DANCE teachers are not only role models but counsellors too, says Desiree Dance Academy owner Elly Jones ahead of opening her new studio in Butler.
Mrs Jones will this weekend make her dream a reality by opening her own dance studio with daughter Eleanor on Amesbury Loop.
To mark the occasion, the Clarkson resident will host a free open day for existing and new students on Sunday, April 22 from 10am-2pm with a sausage sizzle and party games.
The mother-daughter team has more than 50 years’ combined experience teaching dance and offers ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip hop, musical theatre, lyrical, contemporary, and ‘mum n me’ classes to students 18 months and over.
Adult classes include ballet, tap, bolly active fitness, and yummy mummies, with pole dancing to be added later this year.
Celebrating 40 years as a dance teacher in England and Australia, Mrs Jones said the art form and her role had evolved over the decades, which would be reflected in what the studio offered.
“Dance styles have evolved to be a lot more technical and have split into many different styles under the one genre,” she said.
“And due to social media, we also find that dance teachers have to not only be role models and instructors but counsellors as well, especially to teenage girls.”
Mrs Jones said the aim of the academy was to share her love of dance in a fun and encouraging environment.
“We take the pressure and stress out of dance by not doing exams or competitions, but still keep our teaching level to a high standard,” she said.
“We encourage all our students to do their best no matter their age or ability and currently have pupils who are enrolled in the part time Propel Dance course at WAAPA.”