Resident Choreographer

Liesl Eksteen graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Dance) at Whitireia Performance Centre in 2014. She is now the Lead Tutor running the Commercial Dance course at Te Auaha Institute of Creativity, Wellington.

Having trained in dance all her life, Liesl succeeded as a professional company dancer using her talents to travel the world choreographing and performing in numerous television shows, corporate floorshows, music videos and musicals. Living in London for two years, Liesl was able to expand her opportunities by teaching and performing in the UK. She was then given the opportunity to move to India for a six-month Bollywood dance contract working with world class choreographers in Bollywood movies, music videos and VIP events.

Liesl now enjoys passing her knowledge on to others. As the lead tutor of Commercial Dance, she teaches, choreographs, directs performances, mentors, works administrations and is involved in networking the students into the industry during their studies. Liesl still involves herself in New Zealand-based performances such as performing in World of Wearable Arts, touring shows and local corporate work. She is thrilled to be the Resident Choreographer for Madagascar The Musical and to be working alongside their wonderful creative team.