An Interview with Jennifer Dalton, the Principal of Jigsaw Dance Studio Kellyville
“Jigsaw Dance offers an exciting and unique approach in teaching the art of dance, performing arts and acro,” says principal Jennifer Dalton.
At the age of 13yrs, Ms Dalton was approached by a couple of young girls from the neighbourhood and asked her to teach them to dance. Dancing lessons were then started in her parent’s garage in Kellyville. The following year they all brought a friend to class and their friends brought friends and that was the beginnings of Jigsaw Dance Studio. Jigsaw Dance now runs out of four studios 5 days a week and sees hundreds of dancers each week. Jigsaw Dance is constantly planning to bring new and exciting things for their students which is not only exciting for them but is always aimed at their future development.
Ms Dalton emphasises “Our main focus here at Jigsaw Dance Studio is about the dancers feeling good about themselves and their achievements. We encourage and build self esteem and make each child feel individual and special while embracing movement, music, co-ordination and drama. We believe this is essential for developing confidence in young children and teenagers”.
Jigsaw Dance Studio runs a student teaching program which is takes place over several years. At Jigsaw Dance many of the teachers started out as students until becoming qualified and experienced in the Jigsaw Dance philosophy of dance, performing arts and acro and now run classes of their own.
Jigsaw Dance offers a wide variety of genres and styles of dance including; jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, hip hop, singing and drama, b-boys (boys only hip hop classes) and Acro for Dance program.
All dance classes are carefully designed to specific age appropriate teaching. This includes skills and techniques for the dancer’s/performer’s physical, emotional and social skills. Classes develop the elements of creative movement, drama, self expression and music. So not only does Jigsaw Dance teach our students to dance, sing and perform but we focus on developing the ‘Whole Child”.
Ms Dalton says, “Being a married busy, working mum of two young daughters, I know how hard it is to organise extra curricular activities and to get out and purchase all things needed. That is why I strive to make things as easy and convenient as possible while keeping it affordable, so everyone has the opportunity of enjoying the art of dance. Jigsaw Dance is run from the perspective of an ‘everyday mum’ who understands the chaos of everyday life”
All the faculty and staff of Jigsaw Dance are a vibrant community of people who have a high regard for each other, the art of dance and the respectability and value of the work we do. We show respect to our parents, our peers and all of the wider dance community.
“We just LOVE what we do!”