Phoenix Dance Studios

with Aaron Gilmore

Dance Classes, Private Lessons and Corporate Entertainment Services with 2x Dancing With The Stars Champion Aaron Gilmore.

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough
— Albert Einstein

Aaron Gilmore. Owner & Director of Phoenix Dance.

Born just out of Christchurch, Aaron is a pretty typical Kiwi fella. Except for one thing: instead of getting into more mainstream sports, 33 years ago he started dancing. First with Irish, but finding it too hard not to move his arms, it didn't last long. So; at the age of 9, it was off to Ballroom and Latin American dance lessons (his mother wanted him to learn the wedding waltz for the eldest of his three sisters' coming marriage). At first it took a bit of persuasion but he soon began to love it. 

A Dancing with the Stars veteran, Aaron returns to the show this year with celebrity partner, Nadia Lim. The Christchurch born father of two is now based in Auckland with his two children, Ethan and Grace. Aaron took out the second season of Dancing With The Stars NZ, alongside Lorraine Downes, and last year partnered with NewsHub’s Samantha Hayes as they sashayed their way into the number one spot and secured the coveted glitterball trophy.


Kimberley Hill - Teacher, Performer and Magic Mum

Kimberley has worked as a professional dancer for over 15 years, dancing commerically for NZ’s top dance entertainment companies; performing for many large scale events and shows as well as dancing in various film and television productions. She was a long standing member of the Sky City Cheerteam and a NZ Breaker Girl. Now a busy mum, Kimberley gets her dance fix through teaching Dance and Dance Fitness Classes. 

Professional Dancer, Certified 'Jungle Body' Instructor, Barre Fitness Instructor, a Diploma in Fitness Training, and a Magic Mother to two lovely little fellas. What a great asset to the Phoenix team.