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A Transform My Dance Studio Special – featuring guest Melanie Gard
Long before the ‘At The Barre’ podcast was launched we had the pleasure of interviewing the one and only Melanie Gard.
In this very special insider-look, Mel shares her favorite student attraction and retention strategies (and SO much more!)
“I have lead PSD students and staff over the last 10 years and I am incredibly proud of the many great achievements inside and outside of the dance studio. Whilst these acheivements are wonderful they are not certainly not our only definition of success. As a Director, I am most proud of the kids that have struggled with confidence, faced learning challenges, suffered with anxiety, felt shy or even been bullied at school. I am proud of those kids more than anything, for getting in and having a go and being the best versions of themselves. Time and time again I have conversations with parents who tell me “dance is his/her happy place”. I am so proud of the nurturing culture at PSD and it is this in which I will continue to invest the most energy in.” – Melanie Gard, Peninsula School of Dance
Melanie Gard is Director of Peninsula School of Dance a dance studio located on the Mornington Peninsula, Australia. She is Mum to 3 children, wife to dance-dad extraordinnaire Robbie, and a lover of the beach and good coffee.
Melanie Gard is a passionate dance educator and has grown her school from a small ballet school running in a community hall, which she purchased in 2006, to a vibrant dance and performing arts studio that caters for over 450 students each week. Melanie leads her teaching and administration team with passion and a huge determination to ensure the studio remains at the forefront of dance education.
Melanie is a respected Licentiate with Cecchetti Ballet Australia, holder of a Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management and has a Bach of Arts in Disability Studies (Deakin University) and is an affiliate member of Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD).
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