part of the DEVOS Dance Family. “I’m excited to pass on my knowledge and help shape the next generation of performers”