Cameron Ballet Academy Faculty
Chrissy Cameron ARAD, RTS
Chrissy is a registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (London)
Born and raised in Auckland, Chrissy (nee Dowd) began her RAD Ballet training in Auckland under Jill Arkley, Rosemary Clark and Elaine Holland (RAD Vocational Examiner, UK).   She was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance and graduated with the Diploma in Dance Performance, encompassing both Classical and Contemporary dance. Chrissy performed in Wellington on many dance projects and she also created a niche market for herself in both modelling and television work.   Chrissy now has the greatest pleasure teaching young, aspiring dancers as Director of Cameron Ballet Academy. She is proud to teach alongside a dynamic team of expert tutors, who all share her love of Dance and Performance.
Jill Arkley ARAD, RTS
Jill is a registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (London).
Jill began her dance career in Tauranga under the guidance of Nancy Algar-Rowe examiner for the RAD. At the age of 16 she was awarded the John Todd Scholarship which allowed her to study at the New Zealand school of Dance in Wellington for two years. She then returned to Tauranga and then moved to Queensland where she first opened her own dance academy. On returning to New Zealand and moving to Auckland, Jill established the Auckland Academy of Dance where she was the director and a teacher for 28 years. Jill feels very privileged to have a career that she is so passionate about and loves to see the enjoyment and love of dance instilled in her pupils.
Lesley Bandy
Lesley trained in Auckland in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. At age 15 she went to the Scottish Ballet School in Edinburgh for a year and then onto the Royal Ballet School in London. She danced with the Royal Opera Ballet at Covent Garden, then at the Lido in Paris. Lesley has performed such classical ballet roles as Giselle & Queen of the Wilis (Giselle), Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker), Cinderella, Swanhilda (Coppelia), Odette (Swan Lake), La Sylphide, Don Quixote and Le Corsaire pas de deux, The Dying Swan, and the Glove Seller in Gaite Parisienne. In contemporary dance, she was fortunate to have many leading roles choreographed on her - Red Sun Rising, Lizzie Borden, American In Paris among others. Lesley was also a principal and adagio dancer in production shows, and modelled for Paco Rabanne in Paris.