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. 

Katelyn Coogan

Apprentice Jazz & Musical Theatre Teacher

Katelyn has been dancing since age 4 and considers herself very fortunate to have trained at the Pahiatua studio. She began her dancing journey in both ballet and jazz, but it was jazz that she has fallen in love with. Katelyn is very passionate about her jazz, has passed all her levels up to Advanced One and is currently working towards completing her final jazz levels.
Katelyn is also very interested in theatre. Since 2007 she has been involved with the Pahiatua Repertory Society, performing in shows such as Addams Family and Jekyll n'Hyde. Her favourite experience has to be performing the role of Tinkerbell in Peter Pan. She enjoys applying her theatrical knowledge and experience to her dance, especially in musical theatre.
Katelyn has future ambitions of becoming a performing arts teacher, hoping to offer her theatrical skills to a younger generation. She plans on gaining her degree in performing arts so she can make this dream a reality. In 2018 Katelyn began her teacher training to become a qualified dance teacher and has completed the first exam on this pathway. Katelyn is so thrilled to be sharing her passion with others.
Katelyn has been accepted into Centrepoint Theatre's Basement Company for 2019, we are thrilled for her and excited to see what experience she brings back for our students.

Monique McDonald

Apprentice Ballet & Hip Hop 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 exam 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.