Meet The Team
Founder & CEO
Suzanne is the extreme Ballet enthusiast and founder of Ballet.Culture.
At the age of 4, Suzanne attended her first Ballet lesson. This was where her dream of becoming a Ballet Teacher began.
In July 2019, Suzanne founded Ballet.Culture. Her aim was to create an environment that welcomes people from all backgrounds to learn the wonderful benefits of Ballet, in an empowering and fun way.
Suzanne is a qualified Ballet teacher with The Imperial Classical Ballet (ISTD), but also has a working knowledge of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus and is a registered teacher with BBO Dance. She uses her experience to create and choreograph classes that reflect technique, poise and passion.
Suzanne's qualifications go beyond Ballet, as she is also a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. This provides her with the knowledge to guide little ones and encourage movements beneficial for their development.
Suzanne teaches the Ballet.Culture: Otumoetai classes and is responsible for all administration and planning.
Lesh started dancing when she was 7 years old. Starting in American Jazz and Ballet, later moving on to American Tap and Hip Hop.
When Lesh turned 18 she started Contemporary Dance, which she continued until moving to Hamilton to attend University. In Hamilton she had the amazing opportunity to be a cheerleader for the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup.
Over the last two years, Lesh has focused exclusively on Ballet and has accomplished many of her goals through Ballet.Culture.
Lesh has experience as an Early Childhood Education Teacher, which gives her a wonderful working knowledge of children's developmental abilities and the importance of learning movements through dancing.
Lesh teaches the Ballet.Culture: Maungatapu and Ballet.Cutlure: Arataki classes.
Performing Arts Specialist
LeRoi has had a passion for performing, since the age of 4.
When LeRoi attended the Lady Grey Arts Acadamy, he got his first pair of Ballet shoes. He loved them so much, that he hardly took them off.
After moving to New Zealand with his family in 2003,
LeRoi studied at Wellington Performing Arts Centre before going to NASDA in Christchurch, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Performing Arts.
Since gaining his qualification, LeRoi has performed in many productions and is currently touring New Zealand for his role as Marty in Madagascar the Musical.
LeRoi teaches the Ballet.Culture: Performing Arts classes. He will also teach on a casual basis where needed.