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About Us

Ray & Maxine Nelson, together with their three children, Brianna, Joshua and Jacob, left Kansas City, USA in 2011 to begin their new chapter in Cambridge, New Zealand.

Ray successfully managed his own studio in Kansas City for 13 years working with several Performing Arts Centers in Kansas. Maxine, his wife and native Cambridgite, is an accomplished musician and vocalist. She is also co-director of the popular Holiday Workshops and works alongside her husband at Ignite.

Ignite Arts Academy has been successfully delivering high quality music, dance, drama and holiday workshops for over 10 years now. Ray and Maxine feel fortunate to be part of the community and to be able to provide Cambridge locals with a place to discover and nurture their performing arts passions.

Our Vision Is To:

  • Positively impact our community through the vehicle of the arts one person, one family at a time.

  • Give students of all ages the opportunity to develop their artistic and creative abilities through creative arts.

  • Give teachers the opportunity and place to develop their skill and passion in the arts.


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