Now in its 6th year, Momentum Dance Company is an innovative business offering a fresh perspective on dance classes in Marlborough.
At Momentum Dance Company we value the ability to offer a high standard of dance education and training for all our students in a professional, yet relaxed, feel-good environment. We are the only dance studio in Marlborough operated by a director who holds a university qualification in dance.
We offer not only the top training in dance technique, but also different teaching styles for different learners through our knowledge and training in the field of dance education.
Students are taught not only how to dance but classes also cover dance terminology and the background of the different dance styles the students learn. It is so important to understand our bodies when learning to dance – students are encouraged to think about how their bodies work and are taught safe dance practices right from our Creative Movement level up.
Our Assistant Teachers are trained through the Modern Dance Syllabus of New Zealand (MDSNZ) Associate Teacher Training Programme. As teachers we are too always learning and are therefore always updating our studio methods and syllabus content.
Meet our teachers
Jessica Foley-Taylor (BPerf)
Artistic Director, Studio Owner & Head Teacher
Bachelor of Performing Arts
Jess has a huge passion for dance and this passion has turned into Momentum Dance Company. She grew up dancing and decided to pursue this further by studying a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Auckland University after finishing high school. After completing her degree in 2011, Jess returned to her home town of Marlborough. Starting in small home studio, Momentum Dance Company has flourished into the premier dance studio it is today. Jess loves sharing her passion for dance through teaching and enjoys helping students achieve their goals. Her favourite part of teaching is seeing students come out of their shell and discover the joy of dance.
MDSNZ Associate Teacher Training Programme, Levels 1, 2 & 3
Katie loves dance and loves teaching dance! She has completed all three levels of the MDSNZ Associate Teacher Training Programme and has started teaching part time at the studio this year. She has a creative spirit and loves to come up with new and interesting choreographic ideas to implement into her classes. Katie is passionate about fitness and heads both our conditioning programme for senior exam students and our adult dance stretch class in 2017. During the day Katie is a “Kiwi Can” leader out in schools around Marlborough.
MDSNZ Associate Teacher Training Programme, Level 1
Caitlin has been dancing since the age of three and will sit her Intermediate dance exam in 2017. She is passionate about teaching dance and brings a gentle and kind demeanour into her teaching style. Caitlin is a very technical dancer and this training shows through to all the classes she teaches. Caitlin is a year 12 student at Marlborough Girls’ College and is studying her MDSNZ Level 2 testing in 2017.
MDSNZ Associate Teacher Training Programme, Level 1.
Steph has been dancing with Momentum Dance Company since we first opened in 2012 and will sit her Intermediate dance exam in 2017. She brings a heap of energy and enthusiasm to all the classes she teaches. Steph is a strong contemporary dancer and loves working with dancers of all ages in this style. Steph is a year 12 student at Marlborough Girls’ College and is studying her MDSNZ Level 2 testing in 2017.
Michaela is very passionate about everything dance! Her favourite style is Hiphop and she brings lots of strength and sass into everything she does within dance. Michaela is a member of our Contemporary Performance Group, Senior Elite Performance Group and will sit her MDSNZ Intermediate exam this year. Michaela is a year 11 student at Marlborough Girls College and is working on completing her MDSNZ Associate Teacher Training Level 1 testing.