Meet the Glow Team!
Studio Glow was born of the idea that everyone needs to find their glow, because they deserve it!
Each day Studio Glow is growing with more on offer and a passionate team of ladies that deliver services with that fabulous glow attached. We believe in building strong women who glow from the inside out and we deliver on that - just ask a Glow Girl when you see one!
Abby Strong (nee Dutton) - Company Director, Professional Dancer, Personal Trainer, Glow Group Fitness Instructor
Abby is a classically-trained professional dancer, growing up in Hamilton passionate and immersed in everything dance. She then went on to gain a Diploma of Musical Theatre and Dance Teaching qualifications after 2 years full-time training at the Apollo Theatre School in Auckland. She has travelled the world extensively onboard cruise liners and danced in the Bollywood Film Industry in India.
Throughout her careers, highlights include, role of Dance Educator for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Guest teaching, Adjudicating at dance competitions nationwide, Choreographing competitor routines and show work, Super Rugby Cheerleading, Managing and Instructing at several performing arts workshops, and mentoring young, upcoming performers on the Dance Industry.
Following study in the fitness industry while working abroad, Abby is a Registered Personal Trainer and Group Fitness instructor with a great passion for holistic wellness and the fitness industry. Dance, Fitness and Beauty are Abby’s passions and she believes there is huge power in finding exactly what makes you glow.
Whether under the lights, in a layer of perspiration or in the shade of bronze, all that matters is that you find YOUR GLOW. Studio Glow is where you head to do just that.
Tess Benseman - Glow Tap, Jazz & Musical Theatre Instructor
Tess has nearly 20 years dance experience, specialising in Jazz and Tap.
She grew up in local dance studios completing exams in Jazz (NZAMD and AJDA) and Tap (BAL and AJDA), as well as learning performance based work in a range of other styles.
Throughout this time Tess spent a lot of time performing with local dance groups around the Waikato at various events and shows.
Tess has been teaching dance for 8 years, to a wide range of ages and levels. She has taught a range of classes including syllabus work, workshops, open adult classes, performance work and tertiary tuition. Tess has gained a wealth of knowledge from dance mentors and various teaching conferences and workshops, and in 2019 completed her AJDA Tap Teaching Certificate.
Tess also has a passion for Musical Theatre and singing, plus a new found love for choreographing musicals. Her recent work in local theatre with Musikmakers saw her Choreograph Aladdin Jr and Annie Jr, and she hopes to add to this list.