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Libby Calder

1998 - 2002

For creating a vibrant and successful business combining her passion for dance and her entrepreneurial skills.


Academic Achievements :

 Libby attended Wellington Girls' College from 1998 to 2002. She was  one  of two lead choreographers for the Wellington Girls College winning entry for Stage Challenge in 2002. During her time at  Wellington Girls' College, Libby achieved an overall A for her Bursary  level studies. She won both the Alliance Francais Speaking Competition  and the Goethe Speaking Competition in 1999. After leaving the college, Libby completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree  With  Honours, with French and German majors, at Victoria University.

  Business Achievements:

 In 2001, at the age of 16, Libby Calder created Pump Dance Ltd, a highly successful Wellington based hip hop dance company.  Today there  are over 300 students and 14 dance instructors at Pump Dance Studios,  all of which are involved in competitions and performances throughout  New Zealand. Since 2001, Libby has regularly conducted hip hop dance workshops at schools and dance studios in Wellington. Libby has been involved in dance productions for Maori TV, What Now TV, The Fringe Festival, Cuba St Carnival, The Good Morning show and Top of the Pops. In 2008 she was named as a Lifestyle Ambassador for Mission On, promoting the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle while doing dance workshops in schools throughout New Zealand. 

 In 2008, Libby judged the  dance section of the Regional Stage Challenge competitions. She is  also a founding member of the all female dance crew, Infinite, who compete and perform regularly around Wellington.