Maylands: Yanique Dance Fusion transforms dog day care into dance studio

Choreographer and Mauritian dance instructor Yannick Benoit of Maylands. Picture: David Baylis.
Choreographer and Mauritian dance instructor Yannick Benoit of Maylands. Picture: David Baylis.

FROM a dog play care by day to a dance studio by night, Maylands choreographer Yannick Benoit will debut his Mauritian dance classes at the K9 Collective in August.

Benoit, the founder of multicultural dance group Yanique Dance Fusion, has been performing and teaching since 2010.

He moved his Saturday Zumba classes from Inglewood Community Centre to K9 Collective last month and will start Mauritian dance on August 7.

The 33-year-old said he moved his two dogs Max and Hunter from a Bayswater day care to Maylands after it opened two months ago.

“I heard manager Nic Swan was doing art classes…so then I asked if I could do Zumba classes and she was really enthusiastic about it,” he said.

Choreographer and Mauritian dance instructor Yannick Benoit of Maylands with his dogs Max and Hunter. Picture: David Baylis.

“She is going all out for me and I am also trying to help her fill up her art classes – it is a mutually beneficial relationship.”

Benoit said he wanted to double his current group of 20 students at the venue.

“Zumba classes will be for fitness and different dancing styles from all over the world,” he said.

“Mauritian dancing will keep you fit but it is to learn the style, the choreography and performance.

“It is a lot of hard work, I often wonder why I do it but it is because people enjoy it and it makes them happy.”

For more information visit www.yanique.com.au and www.k9collective.net.