DanceMax Studio is the home of Consett's largest freestyle disco dancing school. We have recreational classes of over 80 children and a competition team of 40 who travel the country in search of trophies and titles. We run classes for children from 2 years old, and perform during local events, fayres, demonstrations, competitions, shows and exams.
We begin at DanceMax by teaching our new beginners PopDance. This is a fun and friendly dance style with which our children can learn to become confident performers and lay a foundation of technique and flexibility. Our PopDance classes are suitable for any child with or without experience in dance.
We also run baby & toddler sessions on a weekday for our younger dancers to come along and enjoy music and movement!
All of our classes are friendly and inclusive - we have dancers of all abilities and will accommodate any child where possible. Please do not hesistate to ask if you think your child may need adaptations or extra help - it will always be provided without any fuss!
IMPORTANT - DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH COVID-19 DANCEMAX STUDIO IS CURRENTLY OPEN AGAIN BUT RUNNING ON LIMITED CAPACITY!
PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP TO ANY CLASS WITHOUT BOOKING OR CONTACTING US FIRST - WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PERMIT YOU TO ENTER WITHOUT BEING INCLUDED IN OUR CAPACITY NUMBERS.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND CO-OPERATION AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME!
We have our own fabulous, purpose designed studio at DanceMax. We have two studio spaces inside, Studio 1 is our main hall where all our Saturday classes are held. We have a sprung mat floor within Studio 1 which makes it comfortable and safe for our dancers to train. We have a secure kitchen area so we can provide drinks for dancers, and hot refreshments for parents. There is seating available and you are always welcome to stay and view classes.
Studio 2 is our smaller space which we utilise for private tution and the smaller Elite team classes. This studio space is fully mirrored which enables our dancers to view themselves training, apply corrections and harness their perfomance qualities. This space also has a kitchen area.
We have our own toilet facilities (seperate male and female) which are not accessed by anyone else, a baby changing station within the female toilets and a small waiting area with comfortable seating should you need to stay between classes. Should you need to access the baby change as a male please ask Kirstin and we have signage to use on the door which allows you to enter the female toilets as needed.
We love the wonderful space we have managed to secure for our dancers and we appreciate your help in keeping it clean and tidy. Please clear up any rubbish after yourselves and keep the noise to a minimum in the communal areas so we do not disturb classes or our neighbours in the snooker club downstairs.
About our teachers!
Kirstin McGuigan is the owner and principal at DanceMax Studio. Aged 35, she currently holds an Associate level qualification in teaching from the NATD (National Association of Teachers of Dance) of which she passed with Honours. She has undertaken the next level qualification, the Licentiate, which she completed in March 2020 and passed with Honours with Distinction with the NCDTA (Northern Counties Dance Teachers Association). This qualification means Kirstin is a Championship level adjudicator and teacher. She is a current member of the NCDTA and the ADFP - The Association of Dance and Freestyle Professionals - which enables her competition team to compete in ADFP recognised competitions. She is currently First Aid trained in a specialised Sport First Aid qualification, and insured through the NCDTA.
Previous to teaching dance, Kirstin completed and passed a BA Honours Degree in Early Years Childhood Development at university and worked as a childminder. She has also worked with vulnerable adults and teenagers in a care setting, and also at Safeway in Consett when it was there!
Kirstin competed from the age of 6 in freestyle after being made to join in when she did not want to! Thankfully perseverance paid off, and Kirstin won many titles such as European Champion, East of England Champion more than once, and lots of indivudual wins and trophies.
Erin Martin is our student teacher at DanceMax. She assists in all the Saturday classes. She is 21 years old, and an ex freestyle competitor. Erin has danced for us at DanceMax from the very day we opened in 2009! She was a wonderful competitor and has alot to offer our dancers as a recent performer on the dancefloor.
She is just recently completed a degree (with a First!) in Exercise Health & Fitness at Sunderland University, she is a qualified gym instructor and personal trainer, and has volunteered in youth clubs for 7+ years. She also holds A Levels in Dance, Drama and Theatre Studies!
Erin is also First Aid trained in a specialised Sport First Aid qualification, and is currently studying towards taking her first teaching qualification. This will enable Erin to hold classes on her own where needed as a fully qualified and insured teacher at DanceMax. We are very proud of her and our Saturday children love her.
6-10 Newmarket Street
Kirstin - 07969137076
Dean - 07805722674
If Kirstin is unavailable to take your call due to teaching or competition feel free to leave a message or text - please only call Dean in case of any important matter.
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