Principal Charis O'Connor A.I.S.T.D

Charis O’Connor is a professionally trained dancer, acrobat and aerialist graduating from Laine Theatre Arts, London and The Royal Ballet School Senior Associates. She completed her Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Modern Dance teachers’ qualification in 2008, and is Acrobatic Arts certified from 2017. Charis also taught at Laine Theatre Arts, London in 2015-2016.

On graduating, Charis worked on board Norwegian Cruise Lines as an aerialist and dancer before moving to Germany to perform. She has worked extensively in London’s West End, across the UK and Europe in Musical Theatre shows, dance shows and TV. She has also cast and choreographed full dance shows for Thomson Holidays.

Some of Charis’ credits include:

Sinatra: The Man and his Music at the London Palladium, WEST END London in 2015
Disney’s Tarzan the Musical as Assistant Flight Captain, in Hamburg & Stuttgart, Germany in 2011-2014
An Evening with Kenn Dodd at the London Palladium, London
The West End Experience UK Tour
CBBC TV show MI High, SkyTV Got To Dance, acrobat for the BMW/London Olympic Campaign

Charis moved to New Zealand from the UK in May 2016 and has settled in Waikanae with her partner. Charis loves to teach and watch the students develop in confidence and ability over time, giving them the option to pursue a career in the industry if they so wish. She is currently a dance tutor at Whitireia New Zealand in Wellington, teaching degree students who will go on to a career in the performance industry. Charis has been teaching students, aged from as young as 2 years old, for 10 years at various dance schools and kindergartens throughout NZ and the UK.

She adjudicates for dance competitions around New Zealand and gives workshops regularly. She also owns a small business, Pumpkin Princess Parties, setup to bring princesses to life for children.

After a varied professional performing and teaching career to date, Charis is thrilled to be living in Waikanae and owning a dance school to pass her experience on to the children and community of the Kapiti Coast.