Principal - Helen Anderson ARAD


BA Dance Melbourne

Dip Dance Wellington
Dip Sports Studies Otago








New Zealand born Helen Anderson started her journey into the magnificent world of dance at the tender age of 4 years old.

Helen attended the prestigious South Auckland Ballet Academy under the strict guidance of Valerie Murray up to the age of 17.  She then was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington, gaining a Diploma in Classical Ballet.  She danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet during her time there as a guest student dancer.

Helen then headed overseas to Melbourne, Australia where she completed a BA in Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, touring extensively while she was with the company.

When Helen returned to New Zealand in 1990 she joined the Northern Ballet Company and Company Z.  She free-lanced as a teacher and model for some time, gaining an insight into the direction that was needed in dance instruction in Auckland at that time. During this period Helen also gained a Diploma in Sports Studies and gained her Royal Academy of Dance teachers’ qualifications.

Helen’s broad experiences in professional dance, combined with her teaching qualifications, inform her knowledgeable and passionate approach to dance instruction.

In 1995 Helen established Rhythm n Steps Dance Academy and has watched it grow into a very successful and dynamic dance academy with many talented students. In May 2012, Rhythm n Steps Dance Academy moved into its own purpose-built dance studios, brilliantly designed and built by Robert Hedington.

What we believe

We nurture the love of dance and enjoyment in developing creative expression, fitness, strength, grace and technique
We provide a fun and trusting environment for dancers to grow in skill and confidence
We promote safe dance techniques based on sports medicine
We have high expectations of our dancers and empower them to achieve their goals
We believe that students also develop positive self esteem, great friendships and the ability to work successfully with others through dance.

The magic of the Academy lies with the directors and teachers who teach with pure passion, and its students who embrace the spirit, energy and grace of dance in its many forms.

What we offer

Rhythm n Steps Dance Academy offers classes for dancers from young children through to teenagers and adults. The youngest children begin by experiencing classes that celebrate the joy of creative movement. Later classes build on this love of dance while introducing more advanced techniques in carefully sequenced stages.


A primary focus of Rhythm n Steps is ballet instruction. Rhythm n Steps is one of the few academies in wider Auckland that follows the internationally recognised Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus in ballet and offers graded and vocational examinations from the age of five. Dancers completing RAD examinations can be assured that their grades are of international standing.


We also offer NZAMD dance classes in Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Stretch Leap and Spin and Hip Hop.  Recreational classes on offer for Adults are Ballet/ Swiss Ball Body Core and Rhythm Jam - Shape Up.

All of our students and parents have the opportunity to perform in our annual showcase.

Helen Anderson – Principal of Rhythm n Steps Dance Academy Is available for the following services:

- Adjudicating Nationally and Internationally.
- Guest Teaching at Seminars.
- Choreographing Solos, Groups and Productions.
- Choreography for Modeling Events.
- Choreography for Body Sculpting and Body Building events.
- Choreography for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary School Productions.
- Choreography for Stage Challenge Events.
- Personal Training one on one for sport performance, endurance training or body sculpting.

- First dances choreographed for briadal parties.


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