NZDA Adjudicators

In 2020 we continue to bring leading industry professionals to the New Zealand Dance Awards. Each adjudicator is a leader in their field and it will be great for dancers to experience this further through their workshops. The New Zealand Dance Awards prides itself on the level of adjudicators that we source both Nationally and Internationally to further enhance the opportunities for our dancers all over New Zealand. New Zealand Dance Awards aims to bridge the gap between Competitions and the Industry.

Turanga Merito

Turanga graduated from University of Auckland School of Creative & Performing Arts in 2001 and from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy New York in 2007.

Turanga works professionally in live theatre, television and music, as a vocalist, vocal coach, actor, dancer and choreographer. He has appeared in a number of musicals in Australia including Chess, West Side Story, High School Musical Live and in the part of Simba in the Lion King. He has been backing vocalist for the likes of Marcia Hines, Guy Sebastion and Stan Walker.

He has worked with X Factor Australia and New Zealand as a vocal coach and choreographer. Since 2011 he has been head choreographer for Coca Cola Christmas in the Park. Turanga is currently based in Rotorua, where he is Artistic Director of Lakes Performing Arts Company.

Ange McKellar (Westerby)

Dance Teacher /Choreographer. Jazz, Broadway, Tap

Ange discovered her passion for dance growing up in New Zealand, where she was fortunate to have some inspirational teachers who helped guide her passion in the right direction. She has trained in and completed exams in Ballet (RAD) Tap (BBO and NZAMD) and Jazz (NZAMD and AJDA). She gained a lot of experience dancing in competitions, performing in troupes and musical theatre shows. At the age of 19 Ange followed her passion, moved over to Melbourne and completed a full-time year of Performing Arts at Bartuccios Dance and Performing Arts Centre.

Since graduating Ange has gone on to perform on numerous television shows such as In Melbourne Tonight, the Footy Show, Hey Hey it’s Saturday, Sale of the Century, Battle of the Sexes, Neighbours and as a featured role on The Strip (NZ). She has also performed in corporate floorshows, Grand Prix events, and Warner Bros shows, fashion shows, music videos, touring dance shows, The Lord of the Rings premieres (NZ) and The International Rugby Sevens opening and closing ceremonies (NZ). In 2000 Ange was one of the first recipients of an LA Danceforce scholarship to The Edge in Los Angeles and spent 3 months there in 2001 gaining valuable knowledge from inspiring teachers and industry choreographers. Upon returning to New Zealand Ange took on roles in Musical Theatre shows such as Anything Goes, Razzle Dazzle, Jesus Christ Superstar, Ovation, Another Right Royal Gala and in 2004 played the role of Jan in Grease, which was a definite highlight.

Ange has choreographed numerous corporate events in both New Zealand and Australia, choreographing for International rugby tests, the International Rugby Sevens, Stage Shows, Catwalk Theatre for the L’Oreal Fashion week, performances for the Kids foundation charity ball, Wakkakerri, My Room Charity ball and The Royal Melbourne Show. She was one of the resident choreographers for the Hurricanes Super 14 rugby
team dancers in Wellington for 3 years.

Ange moved back to Australia in 2008 and in 2009 took on the role of Dance School Manager at Jason Colemans Ministry of Dance. Ange has been in very high demand as a teacher, choreographer and adjudicator
throughout Australia and New Zealand and loves being able to teach at workshops and seminars.

Ange has now moved back home to Wellington, New Zealand and is working with the full time Commercial Dance students at Te Auaha, (Whitireia Performance Centre). She is really excited to be teaching and working with the new generation of dancers and performers and to pass on her knowledge and passion for dance and the industry.