making dancing dreams come true


Maxene Jeffares
B.Ed, Dip Tchg.
RAD Teachers Certificate (Distinction)
RAD Diploma, AISTD
Dip Modern Jazz and Tap (Distinction),
Former professional dancer NZAMD,ISTD
RAD registered Teacher.  National Adjudicator.
Maxene began dancing at the age of three. At the age of fifteen she was awarded a scholarship to train full-time at the “Brisbane Dance Centre”, Australia. She established her first dance school in Levin in 1993 and ‘Maximum Dance Zone’ in 2002 which continues to grow in Palmerston North today.In 1996 Maxene auditioned for a Sydney based company “Dance Encore” and was successful in gaining a place in a tour to Japan which was a highlight of her performance career.Maxene has been responsible for the Manawatu Cheerleading squad, choreography for Miss Manawatu and the tap items in the 2011 show of 42nd Street. She often adjudicates national dancing competitions.Maxene lives with her three boys. ‘Celebrating my 27th year of teaching in 2019, I am proud to be able to pass on my love of dance to children.We have an incredibly versatile staff ready to share our skills and extend and challenge the dancers at our studio”. Maximum Dance Zone boasts a 100% pass rate.
Kristina Beddis-McErlean
A.I.S.T.D Tap (Dist), Inter ISTD Modern, L6 Hip Hop.Kristina was a former student of Maxene’s. Kristina excelled in competition and examination work as a youngster. In 2007 Kristina was a finalist in the NZAMD Hip Hop Nominations. Kristina has a passion for Tap dance. She is a wonderful and encouraging teacher who also runs her own dance classes in Levin.
Emma Carey
Advanced 1 ISTD Modern and RAD Ballet.
RAD Grade 8 Ballet (distinction)
NZAMD SOLO contemporary.
Emma has been dancing since the age of 5, and hasn’t wanted to stop ever since. She started dancing at Maximum Dance Zone in 2009 (previously she was taught by Colleen wareen), and started teaching in 2011. In 2017 Emma was a part of the MDZ contemporary troupe ‘Mariella’ which made the top 12 finalists in NZ.  Emma enjoys sharing her passion and love for dance with the students, and encourages them to do the best that they can whilst having fun at the same time. Emma also continues her passion through choreography and performances in many of Palmerston North’s local theatre shows.  Emma graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Sport and exercise in 2017 and continues to promote healthy, active lifestyles through her full time job at sport Manawatu.
Associate 2009,
Associate Diploma 2012,Intermediate Ballet and Advanced 2 Tap and Modern.Chanel’s passion for dance started at a very young age. She started dancing with Gwenda Britten at the age of 7 and her teaching career with Hip hop at the age of 13 with Anoushka Vlcek. She has been teaching Hip-hop, Tap and Modern/Jazz at local dance schools in Palmerston North for the past 11 years. She also travelled to Sydney in 2006 where she danced at Urban Dance Centre, and has also danced in local theatre shows in Palmerston North.In May 2014 Chanel started her own Hip-hop classes named Fame*Us Street Dance. These Street Dance classes are very popular worldwide and Chanel is very proud to be one of the first to bring this style to Palmerston North. Other than dance, Chanel spends her free time with her partner and their son Ace-Marley and twin daughters Classic and Cavahli.  I am super excited to be sharing my passion of dance with Maximum Dance Zone.
Joanna Berrett
NZAMD Solo Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary.
Grade 8 and Adv.1 RAD Ballet.Jo has been dancing since the age of five and teaching since 2007. Dance has been such a huge part of her life and she loves every minute of it, especially teaching and watching other kids share the same joy and passion. Jo was an outstanding cast member in CATS in 2007. She has passed all RAD ballet exams up to Advanced 2 and has also gained Solo Seal Awards in Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop. Jo is an inspiring, talented and passionate teacher.  Jo was a part off (and responsible for the choreography) of the MDZ  ‘Mariella’ contemporary troupe which made it to the top 12 finalists in 2017 PACANZ – a huge achievement.
Emma Jane Skinner
Emma Jane
RAD CBTS, NZAMD jazz solo dip.
Emma-Jane began dancing at the age of 4 taking ballet first, followed by Jazz, hip hop, contemporary and tap. She has been teaching for 12 years and in 2015 completed her Royal Academy of Dance certificate in Ballet teaching studies. She ran her own studio in Pahiatua for 3 years and has enjoyed preparing students for exams, competitions and end of year shows. Ballet is her passion and she loves passing her knowledge on to the students.
Madeline McHardy
Madeline McHardy
Intermediate ISTD Modern Jazz, L5 Contemporary. Grade 7 RAD Ballet.
Madeline has been dancing since the age of 3, starting at Palmerston North School of Dance and joining Maximum Dance Zone in 2009, maintaining her love for dance throughout the years. Although she only teaches ballet, Madeline has grown up doing Jazz and Contemporary as well, loving the diversity of them all. Currently, Madeline is in her third year at Massey University studying to become a primary school teacher. She also helps out with the administration side of things within the dance school. Seeing other children develop their dancing skills while still enjoying what they do is her passion and she hopes to continue to pass on her dancing skills.

Madeline Morris-Rickard
Madeline Morris-Rickard
I have been dancing at MDZ since I was 3 years old, and have loved it. In 2018, I finished ISTD tap completing with advanced 2. I also learn hiphop. I dance at PNGHS and this year will be the head tutor of tap, which means I will be leading a school tap group too.
I’m looking forward to the exciting opportunities of teaching tap this year.
Kayla Wilton
Kayla Wilton
Qualifications:  RAD Intermediate Ballet & G8 Award (Dist.), ISTD Intermediate Modern jazz, NZAMD Hip Hop Solo & Contemporary Solo.
I have been dancing at maximum dance zone since I was 3 years old, and my love for dancing has grown more and more every year. I started with ballet and then took up jazz, contemporary and hip hop as I got older. I have previously been nominated for NZAMD hip hop scholarship (2016), NZAMD contemporary scholarship (2018) and I was a part of the contemporary crew that made it to PACANZ finals in 2017. I especially love the performance side of dance, I was in my first show ‘Grease’ in the beginning of 2018 and I am now part of the cast for ‘The Wedding Singer’ which is showing in early 2019. I absolutely love teaching others who share the same love and passion for dance as I do and I can’t wait to see what opportunities 2019 brings.
Marian Sun
Marian(Guest Teacher)
Qualifications: Adv 2 ISTD tap (dist), Adv 1 RAD Ballet,  Solo Hip Hop & Contemporary, Adv 1 ISTD modern.
Marian began dancing at the age of 3 at Maximum Dance Zone and has a true passion for dance. She has competed in many dance competitions throughout her years, with highlights being the PACANZ Tap Nationals in 2016 & 2018. In 2016 & 2017 she was nominated for the NZAMD hip hop scholarships.In 2018 she was nominated for the NZAMD Tap scholarships. In 2016 she was a cast member of the Palmerston North production of Cats, in 2018 she was in ‘Wicked’. In 2017 Marian was part of the MDZ contemporary troupe ‘Mariella’ which made the top 12 finalist in NZ. Marian is now studying at Universtiy in Auckland.
Chantelle Christensen
chantelle(Guest Teacher)
Qualifications: Adv. 2 RAD Ballet.
Former professional dancerChantelle began dancing at the age of four. Her inspirations were Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and she really wanted to be a tap dancer. However, the Ballet shoes and fairy skirts won and she started ballet. At sixteen she won a scholarship to attend Brisbane Dance Centre as a  full time student. She studied all aspects of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, singing and teacher training. After a successful audition Chantelle joined Sydney based company, ‘Dance Encore Productions’.  She spent almost five years with them performing shows in Australia, Korea, Japan and New Zealand.
Since coming back to New Zealand Chantelle has been involved in teaching and choreography for theatre shows, school productions, competitions and has really enjoyed all her teaching for Maximum Dance Zone.
Competition, Student & Assistant Teachers
Bart Andrews – Intermediate ISTD Modern, Hip Hop Solo award.
India Bos- Grade 8 RAD Ballet Award, Intermediate RAD Ballet, Intermediate ISTD Modern.
Amy White – Contemporary Solo award, Adv 1 ISTD Modern
Georgia Morris- Rickard – Intermediate RAD Ballet, Intermediate Foundation ISTD Modern, Elementary NZAMD Jazz.
Malissa Sun – Intermediate ISTD Tap (Dist). Intermediate Foundation RAD Ballet & ISTD Modern, L4 NZAMD Contemporary, L6 NZAMD Hip Hop Elementary NZAMD Jazz.

Principal: Maxene Jeffares-Greer B.ED, Dip Tchg,
Fully Qualified RAD, ISTD and NZAMD Teacher

0274 401 079 | max@maximumdance.co.nz
Studio 1: 46 Victoria Ave, Palmerston North    Studio 2: 188 Cuba Street                             Postal: 
P.O. Box 5506, Terrace End, Palmerston North 4441