Would you enroll your child into an expensive, catty, competitive dance school where the teachers yell at students?
Neither would dance veteran Christine Smith, who grew up attending dance schools like this across Western Sydney. “These schools were very expensive, there were lots of hidden fees,” Christine said. “I had to wear caked on makeup and many of my teachers weren’t nurturing.”
“It was highly competitive and most of the schools had a catty and clicky atmosphere – my mum and I just weren’t like that,” Christine said. Fast forward to 2009, she knew many parents wouldn’t be able to keep up with such a pace and atmosphere she knew well as a youngster.
So she kick started Fusion Movement Studio at Blaxland, a school for all ages with a different take.
Young kids are not allowed to wear makeup or skimpy clothes, there is no competition and an encouraging atmosphere is applied.
It could be the reason why the studio has landed in the top 25 most popular kids’ activities six years in a row.
“We don’t have students being competitive, so they have become a close bunch of friends, and same with the adults,” Christine said. “We encourage everyone to give it a go, and we do free trials.”
They also do a number of voluntary events per year, including students and teachers performing at the Panthers Stadium.
Their customers give the teachers the thumbs up.
“You’re a credit to the industry,” happy client Karen said.
“I love that the place is not a competitive environment, we can hire costumes making it affordable for all to join in.”
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