Teaches: Hip Hop, Crew
Wayde has been dancing since 2002, has been teaching since 2012 — something he considers both a privilege and a joy, to be able to mentor others in the art he clearly loves.
He started dancing in South Auckland, New Zealand, in 2005 at his alma mater, Manurewa High. Since then, he has always loved the performing arts. He has traveled the world and competed in many competitions and danced in many showcases with different companies and crews:
- Triple8Funk Dance Company (Dancer)
- Dziah Dance Academy (Showcased at Culture Shock Atlanta 2008 & San Diego 2009)
- Dziah 2.0 (Crew, Hip Hop International finalists Las Vegas 2009 & 2010)
- Team Rockit (Choreographer/Dancer)
- Dance Central (Choreographer)
- DKC (Choreographer)
What got you into dance?
Family members that use to breakdance inspired me at a young age. Also, the community I grew up in and the school I went to, where performing arts was a big thing.
What has dance taught you about yourself, about life?
It’s taught me a lot about myself, and how to never give up when you are at your breaking point physically and mentally. It’s also taught me how to be a better, caring, stronger, more confident person — not only for myself but for the people and students around me.
What sports do you enjoy?
I try to be as active outside of dance as I can be. My favourite sport is basketball; I enjoy watching and playing even though I’m quite short. I Also play Oz-tag and I love Rugby, Tennis, and Soccer.
What is the most challenging thing about dance to you?
Learning other styles outside of Hip Hop is challenging for me since I’ve been doing Hip Hop for so many years. But I love the challenge and pushing my body to new limits so I can grow as a dancer.
If you could go back in time, what would advice would you give your younger self?
Try other styles and commit 100% — and also not to be afraid of failing.