The Rose Academy

of Dance and Performing Arts Ltd. 

Our Team

We proudly present our team of dedicated and caring teachers.

At The Rose Academy we place a high value on having qualified teachers 

to ensure we are providing the best dance training in a fun and safe environment.

Therefore, even our qualified teachers undergo regular continued professional development and 

our apprentice teachers are given appropriate teacher training to obtain their qualifications.

Rose Brownlie LIDTA (dist); AAC1; BSc

Director & Principal Teacher

Rose started dancing in her pre-school years, undergoing classical training in RAD, BBO, ISTD, and NZAMD. By age 13 she had been accepted into the full time dance programme at the Christchurch-based National Ballet & Dance School (later known as International Ballet Academy). Here Rose received tuition from NZ dance legends Sir Russell Kerr, Ann Judson, and Sir Jon Trimmer, and performed in classic ballets such as Cinderella and The Nutcracker.
In 2008 Rose moved to Palmerston North to pursue university studies and discovered the wonderful performing arts community the Manawatu had to offer. Rose has enjoyed performing locally in shows and competitions, especially dancing the iconic role of a cygnet in Swan Lake. Palmerston North also provided the opportunity to dive head-first into her first teaching position and she has not looked back since.
Rose has passed all vocational ballet levels through to Advanced 2 with distinction and has now gained IDTA teaching qualifications in both ballet and jazz, under the excellent guidance and tutelage of the highly reputable and knowledgeable Michelle Robinson. Additionally, Rose is currently the only Certified Acrobatic Arts teacher providing Acro in our region. She has spent the last few years teaching for several dance schools throughout the Manawatu and Horowhenua regions. Rose excels at delivering personalised tuition in a class setting, ensuring all students receive the best possible experience. Rose is thrilled to now have a home studio to call her own and offer her skills and experience to the next generation of dancers. 

Monique McDonald

Apprentice Teacher

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 vocational levels of ballet and jazz . 
Monique is currently working towards her teaching qualifications and has 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 hip hop, and have the opportunity to inspire students to discover their passion for dance.