Cameron Ballet Academy Faculty
Chrissy Cameron ARAD, RTS
Chrissy is a registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (London)
Born and raised in Auckland, Chrissy (nee Dowd) began her RAD Ballet training in Auckland under Jill Arkley, Rosemary Clark and Elaine Holland (RAD Vocational Examiner, UK).   She was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance and graduated with the Diploma in Dance Performance, encompassing both Classical and Contemporary dance. Chrissy performed in Wellington on many dance projects and she also created a niche market for herself in both modelling and television work.   Chrissy now has the greatest pleasure teaching young, aspiring dancers as Director of Cameron Ballet Academy. She is proud to teach alongside a dynamic team of expert tutors, who all share her love of Dance and Performance.
Jill Arkley ARAD, RTS
Jill is a registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (London).
Jill began her dance career in Tauranga under the guidance of Nancy Algar-Rowe examiner for the RAD. At the age of 16 she was awarded the John Todd Scholarship which allowed her to study at the New Zealand school of Dance in Wellington for two years. She then returned to Tauranga and then moved to Queensland where she first opened her own dance academy. On returning to New Zealand and moving to Auckland, Jill established the Auckland Academy of Dance where she was the director and a teacher for 28 years. Jill feels very privileged to have a career that she is so passionate about and loves to see the enjoyment and love of dance instilled in her pupils.

Tyler Johnston, ARAD, RTS

Tyler is in her last year of study to become a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (London). She began her RAD ballet training under Sandra Rainey, then went on to be trained by Heather and Melinda Palmer and Allan Barry. She was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance as a classical major. After being selected by Ethan Stiefel (RNZB artistic director at the time) she was able to take classes with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and join them for their season of Swan Lake in 2013. Tyler went on to explore ballet in Australia and Austria (Vienna) before coming back to New Zealand to begin her RAD teacher training. She feels incredibly greatful for the opportunity to teach at CBA and is loving getting to know such enthusiastic students.
Lily Ewing
Lily began her ballet training at the early age of 3 at the Auckland Academy of Dance, under Jill Arkley, Rosemary Clark, Chrissy Cameron and Carole Speirs. In 2003 she joined Mount Eden Ballet Academy, where she trained for 3 years under Melinda and Heather Palmer, and Alan barry, before being accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance for their 3 year intensive classical programme.
At the end of her first year, Lily danced the leading Sylph from an excerpt of La Sylphide for the 40th Anniversary Graduation Season at the Opera House in Wellington.
Prior to commencing her third year of training, Lily was invited to attend a secondment at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada ,as well as The Intensive Summer Programme at Houston Ballet School, Houston, Texas.
Throughout her time at NZSD, Lily was given the opportunity to travel to attend open classes with Queensland Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, School of Amercian Ballet and the Jeoffery ballet.
Half way through Lily’s third year, she was accepted into the professional programme at Houston Ballet.
On returning home to Auckland, Lily has since been involved in coaching aspiring dancers, and preparing them for full time training both in Australia and New Zealand.
Lily is now a qualified Interior Designer, managing residential and commercial projects throughout New Zealand.
Jessica Opacic

Born in Auckland, Jessica Opacic ARAD studied RAD Ballet, JDNZ Jazz and BAL Tap until she moved to Melbourne to further her dance education as a full-time student. During these studies, Jessica was offered a contract with Black Grace Dance Company and joined them for their 2007 tour of their work 'Amata' before completing her qualification.

Jess’s qualifications include a Diploma in Dance (Performance), Certificate 3 and 4 in fitness and a Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies (Distinction) with the RAD.

Jess has worked extensively with The Australian School of Performing Arts, toured internationally through Europe, America and Hong Kong as choreographer for the Australian Girls’ Choir and with Aboriginal Youth in remote towns in Australia. 

Jess is an approachable and committed dance teacher with a particular love for classical and contemporary ballet and believes the arts are a vital aspect of education. Her dedication to fostering young dancers had led her to join Meghan Rowe with a joint vision of providing performance opportunities for young dancers in a collaborative environment through their youth company The Classical Collab.

She is delighted to be part of the wonderful nurturing team at Cameron Ballet Academy.