Es­tab­lished dance stu­dio ex­pands into Palmer­ston North

The Tribune (NZ) - - LEARNING FOR LIFE 2016 -

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 danceunlimited@xtra.co.nz or go to the web­site www.danceunlimited.co.nz.

In­ter­na­tion­ally trained dance teach­ers Sinead Keaskin and Monique Mai from Dance Un­lim­ited.

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