Meet the Teachers

Anjannette Carnie

JDNZ Registered Teacher/20+ years experience/Specialises in Jazz Dance and Body Conditioning

Starting her dance training at the age of 6 with Ballet and then moving onto Jazz, Anjannette competed in local competitions in both these styles.  She completed the NZAMD syllabus to Advanced level, then moved on to the JDNZ syllabus and completed this to Advanced level also. During this time she began teaching classes within the dance school she attended and built this up to teaching several classes per week, gaining lots of experience and skills.  In 2005 after having 2 children, she launched Anjannette’s Academy of Modern Dance (AAMD) and has been growing this dance school successfully since then.


Ashleigh Willetts

JDNZ Registered Teacher/9 years experience/Specialises in Hip Hop

Ashleigh first started modern dance when she was 5 years old.  She completed the JDNZ syllabus to Advanced Level.  Ashleigh has been teaching for Anjannette's Academy of Modern Dance for 9 years with a focus on Hip Hop dance.  Ashleigh has a passion for hip hop and teaching children and adults of all ages.

Janelle Moody

Lyrical teacher/2 years experience/Specialises in Jazz, Latin, Ballroom, Hip Hop and Ballet

Currently studying Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at AUT.

Performance training


2011 - Dancer in Christmas in the Park, New Zealand

2012 – Leader of Avondale College Stage Challenge, 1st Place

2013 - Chicago, Chorus Member, Playhouse Theatre New Zealand

2014 - JDRF Charity Ball, Performed with Dance World Studios

          - Tiara Charity Ball, Performed with Dance World Studios

          - Sneak Preview and Curtain Call, Performed with Dance World Studios

2015 - Charity Fashion Ball - Model for Edgar San Diego Collection

          - Sneak Preview with Dance World Studios

          - Master’s of Choreography – The Ice Maiden By Daniel Ryan and Alfie Scalia



Dance Training


2005- 2011 Tops Dance Studio - Trained in Jazz, Latin American and Ballroom

                    - Level 4 Latin and Ballroom

                    - Teacher: Erica Gunn

2005 - 2012 Triple8funk Dance Company, Hip Hop Company

                  - Director: Joel Fuentes Gallarde

2011 - 2013 Rhythm'n'Steps - Intermediate and Advanced RAD Ballet

                 - Teacher: Helen Anderson

2014 - 2015 Dance World Studios, Advanced Diploma in Dance

Jessica Kelly

Jazz and Lyrical Teacher/4 years Trainee Teacher/Specialises in Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop.

Jessica has been dancing with AAMD since she was 5 years old and has proven herself to be an extremely proficient dancer in all styles of dance. She is also part of the Massey High School Dance Crew and had a lead role in their Stage Challenge performance in 2017. This crew also took out 1st place in 2016 at Gen-X Unleashed Arts Fusion Competition. As part of MHS’s Gig Crew, Jessica has also performed at the Langham Hotel for the Middlemore Hospital Annual Fundraiser in both 2016 & 2017. She has a real passion for dance and would like to make a career out of it when she has completed her school years.

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