New Zealand School of Dance Contemporary Dance Faculty
Paula Steeds-Huston Head of Contemporary Dance
Paula Steeds-Huston has spent 17 years as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer in Australia and New Zealand. She was a principal dancer with Missevich Youth Ballet in Christchurch, then joined Wellington-based contemporary company Footnote Dance for four years. Paula worked with acclaimed New Zealand choreographers including Michael Parmenter, Shona McCullagh and Douglas Wright. Since passing her Royal Academy of Dance Teachers Certificate with Distinction, Paula has taught contemporary technique, ballet and hip hop at workshops around New Zealand. She has directed and choreographed for Original Scripts Theatre Company, renowned for producing quality children’s theatre. Paula has also worked in film and television as a choreographer and performer, including Lord of the Rings, The Lost World, a promotional DVD for Cook Islands Tourism and several music videos.
Victoria Colombus Contemporary Tutor
Victoria Colombus graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2002. She has performed and toured with Black Grace Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, Michael Parmenter Commotion Company, The World of WearableArt and Muscle Mouth. A tutor at the New Zealand School of Dance since 2010, she directs the annual Choreographic Season, which has toured to Tempo Dance Festival and The Body Festival. In 2009 Victoria assisted Ross McCormack on the creation of ‘Nowhere Fast’ for Dancenorth. She has choreographed on Footnote Dance company and has toured her work with the NZSD to New Caledonia. In 2012 she was appointed to the role of principal choreographer for the World of WearableArt (WOW) and toured the production to Hong Kong. Victoria is rehearsal director for company Muscle Mouth, and staged the work 'Age' for the 2014 New Zealand International Arts Festival.
Lina Limosani Contemporary Tutor
Graduating from the VCA in 1999, Lina become an original member of Garry Stewart’s Australian Dance Theatre and has since worked with Lucy Guerin, Chunky Move, Narelle Benjamin, and New Zealand Dance Company. She became a member of Scotland’s David Hughes Dance Company working closely with director Al Seed, and choreographer Cathy Marston. Her time overseas has also seen her work with Scotland’s Plan B, Designer/Director Alex Riggs along with Munich’s Micha Purucker.
Under the banner of LimosanI ProjeKts, Lina created A Delicate Situation nominated for three Boh Cameronian Awards, an Adelaide Critics Circle Award and an Australian Dance Award 2015. 2016 saw Lina develop One’s Wicked Ways for Australian Dance Theatre and premiere Whispers From Pandora’s Box for the New Zealand Dance Company. A collaboration with British Bharatanatyam dancer Seeta Patel saw Not Today’s Yesterday premiere at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe where it received the Best in Dance and Peace Foundation Awards and is currently on tour in the UK. The Spinners, an Australia/Scotland artistic collaboration with visual theatre director Al Seed premiered in July 2018 with SELL OUT seasons at the inaugural Adelaide Dance Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for a Total Theatre Award for Dance.
Gina Andrews Contemporary Tutor
Gina began dancing in her hometown of Nelson. As well as vocational exams she completed IDTA Associate level teaching exams in both ballet and modern jazz. In 2009 Gina graduated from New Zealand School of Dance.
After graduating, she freelanced around New Zealand, working with a wide range of creative artists and performers such as Java Dance Theatre and World of Wearable Art Awards.
Her time spent in the health and fitness industry as a barre fitness instructor and Club Manager provided valuable insight into exercise prescription, individual needs analysis and a holistic approach.
Gina teaches in many dance schools across the Wellington region, and regularly supports NZSD Associates and Scholars programmes. More recently her interests have led her to complete a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course, which aligns beautifully with contemporary dance teachings.
Luke Hanna Contemporary Tutor
Luke Hanna, born and bred in Petone, Wellington, graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2006. Since graduating he has worked for leading dance companies and choreographers such as Black Grace, Australian Dance Theatre, Dance North, New Zealand Dance Company, Douglas Wright, Shaun Parker, Malia Johnston and Ross McCormack. Luke has danced his way across Australasia, Europe, Asia and America. In 2009 he was nominated for the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, and last year was shortlisted for the Vodafone World of Difference fellowship. Luke has tutored at the New Zealand School of Dance and Scots College, and facilitated and led the NZSD's Tū Move programme in 2014. Since returning to Wellington Luke has co-founded a new initiative, the Brothers and Sisters Collective, with whom he created and toured his first full-length work, 'eye'.