Rise is a new and exciting singing and dancing group of young people from the east of Christchurch that meets weekly for practises, social, learning new skills and preparing for public performances! Our vision to bring hope, joy and life to our communities through music.

For: School Years 5 - 8

Each: Mondays

From: 6pm - 7:30pm

Latest Updates

10 Feb 2020

**NO RISE until further notice**

In discussions with volunteers, there will be no RISE in Term 1, and there is a doubt about re-starting for the rest of the year too. We are desperately short of committed long term musicians that can help with this club, so please email: volunteer@yat.org.nz if you’re keen to be a part of this in the future.

14 Dec 2019

The RISE crew finish the year with an end of year performance in front of a huge crowd at the New Brighton Christmas Market. Great work team! Big thanks to their amazing leaders Laura & Fi.

4 Oct 2019

NEW registrations are welcome to RISE in Term 4.  If you enjoy singing and dancing and want to be part of a larger group, that plans on doing public performances, come and give it a try!  Sign up for the term or just give the first week a trail.  For more info email: rego@yat.org.nz

15 Jul 2019

RISE did their first public performance to the YAT Holiday Programmes and their families. Check out some of the photos on this link:


1 May 2019

Thank you to everyone that came along to our taster session on Monday. We hope you had a great time and are excited for the term ahead!!  If you’re keen to officially join the team, you need to complete a YAT Aimyplus Registration.  If you’ve been involved in other YAT programmes, use your same email and password to log-in and just chose the RISE programme.  If not, sign up as a New Parent, so we have all medical and emergency contact details:


As part of our evening we will be having a break for a drink and a chocolate biscuit as well as a bit of chat around a thought for the day based on a Christian value or bible story, but nothing is forced or coerced on anyone. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

If you brought along friends who haven’t filled out the expression of interest form please forward this information to them, or ask them to contact us via this email.  We are nearly at capacity already, so if you have other friends who are keen to join this term, get them to contact us asap.

Here are a few important pieces of information…

  1. Bring a drink bottle (we have a drinking water fountain on site).
  2. Wear comfy shoes (preferably trainers) and clothes you can move in.
  3. Bring a clear file that holds A4 sheets and a pen/pencil (and the lyric sheets if you were with us on Monday)
  4. Save the date! Performance date is Monday 8th July at 2:15pm

Laura Auld and Fiona Dempsey

RISEsinging and dancing for good

2 Apr 2019

We are looking for talented young people in School Years 5 – 8 from all over the east to perform at different venues in and around our city and further afield.  Singing and dancing is great for the people who are participating in it – for physical and mental wellbeing – but it is also good for those who get to share in the performance! We will be ‘singing and dancing for good.’

There will be separate dance and singing items as well as combined pieces. It will involve learning choreography and songs by memory. There will also be a creative element where students will develop their own ideas to set pieces.  The cost is just $30 per term, and that also comes with a free Tshirt! Express your interest now by completing this short online form:


2 Apr 2019

Meet the Tutors:

Vocal Coach
Laura Auld
BMus; PGCE (primary)
I studied music at Queen’s University, Belfast (Northern Ireland) majoring in music performance and composition.  I then followed with a postgraduate certificate in primary education and gained experience in classroom, small group and individual teaching. I am currently working as an itinerant woodwind teacher in several Christchurch schools.  I have been living in Christchurch for almost 6 years now with my husband and 3 kids. We consider it a great privilege to be here and love the beach life in New Brighton!

Dance Coach
Fiona Dempsey
Dance Fitness Instructor Former Zumba Instructor Level Intermediate Modern Jazz Level Intermediate Ballet (Royal Academy Ballet) I am passionate working with children and teaching the love and enjoyment of dance.  I currently teach Dance Fitness 2 nights a week which I love.  I also have experience teaching Zumba!  I am blessed to be a full time mum of 3 beautiful children who keep me on my toes. My family and I have called North New Brighton our home for 11 years.