About Us


Evolve Performing Arts Centre (EPAC) is a brand new performing arts centre based in Palmerston North and Dannevirke. It is a collaboration between Amy Macdonald-Te Huki and Ashleigh Hoera who have 25 years of teaching experience between them.


Ashleigh and Amy strive to share their passion for dance with all of their pupils. Amy is a Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and New Zealand Association of Modern Dance (NZAMD) registered teacher and Ashleigh holds her Licentiate Certificate with the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance (NZAMD).


Dance is a great way to express yourself and have fun while developing many skills and strong discipline. Whether dance is a hobby or a career goal Evolve has a place for everyone.

Ashleigh Hoera



Ashleigh began dancing at the age of three with the Macdonald School of Dance taking several forms of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Contemporary. In 2011 she auditioned successfully for “The Space” in Melbourne where she pursued her dance training and was soon a teaching staff member.


While training in Melbourne Ashleigh was asked to join “Hollabak Dance Crew” and performed at many different events in Australia. On her return to N.Z. she taught for The Macdonald School of Dance. At the beginning of 2015 she joined forces with Amy Macdonald Te Huki and opened Evolve Performing Arts Centre.

Amy Macdonald Te Huki



Amy danced from the age of five to advanced level with Miss Joan Irvine QSM. As a teenager she taught for Miss Irvine and later took over her sister’s dance school in Waipukurau. After doing her OE in 1997 she returned to N.Z. to complete the first of her teachers exams. She opened her own school in 2002 after some further years of teaching for Miss Joan Irvine.


She has teaching accreditation with the Royal Academy of Dance, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance. Her music (Pianoforte) exams have all been taken with Trinity College (London) and the Royal Schools of Music.

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