Former Director – The Dance Connexion American Jazz Dance School Auckland NZ

Registered Dance Teacher for LA Dance Academy, USA & South Pacific Region

Freelance American Jazz Dance Teacher:

  • NZ – Unitec Performing Screen Arts Degree Course & Community Programme Course
  • British Ballet Organisation –  Open Jazz Teacher Australasian Concourse
  • Black Grace Dance Company
  • Dance Dimensions
  • Mary Evers Dance Centre
  • Auckland Performing Arts School
  • DANZ – Dance Education & Training for schools

Freelance Choreographer – Music Videos, Solo Entertainers & Groups. Clients include:

  • “When The Cats Away” – EMI/Capital Music NZ Ltd
  • “The Pop Tarts” Tina Cross, Jackie Clarke & Kim Willoughby, NZ
  • “Them 2” – Ministry Of Sound, UK
  • Yes Events, London UK
  • Schwarzkopf Modelling Show – Aotea Centre, Auckland NZ
  • Intel – Product Launch South Pacific
  • Alouette – Make Up Product Lauch NZ
  • Jack Strom Show – Melbourne, Australia
  • Tina Turner & Aretha Franklin Tribute Acts, NZ
  • ATI – Modelling Show, Sky City Theatre, NZ
  • Epiphany, NZ
  • “Battle Of The Divas” – London
  • Media Training – Stevie Lange Studios London
  • Rietta Austin Dance Company (RADCO) NZ

Musical Theatre:

  • “Respect La Diva” Worldwide Premier, West End London
  • “Bright Lights Big City” London Premier – Coma Baby & Dance Ensemble”Jesus Christ Superstar” Australasian Tour – Dance Captain
  • “CATS” Australasian Tour, 3 Roles & Dance Swing
  • “Meatworks” NZ Tour – Dance Captain
  • “Chicago” – Role of Roxie Hart (lead dance role), NZ
  • Dance Training: Advanced Diploma American Jazz Dance Academy – Graduated with Honours
Nine Years Classical
  • Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
  • British Ballet Organisation (BBO)
  • Sandra duPlat School of Dance
  • Vivienne Thompson Dance School
Ten Years Jazz
  • Los Angeles Dance Academy, USA
  • Roland Dupree Dance School (LA, California, USA)
  • Edge Performing Arts School (LA, California, USA)
  • LA Danceforce (USA & NZ Affiliation)
  • Broadway Dance Centre (New York, USA)
  • Pineapple (London, UK)
  • Danceworld (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 301 & Colours (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Mary Evers Dance Centre (NZ)

Vocal Tutor & Media Training

With a wealth of experience, Rietta Austin has trained with some of the top vocal coaches worldwide including Stevie Lange – UK (also assistant vocal coach for Stevie) Robbie Williams, Lulu, Rita Ora, Atomic Kitten & Blue’s vocal coach;  Cheryl McLeay – USA, Christine Sullivan – Australia, in various techniques. Rietta is currently a vocal coach for Universal Publishing UK, taught as a guest teacher at the The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance London and has coached some of X-Factor contestants including “The Dolly Rockers”.

Combining the best approaches of various techniques, she customises each individual lesson to suit the strengths and weaknesses of the student.

With a huge range of backing tracks, you can take your track away to practise to. We can record you singing your songs to take home and you can even use the recordings as demo’s.  Lesson’s can be videoed by request and a customised practise plan will be emailed to you so that you can refer to what you have learnt time and time again.

Trained in Los Angeles as a dancer and former director of an Australasian dance/stage school Rietta, in addition, can help with movement and choreography.   Performance coaching is her speciality.

A trained actor appearing on Television and Film, Rietta has vast experience in all performing arts and has been used as a coach by TVNZ.

All ages, levels, individuals and groups welcome. Techniques covered include:

  • BASIC & PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUE
  • THE ART OF LIVE PERFORMANCE
  • MICROPHONE TECHNIQUE
  • BECOMING A SESSION VOCALIST
  • HOW TO GET GIGS & VOCAL WORK
  • VOCAL RECOVERY SESSIONS
  • INCREASING RANGE & VOCAL STAMINA
  • PREPARATION FOR AUDITIONS
  • SONGWRITING DEVELOPMENT
  • MOVEMENT / CHOREOGRAPHY
  • MEDIA TRAINING
  • STUDIO ETIQUETTE & RECORDING TECHNIQUES