Southern Ballet Theatre Trust Board


Patrons Fiona Tonkin, ARAD & Lorraine Peters, QSM, ARAD Life Member, ABBO
Founder Lorraine Peters, QSM, ARAD Life Member, ABBO
Artistic Director Glen Harris A.B.BO. (Hon) A.B.B.O. (Full Teacher Reg)
Board of Trustees  Diana Barr (Chairperson)
  Marion Champ (Secretary)  
  Paul Waterhouse  
  Irina Vassilieva (Treasurer)  
  Lucinda Rees


  Graeme Thomson
   Abbey Evison


 Patron and Founder

Lorraine Peters Q.S.M., ARAD (Life Member), A.B.B.O

Lorraine PetersLorraine Peters, Master Tutor and Choreographer, established her own very successful Ballet School in 1951 and ten years later founded the Christchurch Ballet Society. New Zealand trained; Lorraine Peters has dedicated her career to dance training of excellence and the development of ballet in Christchurch. In 1975 she became Founder and Artistic Director of Southern Ballet Theatre and five years after returning from the U.S.A founded the Southern Ballet Junior Company. During her career, she has trained numerous dancers who have gone on to join professional ballet companies at Principal and Soloist levels. Past students have achieved Adeline Genee Medal, Sir John Logan, Campbell Award, Alana Haines Award, Young Performer of the Year, and many others. She has choreographed numerous full-length original ballets for the company and has guest conducted major and grade seminars. In 1991, Lorraine Peters received the Queens Service Medal in recognition for her achievements to ballet in New Zealand. Lorraine leads the artistic team, giving her valuable experience in all areas of the school and companies.



 Fiona Tonkin ARAD    

World acknowledged ballerina, Fiona Tonkin is also our Patron. Fiona trained under Miss Peters QSM tutelage at Southern Ballet until she was 17 years of age leaving to accept an invitation to join the New Zealand Ballet Company. Fiona’s career advanced rapidly, going on to receive standing ovations in Russia and in London in the presence of her Majesty the Queen. A lovely photo of her was taken with her Majesty the Queen.Fiona is now Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet Company.


Teaching Staff

 Artistic Director - Head of Senior Ballet Company/Senior Boys/Professional Open Class - Glen Harris

A.B.BO. (Hon) A.B.B.O. (Full Teacher Reg)

Glen HarrisBorn in Christchurch, New Zealand, Glen Harris began his classical training at the age of seven. His training is founded in the British Ballet Organization. Upon completion of his training at Southern Ballet, he went to begin an extensive dancing career around the world where he first joined the Australian Ballet in 1981 and was a featured soloist in many roles. His career then took him to Europe where he was invited to join the Opernhaus Ballet in Zurich. After two years in Switzerland, he went to the U.S.A where he joined the world-renowned Joffery Ballet dancing with them for six years. In 1994, Glen left the world of ballet for a time to appear on Broadway in the Lincoln Centre Production of "Carousel". He danced the lead role of the "Fairground Boy" choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan. After that Glen joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York and enjoyed nine years performing in a vast repertoire with many international stars of opera and ballet. Glen taught for the Miami City Ballet School from 2002 - 2004 where he set daily classes, choreographed the end of year productions as well as setting Balanchine's "Nutcracker" for the Miami City Ballet. Glen returned home to Christchurch and to Southern Ballet Theatre, where he has been the Senior Tutor. Glen is the director of the Senior Ballet Company & tutors and & choreographs their productions. Glen also tutors boys' classes, Professional Open Classes and the very popular Adults Ballet Classes. Glen also tutors the open classes for the Junior and Intermediate Ballet Companies.


Head of Modern Dance Department - Hayley Watts
TC N.Z.A.M.D. (Examiner), R.A.D. RTS (Dist). and A.B.B.O.(Dist)

In 1997 Hayley joined the Southern Ballet Company as a full-time dancer performing in numerous productions. Two years later Hayley began teaching, and successfully auditioned for enrolment in the R.A.D Teaching Certificate Programme. She completed the programme with distinction and became a fully registered teacher for The Royal Academy of Dance. Hayley is also a registered teacher and examiner with the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance (NZAMD) and the British Ballet Organization (BBO). 

Hayley has entered many students in classical ballet and modern jazz examinations - achieving a 100% pass rate with excellent results. Each year Hayley produces extremely popular jazz seasons for Southern Ballet as well as choreographing ballet and jazz competition dances.

Hayley is the director,  tutor and choreographer for the jazz companies, in addition to tutoring jazz,contemporary and ballet in the school. 

Head of Senior Ballet School - Lioudmila Solovieva
Vaganova (Hon), A.B.B.O. (Dist) (Full Teacher Reg, Hons)

Lioudmila SolovievaLioudmila Solovieva graduated from the Perm State Ballet School, Russia, in 1983 and danced as Soloist in Russia until 1992. On her Directors recommendation, she was invited to take up a soloist position with the Opera & Ballet Theatre in Cairo, Egypt, until 1997. During her career, Lioudmila has danced Principal and Soloist roles in the following classical and contemporary repertoire: Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Fountain of Bakhchisaray, Le Corsaire, Porgy and Bess, Cleopatra, Bolero, The Creation of the World, 491 Fahrenheit, Paquita and many others. She has also performed on the prestigious stages in Moscow, St Petersburg and many of the international dance centers around the world. Lioudmila teaches in the Senior School, achieving an excellent student success rate in examinations, and is the director of the Intermediate Ballet Company;  tutoring and choreographing their productions.

Head of Junior School - Sharon Tite 
B.B.O (Adv Hons). A.B.B.O (Dist)

Sharon Tite Sharon graduated from the National Ballet School traveling to Japan to dance with the Higaki Ballet Company. Sharon had the honour of being the first Senior Ballet Company Dancer in New Zealand to have a contract with Gaungzhou Ballet Company, China. Following her time in China she accepted a contract with the Canyon Concert Ballet Company, Colorado, U.S.A. Sharon has danced such roles as: 'The Mistress of the Copper Mountain' as the "Stoneflower", 'Pas de Quartre', 'Pas de Trios', Tinkerbell in 'Peter Pan, and was a soloist in 'Giselle'. Sharon tutors students of all ages - starting with our littlest ones at age four and extending right up to our major students. She also produces the Beginner's Concert for our delightful beginner students - an annual concert held in early September in our theatre. Sharon is the director of the Junior Ballet Company and choreographs and produces  the Junior Ballet Company productions.


Senior Ballet & Contemporary Tutor and Theatre Technician - Sean James

A graduate of the NZSD, Sean has been performing ballet, contemporary and musical theatre roles with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Southern Ballet and numerous local choreographers. He has also enjoyed touring with "Chess" and "Cats". Sean works in Christchurch and around the South Island in various technical roles such as stage manager, sound engineer, lighting designer, and theatre technician. Currently he is involved with many of the festival seasons produced yearly in Christchurch, and performance groups such as Daniel Belton & Good Company, Vivek Kinra, Sheryl Robinson, and a wide range of touring shows that utilize the Southern Ballet Theatre. Sean lights and 'techs' the Southern Ballet Theatre for many of our company and school productions.

Classical Ballet and Pilates Tutor - Antoinette McKay

Antoinette grew up and learnt to dance in Christchurch and spent many of her teenage years at Southern Ballet in the Arts Centre. After finishing her schooling Antoinette trained at the New Zealand School of Dance and then the National Theatre School in Melbourne. Antoinette was fortunate to have trained under Ann Jenner (ex principal of the Royal Ballet) Gary Norman and Joanne Michel (ex principals of the Australian Ballet) and Gailene Stock (current director of the Royal Ballet School in London) to name a few. In 1990, Antoinette was the winner of the inaugural New Zealand Ballet National Award, a prestigious competition. On finishing her training, Antoinette headed to Europe and danced with the Zurich Ballet in Switzerland. She had the opportunity to dance a large variety of roles including soloist roles but her favorites were the classics. Antoinette was fortunate to work with some well-known names in dance including current director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet Ethan Stiefel. Antoinette took a break from dance on returning to New Zealand until 6 years ago when she started up her own junior ballet school in Prebbleton. As the ballet school grew, so did the demands on Antoinette's time so at the end of last year Antoinette decided to discontinue with her own school so that she could focus primarily on teaching and  her family and working within the Southern Ballet environment has allowed her to do this. It has also allowed Antoinette to study another passion of hers - Pilates. Antoinette loves teaching and sets high standards which have seen her students attain excellent results.

Contemporary & Junior Jazz Tutor – Monique Nixon

Monique began dancing at the age of four in the fields of Ballet and Highland dancing. She then came to Southern Ballet as a student in 2002. She continued her ballet training and completed her Intermediate BBO exam with Honours in 2009. After doing jazz for 10 years and contemporary for 4 years, she has now successfully gained her Solo Performance Diploma in both disciplines. She has been a member of Southern Ballet’s Jazz Companies since they began in 2005 until present. Monique has been nominated for the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance (NZAMD) scholarships for both Jazz and Contemporary. In 2013 she attended the Okareka Dance Company’s summer school held in Auckland where she was awarded a scholarship to return to the summer school in 2014. Monique teaches Contemporary and Jazz at Southern Ballet.


Ballet & Flamenco Tutor - Maureen Coulter

ARAD, Registered Teacher RAD, MA, PhD, Lamda TCC, Post Grad. Teacher’s Certificate


Maureen Coulter operated her own dance school in Christchurch—the Maureen Perry School of Dance—for a number of years, teaching ballet and national dance at junior and senior level. Wishing to broaden her experience, Maureen studied at the University of Canterbury, ultimately graduating with a PhD that explored the image of the dancer as an aesthetic icon in French and Irish literature and drama.  While studying, she continued to teach ballet, Ballet History and Dance Aesthetics, free-lance and also taught at Southern Ballet before going to Hong Kong.

 Maureen recently returned from Hong Kong where she worked as a secondary school teacher for eleven years. During that time, she taught IGCSE English Literature and Drama, established Performing Arts programmes, and directed, choreographed and designed costumes for student musicals and various drama productions. She also spent one year as a part-time tutor in Dance Aesthetics and Dance History at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

 While in Hong Kong, Maureen pursued a lifelong interest in flamenco dance, studying and performing flamenco with the Clara Ramona Danza Flamenca school. She attended workshops with some of Spain’s top flamenco dancers such as Isaac De Los Reyes, Nino De Los Reyes, Miguel Angel Espino, Rosana Romero, Sofia Rodriguez and Triana Marciel-Prats.

 Now back in Christchurch, Maureen is thrilled to be able to bring her flamenco knowledge and experience to Southern Ballet students.

Junior Ballet Tutor - Amanda Ganev ABBO

Manager - Marion Champ

Marion is in attendance at the office from 11.00am to 6.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11.00am to 7.30pm Thursday, 9.00am to 1.00pm Saturday. She will answer any queries you may have. Marion is in charge of the office and has had vast experience is all fields of office work. You will find her most approachable and always willing to be of assistance.

Wardrobe - Amanda Montgomery

Full Time Pianist - Wayne Twohill
B.A, L.T.C.L.

Wayne Twohill30 years ago, Wayne started playing for ballet with Janice Squire in Thames. For the last 20 years, he has played for various schools in Christchurch and has played for R.A.D, B.B.O and Ceccetti during this time. Wayne is the resident pianist for the R.A.D in Christchurch & has recently played for highland dancing exams. Wayne has been a full time pianist at Southern Ballet since 2005. Wayne has also played and toured with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company as their travelling pianist for part of their NZ Tours on several occasions.