Your Teacher

Nina van der Plas

Principal and Founder of Free Spirit Dance & Music

Australia & New Zealand


With over 25yrs in dance and music, Nina has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share to those who are willing to learn and explore.

She received her first teachers certificate at age 14yrs, and received her first of two international Scholarships.  These scholarships were awarded by Randy Allaire (Principal dancer for Michael Jackson's BAD & Dangerous tours) and Billy Goodson (Choreographer for the Jackson 5 and Gloria Estefan)

Nina was a finalist in the National Dance Championships NZ.

Nina has had the pleasure of learning many dance styles, under the some amazing Mentors, including: Jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, funk, tap, theatre, Street Latin, and ballroom.  

Having being discovered as a natural talent, Nina went on to choreograph, 2 feature pieces for the opening of the Westpac Trust Centre in New Zealand, which offered an incredible performance in front of over 8500 people.

Some of Nina’s other achievements include the limited season of HAIR in Melbourne, debuting Oliver Newton-John’s daughter Chloe who was 16 at the time. Travelling through Thailand with British Club and music Icon Ministry of Sound for 6 months and performing at the Live 8 After party in London, Establishing Free Spirit Dance & Music Samba School, National conventions, State festivals, Corporate events, Producing and selling out aher very own and original Cabaret called “A night with the Mob” and much much more.

An exciting and captivating dancer, Nina cannot wait to share with you her experience and joy for dance with you.