Okiwi trained under the watchful eye of JK Danceworks. Okiwi trained in all styles of dance receiving his Solo Seal Diploma and Teachers Cert with NZAMD Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary. Completed Glen Wood Tap exams as well as RAD Ballet Exams.
Okiwi comes from a Musical Theatre Background after training at The National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA) In Christchurch, in the past having the opportunity to be apart of Musicals such as
2012 "RENT" (Role: Angel) - Sunshine Coast Performers
2011 “CATS” (Role: Macavity, Bill Bailey)- NASDA Production
2011 “Mother Courage” (Role: Swiss Cheese) NASDA Production
2011 "42nd St" (Role: Company) NASDA Production
2011 “The Music Man” (Role: Tommy Djilas) NASDA Production
2010 "Curtains" (Role: Company) NASDA Production
2010 “Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat ” (Role: Company ) Showbiz Christchurch
2009 “Miss Saigon” (Role: Company) Showbiz Christchurch
2009 “ASB Classical Sparks” (Role: Company) Showbiz Christchurch
2006 " High School Musical" Impact Production
Okiwi has had many Choreography, Performance and Teaching credits including; National Young Performer of the Year Awards, PACANZ, Finalist, Cancer Society New Zealand Benefit Gala – Dance captain, Showcase National Dance Championships – Battle of the Countries New Zealand Representative, NZAMD Intermediate Boys Combo Demonstrator, ASB Classical Sparks Chant et Danse, The Aura Burnett Winner, The Auckland Caledonian Competition Society, “Winter Extravaganza” - Reg Prom Australia, New Zealand's Winter Debut, “Summer Fun” - Reg Pro Australia, New Zealand Summer Debut, Pitch – CPIT Fashion Schools Fashion Week, Christchurch City counsels New Year Countdown, Showtime Productions “Carnival Cabaret Group”
Okiwi aims to bring forward what he learned from his training and professional career to each and every student that he crosses paths with. Okiwi also does work with Local Musical Theatre Companies with Choreographing Shows and Routines for Trinity Singing and Drama exams. With his knowledge of the performing arts, dance and acting industry, he will use this to benefit all students. Teaching all students the importance of professionalism inside and outside of the studio, giving the students local, national and International opportunities to perform and work with choreographers/friends within the industry. This is a big focus at Empire and for Okiwi, he strives for every student to be employable in any field that their future may take them.