The Sara Anderson School of Dance is a Christchurch based dance school that started in 2011 after Sara was offered the opportunity to start her own school.
From originally teaching just two days per week Miss Sara and Miss Meri now offer classes six days per week in our own dedicated dance studio located at 62 Orbell Street, Sydenham. There are two dance studios with sprung dance floors to maximise our dancers' comfort and minimise the chance of any injuries.
They teach students a love of dancing from the age of three years through to adults. All classes are taught in a professional, friendly environment at 62 Orbell Street, the home of this Christchurch dance school.
About Miss Sara
Director, bbodance Ballet & Preschool Classes
Sara began dancing at five years of age and started full time training at the National Ballet School at 16 years old. Receiving both her Advanced RAD and Solo Seal BBO examinations Sara also performed in many productions, including Don Quixote and Les Sylphide with Julie Kent, Peter Pan (Canyon Concert Ballet) as well as numerous Operas and local dance productions.
After being taught by Ann Judson, Russell Kerr QSM and the late Sheryl Robinson, Sara graduated with a diploma in Classical Ballet. This lead to her touring and dancing around America.
Upon her return to New Zealand Sara studied the Pilates method where she trained many prominent sporting and business people. During this time Sara became the Pilates tutor at Hagley Dance Company, a position that she held for 10 years, and later also their ballet tutor.
In 2007, Sara married her partner Mark and later that year the first of two children arrived, she then began teaching again. It was then that Sara decided to further her knowledge and begin to learn more about passing on the art.
In 2015, Sara received her bbodance Level 4 Teaching Diploma and is currently studying for her Level 5 Diploma. Due to this study, Sara is now an examiner for the bbodance organisation where she gets to tutor and examine around the country and in Australia.
Sara believes that improving her own knowledge about dance and the art of teaching benefits her students, helps them to achieve and be the best that they can be.
About Miss Meri
Jazz, Contemporary & Musical Theatre
Meri Bonet was born in Barcelona and graduated from Barcelona’s Coco Comin Academy of Musical Theatre. After graduating she continued her dance training in Barcelona, New York and Buenos Aires, combining both of her passions, dancing and travelling. She has worked as a dancer, actress and choreographer in opera, theatre, cinema and television in Spain, Japan and the U.K. Meri’s debut performance was with the Opera Pardifal, carried out by Placido Domingo.
Meri went on to develop her professional career in Liceo House in Barcelona where she participated in productions of Manon Lescaut, Tannhauser, Carmen, La Boheme, The Marriage of Figaro and La Traviata for more than ten years. Meri has also worked in The Royal Theatre in Madrid, Scottish Opera dancing La Traviata on tour and the Welsh National Opera performing in La Cenerentola and La Traviata on tour around the U.K. and most recently at the Royal Opera House in London performing War and Peace.
Meri has worked with many international companies including la Roda productions, Slam Dancing Company, Willy Dormer Company (Bodies on Urban Spaces), Iguana Events Productions as well as performing for brands such as Mobile World Congress, RCF Espanol, Gran Casino Barcelona, Elite Models, Renault and Mango.
Meri has extensive choreography experience creating works for festivals, events, videoclips, dance competitions and theatre shows. She has won multiple awards for her choreography for various theatre productions and dance competitions in Spain.
Meri loves to combine her professional career with teaching dance and has over fifteen years of experience teaching jazz, contemporary and commercial dance in Barcelona.
Her dance classes focus on technique, body awareness and flexibility, moving beyond the steps to allow each dancer to find their connection with breath, emotion, energy, style and passion. Meri’s classes are a safe, fun and dynamic dance environment where all students can be themselves.