Friday, August 2, 2013

Local Profile - Peta Skinner

I think that dancing, like music, is good for the soul.   I've done a number of dance classes over the years (as well as spending a good part of my late teens and early twenties clubbing the night away!).  Dancing is a really fun way to exercise, connect with other people and release stress.  It's great to know there is a new local dance school and teacher in Peta Skinner.  You may even catch me at a class one Monday night shaking my booty!  Read on for more about the very talented Peta Skinner.
Peta Skinner
Name: Peta Skinner
Occupation: Dance Teacher & Performer
Lives/works: Bundoora
How long have you lived/worked here?
I have lived in Bundoora for 22 years.  I recently moved to Hawthorn East but regularly visit my parents who still live in Bundoora.  I am starting up dance classes in Viewbank as I wanted to remain in the area where I grew up and have old school friends, family and other acquaintances.
Viewbank Scout Hall
Describe yourself/what you do:
After completing Year 12 at Bundoora Secondary College in 2007, I went on to do a Certificate 4 and Diploma in Dance & Performance at Dance Factory in Richmond.  While I was still studying at Dance Factory, I began teaching for them and also doing some small gigs and performance work.  I now work permanently for 3 different dance schools and sometimes teach one off classes in primary and secondary schools all across Melbourne.  Some of my dance credits include: regular tap gigs at the Old Melbourne Gaol, a nightclub extra in the movie 'Any Questions for Ben', Dora the Explorer Live Stage Show: Australian Tour, which also travelled to Abu Dhabi and Kuwait.

I have decided that it is time to open up my own dance school, 'P.S. Let's Dance'.  At the moment, I am just starting with an adult funk/hip hop class on Mondays from 7 - 8 pm at the scout hall, Rutherford Rd, Viewbank Reserve.  I am hoping to expand into children's classes and also start offering some additional class styles to adults.  I am proficient in teaching Jazz, Tap, Funk/Hip Hop, Lyrical Jazz/Contemporary and Ballet.  I would love to hear some feedback on what classes people in the area are interested in.

Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne's north-east:
I think the best things about growing up in Melbourne's north-east are the proximity to everything you may need.  Good schools, transport and shopping centres and a friendly family environment.  At the same time we are close enough to the city for entertainment including live theatre, which is, of course, one of my great loves and interests.

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