Meet our Medal Test adjudicators
We're excited to have 2 adjudicators this year -
Kristie Williams + Jessica Toatoa
Kristie will be with us on Saturday, and Jess will be joining us on Sunday.
Kristie started dancing soon after she started walking, and was competing in Tap, Ballet, and Jazz at the age of two. Training under the renowned Raewyn Burgess, Kristie's specialty and love was always Tap Dance. Kristie won many Scholarships and Championships over the years with her highlight being the prestigious Noel Burnett Tap Award at age 15, followed by making finals at the NZ Young Performer of The Year Awards that same year.
After becoming a Candy Lane Dancer Kristie performed on TV ONE’s Stars in their Eyes, the 2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards, the opening of the 2008 Netball World Cup, and was a Honey Bee on the Singing Bee Television Show as well as various other shows and corporate events throughout New Zealand.
In 2007 at age 17, Kristie decided she would like to train in Ballroom and Latin dance. In her first year she won an Australian New Vogue title, and in 2008, won both a Latin and Ballroom title at the New Zealand Dancesport Nationals. At age 19 after only 2 years of training, Kristie was chosen as one of the Professional Dancers in the 2009 version of Dancing with the Stars NZ partnering with Chris Hobbs. To date, she is the youngest Professional Dancer to have been chosen for this. Kristie has also gone on to partner Colin Mathura-Jeffree, Zak Franich, and Mike McRoberts.
Turning Professional and partnering her husband Jonny Williams in Ballroom, Latin and New Vogue Kristie has represented NZ in Australia, Japan, China, and the USA, placed 6th in the Asian Pacific World Cup, and became 2nd in the World for New Vogue, they have also been NZ Professional National Titleholders for Ballroom, Latin and New Vogue throughout this time before retiring from competing in 2016.
Kristie has been teaching all levels of Tap and Jazz for the past 17 years with many of her students achieving final and semi-final placings at PACANZ, she has also been teaching Ballroom, Latin, and New Vogue for the past 10 years training many NZ and Australian champions along with their Formation Team becoming NZ Champions for the past decade which has seen the team being invited to travel and represent NZ in the Australian WDC AL opening in Sydney and to perform at the Holiday Dance Classic in Las Vegas.
Jessica has been a radiant force in the New Zealand dance industry from a young age, after training her technical talent at Norris Studios. Competing internationally at such a high level in Jazz and Contemporary dance led her to join The Palace Dance Studio to hone her hip-hop and street dance skills, being scouted by Parris Goebel as the youngest member of ReQuest Dance Crew and emerging as one of the most versatile and well-rounded performers in New Zealand.
Since working in the industry, Jessica has performed in the shows ‘SYNTHESIS’ and ‘DUALITY’ with Momentum Productions choreographers Kayla Paige and Andrew Cesan, and undertaken many commercial jobs throughout New Zealand.
In 2019 Jessica decided to take her training further and successfully auditioned for widely recognised American Choreographer Dana Foglia’s 3-month mentorship in Los Angeles. After completing the mentorship and returning back home, Jessica dove straight into the application process for a working US Visa and travelled back to LA later that year to audition for C pop superstar Jolin Tsai’s “Ugly Beauty World Tour”. The Creative Directors for this big job opportunity “The Squared Division” hand-picked Jessica as one of the 16 principal dancers cast for the tour; which also granted her the US working visa for the next 3 years.
Recently Jessica travelled to Taipei to continue shows for ‘The Ugly Beauty World Tour’ and Los Angeles where she also performed in the critically acclaimed ‘Savage X Fenty’ fashion show, curated by Rihanna and choreographed by Parris Goebel.