Dani McLeod – Studio Owner
Its been over 20 years since I stepped foot into my first dance studio as a student. I starting learning Latin and Ballroom dancing because of my father. After watching him participate in dance classes, I became so enthralled and thought this could be something that I would love to pursue. So, my generous dad signed me and I started my lessons right away. From that moment on there was no going back, I instantly fell in the love with dancing and how it made me feel. I realised that this was more than just a hobby for me, but a future career.
As an instructor, I was qualified teaching when I was 17 years old focusing on social dancing for couples and singles and choreographing first dance routines for wedding couples. I have now been in the industry for over 10 years and have been with Social Dance Studios for 8 years as a Senior Instructor and Manager.
In 2017, I reached my goal of becoming the owner of Social Dance Studios and am so excited to share to the world what dancing has to offer. We’ve built an amazing social studio over the last 10 years where students call this place their second home. It has become more than a studio but a community.
My love isn’t just for the dancing but more for the teaching. To be able to show my students who initially thought they have two left feet but really have one left and one right. To see my students grow and become more confident. More importantly, showing the benefits of dancing and how dancing can change your life.
I look forward to meeting you all soon.
See you on the dance floor.
Collin Del Rosario – Senior Instructor
I have always had a fascination with partnership dancing, where a man and a woman are able to move to the music together in perfect synchronisation. In particular, I became captivated by the elegance and smoothness of Hollywood’s Fred Astaire, where he was able to win the hearts of the fair ladies and the audience, through dancing. After a few films, I started to realise that this nature of being a gentleman and the concept of chivalry had long been gone in today’s society. As a result, one day I decided to search for a ballroom dance studio in the Hills District, thankfully enough, Social Dance Studios was the first on my Google search.
Like many other student, I applied for a Complimentary Lesson with the plan of learning what I can, going home and practising what I can, I knew I couldn’t afford lessons since I was a fresh high school graduate with little pocket money.
After going through the basics of some dances, Matthew asked me, “What are you doing right now and why do you do it?” I replied, “I’m studying a Bachelor of Nursing at UTS, I want to work my way to specialise in Paediatrics and aim to work at Westmead Children’s Hospital. I’ve always loved dancing and it’s brought me happiness and joy; and if I could lighten up the day of any depressed child with dancing, I would.” Since my drive to dance was to make the other person happy, Matthew offered me a job right then and there.
Now two and a half years later, I’ve gained a students body, teaching couples, singles, wedding couples and group classes. I’m always excited, due to the fact that there’s always something new to experience and learn, and there’s always someone new to meet. The part about this job I love most, is seeing the growth of students from doubtful in their own ability to firmly confident, the smiles I see in their achievements is contagious and I can’t help but smile myself and congratulate them.
Of course, my gratitude towards the Social Dance Studios team cannot be measured, since they have given me so much and have supported me along my journey, I’m excited to see where this job will take me in the future and the everlasting friendships that will be created.
Jessica Green – Instructor
Caitlin Dunn – Administrative Assistant