Established dance studio expands into Palmerston North
It is nothing short of inspiring to see the joy in the faces of Dance Unlimited’s two internationallytrained dance teachers Monique Mai and Sinead Keaskin when they talk about how, slowly but surely, they observe their young dance students gaining self-esteem, confidence and friendships while taking their dance classes.
Add the character-building and physical disciplines that are associated with the art of dance and it’s easy to see why these highly-motivated young women are so passionate about their jobs and why their teaching skills are in such demand.
Monique and Sinead, both exceptional dancers in their own right, with an impressive line-up of credentials after their names, will welcome students of all ages at two venues this month, one in Palmerston North city and one in Kelvin Grove. The newly-opened studios are an extension of the well-established and highlyrespected Feilding and Marton school, Dance Unlimited, directed by Carmen Davidson.
Sinead, who first learnt to dance in her birth country of Ireland, explains.
‘‘I have heard girls and boys discussing how much they love coming to my dance classes. That’s the kind of feedback that makes dance teachers smile. We love that our classes are a positive learning and productive experience for young people keen to learn the art of dance.’’
New Zealand born Monique Mai began her training in Palmerston North at the age of 8 under the watchful eye of the internationally recognised dance teacher Gwenda Britten, who ran a highly successful dance school in Palmerston North for many years before accepting the role as an International Examiner for the ISTD.
‘‘At our Palmerston North venues we teach our students ISTD ballet, tap, modern theatre/jazz, plus contemporary, hip hop dance and also American jazz and in doing so we find they remain interested and soon learn how great their achievements make them feel. They really blossom and that’s a great thing to see happening to any youngster,’’ smiles Monique.
Director Carmen Davidson is pleased the school is opening in Palmerston North.
‘‘I love that more children and families can enjoy our dance classes and our Palmerston North studio offers a point of difference with the inclusion of ISTD ballet and AJDA jazz. We have had very positive feedback and I encourage anyone to inquire about their children joining the classes.’’
Sinead, Monique and Carmen assure parents that the dance school is a place where their children will not only learn to dance well but they will gain the confidence to believe in themselves along the way. ‘‘Our dance classes are fun yet structured and give your girl or boy the chance to build up courage to take on new opportunities and set themselves up for success in their future careers, be it in the wonderful world of dance, or a different career path.’’
Phone Monique or Sinead on 027 474 1731, them on email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website www.danceunlimited.co.nz.
Internationally trained dance teachers Sinead Keaskin and Monique Mai from Dance Unlimited.