Ariel takes the old-school plunge

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Ariel Mid­dle­miss will be danc­ing to her own tune from now on.

The Tawa 24-year-old has taught at two of the five dance schools in the sub­urb, and has now es­tab­lished her own dance school.

In a move that has a touch of nos­tal­gia, Mid­dle­miss has set up in Red­wood Hall, in Red­wood Ave.

‘‘I started out danc­ing here when I was about 3, and did my first chore­og­ra­phy and teach­ing in this hall, so it’s a place with re­ally good mem­o­ries,’’ she said. ‘‘I’m lucky to have such a great space to set up and call home.’’

Mid­dle­miss has eight years’ teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and not sur­pris­ingly reg­is­tra­tions for her Dance Col­lec­tive have come in steadily.

She said she wasn’t wor­ried about the high num­ber of dance schools in the area al­ready – as well as two down the road in Porirua – be­cause each school would have its own philoso­phies and teach­ing styles.

Mid­dle­miss will of­fer dance classes for preschool­ers and young peo­ple – in­clud­ing jazz, con­tem­po­rary, bal­let and hip-hop – as well as an adult dance fit pro­gramme, and has made her prices com­pet­i­tive.

She will op­er­ate from Red­wood Hall on Tues­day and Fri­day nights, and Satur­day morn­ings, but is pre­pared to run her school six days a week if the need is there.

‘‘I’ve been in this long enough to know what peo­ple want, and I’m con­fi­dent I’ll fit in.

‘‘I’m start­ing pretty small, and I’m re­al­is­tic. But you have to start some­where. Some­times you sit back and ask if you’re do­ing the right thing, but you need to back your­self at cru­cial times.’’

Mid­dle­miss, who also teaches dance at Tawa In­ter­me­di­ate and works at Te Rau­paraha Arena in Porirua, said she hoped to forge a con­nec­tion be­tween her dance school and her dance com­pany, which has ap­peared at the last two Fringe Fes­ti­vals.

‘‘I’m al­ways think­ing about things I can be do­ing with the dance com­pany, but the school is my main con­cern now.’’

She said set­ting up at Red­wood Hall was a fam­ily ef­fort, with her boyfriend and her fam­ily help­ing with de­sign­ing, ac­count­ing and even some good old heavy lift­ing.

See amdc.co.nz for de­tails.

PHOTO: KRIS DANDO

Ariel Mid­dle­miss has set up a dance school in the hall where she learnt to dance.

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