Our Team

We proudly present our team of dedicated and caring teachers.

All classes are taught or supervised by qualified teachers.

As teachers our mantra is you never stop learning, therefore

Our teachers are always working towards further professional development,

committed to becoming more knowledgeable, experienced, and qualified

to deliver the highest standard of tuition to our students.

Rose Brownlie

FIDTA (dist); AAC1; PBT certified; BSc

Director & Principal Teacher

Rose has been dancing since her pre-school years, classically training in RAD, BBO, IDTA, ISTD, and NZAMD. By age 13 she had been accepted into the full-time dance programme at the Christchurch-based National Ballet & Dance School (a.k.a. International Ballet Academy). Rose had the privilege of being tutored by many dance legends including Sir Russell Kerr, Ann Judson, Fiona Tonkin, Michelle Robinson and Sir Jon Trimmer, and performing in classic ballets such as Swan Lake, Cinderella and The Nutcracker.

In 2008 Rose moved to Palmerston North to pursue university studies and discovered the wonderful performing arts community the region has to offer. Palmerston North provided the opportunity to dive head-first into her first teaching position and she has not looked back since.

Rose proudly achieved Distinction for all vocational ballet levels, including Advanced 2, and holds IDTA teaching qualifications in both ballet and jazz. Additionally, Rose has become a Certified Progressive Ballet Technique teacher, and a Certified Acrobatic Arts instructor delivering Acro and Conditioning classes with precision and safety. Rose excels at delivering personalised tuition in a class setting, ensuring all students receive the best possible experience, and is highly focused on achieving results and success for our students.

Monique McDonald

Apprentice Teacher, IDTA Pre-Associate 

Monique has been dancing since she was 7 years old, starting out slowly with just ballet, but later finding her passion for jazz, contemporary and hip hop. She has completed all six levels of NZAMD Hip Hop and continues to progress in the Advanced vocational levels of ballet and jazz . 

Monique is currently working towards her teaching qualifications and has successfully completed the first two exams in the process of becoming a licenced teacher. She is looking forward the experiences that this will bring. She is excited to be sharing her love for dance and performing: thrilled to have the opportunity to inspire students to discover their passion for dance.

Michayla Coogan

Apprentice Teacher

Michayla has been dancing since she was 4 years old, starting with ballet, but later adding jazz and acro to her repertoire. She is currently working towards completing her advanced levels of ballet and jazz. Michayla is also a big part of the local theatre and performing arts community having performed in many Pahiatua Repertory Society productions.

For the past year Michayla has been helping as a teaching assistant in the junior acro class, where she has become a much-loved inspiration to these dancers. She is now embarking on her first year teaching full classes and is looking forward to developing her teaching skills further. Michayla is excited to share her love for dance and impart her knowledge with our students.