Our Faculty

Korrin Laker: Studio Owner: Ballet, Tap, Private lessons
Hi everyone my name is Korrin Laker. I am currently a full-time teacher at Maraetai Beach School and owner of The Dance Corner.
Since I was three I spent most of my time in a dance studio. Completing all NZAMD dance exams in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tap and contemporary. During my 30years as a dancer, I have had endless experiences, participating in workshops, choreographing dances and performing in recitals, events and musical shows.
When I was 14 I had the opportunity to teach dance at my childhood dance studio Stewart Dance Studios where I started my career and passion for teaching dance.  Since then I have never stopped teaching and was able to teach in dance studios around Auckland. I enjoyed teaching so much that I got a bachelor in education and became a primary school teacher where I enjoy teaching dance in the classroom.
When I was 27 I had my first child Daphne and decided to start a dance school where we lived so that she could enjoy the love of dance.  Seven years later and two more children The Dance Corner has turned into a wonderful dance family with 5 amazing teachers.  I am so proud of our amazing dance community here in Maraetai!
They call it Dance I call it life!

Maylene Plummer: Competition Private lessons
Maylene Plummer Bringing over 40 years of dance performance and training to her role as choreographer/teacher Maylene reveres the art of dance and her favourite genre is musical theatre. A dancer, performer and teacher she brings professional knowledge and skill in jazz, tap, and cabaret performance - something she looks forward to sharing.Highlights of her dance career include choreographing Chicago for Playhouse Theatre 2013, choreographing a segment on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, performing at Burgundys Theatre restaurant, managing and choreographing the SKYCITY cheer team, launching Kids Theatre Company and dancing in ‘Mystique’ – a Las Vegas production during its New Zealand Tour.  
Maylene trained in NZAMD Jazz and Tap completing all by 1984. She then relocated to Los Angeles in 1986 studying both dance and cheerleading before returning to NZ to complete an Arts/Education degree at Auckland University and taking the opportunity to keep her performance skills up at Burgundys. In 1997 she took her talents to the UK, training for 2 years with Pineapple Studios. On her return she was hired as a dance team cheerleader and then manager/choreographer for SKYCITY’s dance cheer team. In 2001, she moved to New York City where she completed an International Dance Certificate at Broadway Dance Centre.  Since her return to NZ she shared her skills in Broadway choreography running dance workshops throughout the North Island, teaching Musical Theatre at the NZ Performing Arts School.  Over the last 3 years she has loved being part of Pohutakawa Coast’s community and been seen around teaching kapahaka, musical theatre and senior dance fit.

Sara Brewer: Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary
Sara is a teacher at The Dance Corner and a year 13 student at Howick College. She has loved to dance from a  very young age and has been devoted to dancing for seven years now. Sara has previously sat exams for grades in NZAMD and is currently doing intermediate in jazz, level four in contemporary and elementary in ballet. After helping warm up students for their classes and play games with them at the end, she has grown to become very passionate about teaching dance and helping students to improve. Sara has experience in helping students prepare for their exams, polishing dances for both productions and competitions and has recently choreographed dances for our annual productions.

Rinata Clooney: Hip Hop
Heya! My names Rinata and I’m 24 years old. I am a former dancer from Norris Studios and have been dancing since I was 4. I started out with Jazz and completed all my NZAMD exams up to Advanced. I started Hip Hop when I was 14 and loved it.
I was a part of Insseption Dance Crew from 2012-2014 and competed in SDNZ (Street Dance New Zealand) and made it to Nationals. We also competed over in Australia in 2013. I now have 2 children who are aged 3 and 1 and most of my time is now spent with them as well as working full time. I’m super excited to start teaching at TDC and can’t wait to make dancing magic with you all!

Louise Dexter: Intro to Dance Monday, Pre Grade Jazz
Sara is a teacher at The Dance Corner and a year 13 student at Howick College. She has loved to dance from a  very young age and has been devoted to dancing for seven years now. Sara has previously sat exams for grades in NZAMD and is currently doing intermediate in jazz, level four in contemporary and elementary in ballet. After helping warm up students for their classes and play games with them at the end, she has grown to become very passionate about teaching dance and helping students to improve. Sara has experience in helping students prepare for their exams, polishing dances for both productions and competitions and has recently choreographed dances for our annual productions.

Rinata Clooney: Hip Hop
Rinata Clooney

Lily Moore: Musical Theatre
Lily has had a passion for dance since the day she was born, now 14 years old she still loves it just as much and still cannot stop moving. ( Often  driving her mum just a little bit insane) Lily has been dancing with Korrin for many years now, specialising in Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and especially Hip Hop! She is so excited and honoured to be teaching so many fabulous students at The Dance Corner. Aside from constant dancing in and outside of school, Lily is incredibly passionate about acting, musical theatre and singing. Lily loves to teach and can't wait to share her knowledge and love of dance.

Louise Dexter: Intro to Dance, Jazz
Louise has danced since she was a child and completed all NZAMD and AJA exams to level Advance in Jazz as well as NZAMD exams in Ballet + Tap.  She competed in troupe competitions with her dancing school’s Performing Group for many years. Louise then went on to dance professionally for 10 years with the SKYCITY Cheer Team, Vodafone Warriors Cheer Team and a dance production company for a number of commercial tv, sports and corporate events. Now Louise is enjoying teaching our pre-grade jazz classes for this past year with The Dance Corner