Andy Manning



Gemma is the principal of the ‘That Dance Studio’ in Christchurch. She also teaches at NASDA and The Anneliese Gilberd Academy. She started dancing at the age of 8 learning jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary and hip hop.

After high school she studied contemporary full time for two years at Hagley Dance Company under the guidance of Sheryl Robinson. In 2005 she was invited into secondment with Raewyn Hill’s professional contemporary company for her show ‘Angels with Dirty Feet’

She then moved to Sydney to study full time dance and performing arts at ED5 International. After her graduation she performed in shows throughout Australia and New Zealand with a highlight being performing three weeks of shows in Dubai. She was also a dancer for the “Countdown Spectacular” reunion shows in Australia.

On moving back to Christchurch, she was assistant to the choreographer in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and was performer/dance captain for Hairspray for Showbiz Christchurch. She has choreographed and performed in Coco Cola Christmas in the Park 2010 – 2018. Gemma also performed in and was dance captain for Legally Blonde the Musical in the Court Theatres 2016/17 season.

Gemma absolutely loves choreographing and has choreographed dances for her pupils and herself that have achieved success throughout New Zealand and Australia. A major highlight in her career was being the choreographer for Showbiz Christchurch’s 2019 season of We Will Rock You.