students passing exams with distinction
Running Dance Classes For Kids in Dunedin Since 1981
Denise is considered to be one of New Zealand’s most respected and successful Tap Dancing choreographers, teachers, and adjudicators, having successfully run dance classes in Dunedin for 40 years to the highest level of national and international competition. Denise trains over 50 dancers ‘one on one’ for competitions as well as classes in musical theatre and acting. In 2020 we introduced the NZAMD American Jazz programme and now offer the first four grades of Jazz, which will grow in due course. Our Jazz programme is headed by Lara Davidson.
The studio boasts a talented teaching staff of fully qualified teachers with extensive performance, musical theatre, singing, tap and ballet/jazz training, qualifications and experience.
Denise has been a musical theatre performer since the very early 1980’s and has a string of successful roles to her credit, favourites include; Velma (Chicago) Miss Hannigan (Annie) The Wardrobe (Beauty and The Beast) and Madame Thenardier (Les Miserables).
Denise also very involved directing musicals and having directed My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music for Taieri Musical, Anything Goes for Bayfield High School and a lavish production for the South Canterbury Drama League of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in 2018. Most Denise directed and choreographed ‘Future Stars a Musical Revival’ for MTD. In August 2021 Denise is excited to be directing and choreographing Columba College’s Musical, High School Musical.
Students of the Denise Henderson Studio of Tap, Jazz & Musical Theatre are extremely successful in concert, competition and exam work. Students are consistently placing the highest in their competitive work with 80% of all students sitting exams passing with distinction (over 95%).
Besides running a busy dancing and musical theatre studio, Denise has a real passion for directing and choreographing musicals, not just for the major societies in Dunedin, but enjoys working, on a freelance basis, with a variety of societies, high schools and organisations and societies out of Dunedin. Denise prides in herself in her attention to detail, polish and knowledge of a variety of musical theatre eras and genres. All her shows have been presented to sell out audiences and have gained rave reviews.
Denise as a…
• 42nd Street – MTD
• Pre-Match entertainment package for the NZRFU All Black/South African test
• My Fair Lady – Taieri Musical
• The Sound of Music – Taieri Musical
• Anything Goes – Bayfield High School
• Future Stars, a Musical Revival – MTD
Denise as a…
• 2018 – Beauty & The Beast –
South Canterbury Drama League
• 2017 – Anything Goes – Bayfield High School
• 2015 – The Sound of Music – Taieri Musical Society
• 2014 – Beauty & The Beast –
Bayfield High School
• 2011 – My Fair Lady – Taieri Musical Society
• 2000 – 42nd Street – Musical Theatre Dunedin
• 1993 – Anything Goes – Musical Theatre Dunedin
Denise as a…
• Velma Kelly, Chicago – MTD
• Maggie Jones, 42nd Street – MTD
• The Wardrobe, Beauty & the Beast – MTD
• Miss Hannigan, Annie – Taieri Musical
• Madame Thenardier, Les Miserables – Taieri Musical