Ex­cit­ing year ahead for young dancers

The Tribune (NZ) - - OUT & ABOUT -

Dance Un­lim­ited’s teach­ing staff boasts in­ter­na­tional and pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence from around the world, and right here in the Manawatu!

It’s the di­ver­sity that th­ese teach­ers bring that is so spe­cial. The fo­cus of this dance school is to in­spire young dancers in a car­ing and pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment – a key to devel­op­ing con­fi­dence and en­joy­ment of dance, and de­velop dancers of the future who will have the op­por­tu­ni­ties within Dance Un­lim­ited to ven­ture to full-time train­ing lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The Palmer­ston North team com­prises of Monique Mai (bal­let), Sinead Keaskin (mod­ern, bal­let and tap), Leah Viles (AJDA jazz), and newly re­turned home from her pro­fes­sional dance ca­reer is Rose Barnett. Both Monique and Rose were pre­vi­ously trained in Palmer­ston North by Gwenda Brit­ten, now an in­ter­na­tional ISTD dance examiner. Rose has been away for around eight years, train­ing full­time in Syd­ney at Ecole Clas­si­cal and EDC In­ter­na­tional, be­fore pro­gress­ing her dance ca­reer. Since 2012, she has worked as a dancer on the Princess Line Cruise ships through­out Europe and the Mediter­ranean, and was pro­moted to as­sis­tant com­pany per­for­mance man­ager on the flag­ship the Regal Princess.

An ex­cit­ing new ad­di­tion to the cur­ricu­lum in 2017 is Ready Set Dance. This is a new pro­gramme for two, three, four and five year olds. This is an hour combo class that in­cludes jazz, tap, hip hop, singing, mu­sic and a whole lot of FUN for girls and boys. The kids just love it – and Dance Un­lim­ited be­lieves it’s the most ad­vanced com­plete pro­gramme that is avail­able – and its de­signed for ‘to­days’ kids.

Along side this Dance Un­lim­ited is also run­ning Bright­star Bal­let for four and five year olds – and this is a great pro­gres­sion from Ready Set Dance with bal­let as its fo­cus, as well as Movers and Groovers for five to seven year olds – a jazz/ hiphop/funk mix. Both pro­grammes cater for both boys and girls. All the usual gen­res are of­fered – bal­let, jazz, tap, mod­ern, hip hop and con­tem­po­rary – and to top it off Palmer­ston North stu­dents can also learn ac­ro­bat­ics with Rose.

Dance Un­lim­ited is look­ing for­ward to an ex­cit­ing year ahead. They have stu­dios in Feild­ing and Mar­ton, with the Palmer­ston North main stu­dio is at 96 Princess St. Dance Un­lim­ited also have has classes in Kelvin Grove.

Di­ver­sity is the fo­cus at Dance Un­lim­ited to help de­velop con­fi­dence and an en­joy­ment of dance.

Dance Un­lim­ited is of­fer­ing new pro­grammes to its stu­dents this year.

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