Pioneering model face of disability-friendly dance studio
MADELINE Stuart has touched back down in Ipswich after jet setting around the world working on her growing modelling career.
Maddy and her mother Rosanne, who are heading overseas again on Friday, visited Ipswich Humanities Centre yesterday to check out the new venue for an exciting new opportunity for people with disabilities.
The young model with Down syndrome is the face of InsideOutside Dance Company, who are preparing to open a disability-friendly dance studio to teach people of all skill levels the basics of contemporary and hip hop.
"Dance is perfect for fitness and self esteem," Rosanne Stuart said.
"Maddy went to school at Ipswich West so this is something I've wanted to do in Ipswich for a while."
The inclusive dance classes are beginning next year in Caboolture, Jindalee and Ipswich.
"People that become involved can work at their own level," Ms Stuart said.
"Those with a severe disability can bring their carer.
"We have a full time dance teacher and at least one student mentor with dance experience and experience with people with disabilities."
Ms Stuart said the classes, sponsored by Focal Inc, would be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from January 30 next year.
"Ipswich City Council donated the venue and they've been great," she said.
"We are having classes for people up to 15 years old and those over 15."
Focal Inc operations manager Anthony Vaughan said the dance classes filled a gap for young people with disabilities in Ipswich.
"Our clients are extremely excited and interested in joining the group," he said.
"We do have some higher needs clients so it will be great now that they can join in.
"Moving into an NDIS world we have to ask what people want and this is what they want. It's all about inclusivity."
Classes are free for people with disabilities and $8 for those without disabilities.
InsideOutside Dance Ensemble is hosting an open day on January, 30 at Ipswich Humanities Centre, 56 South St from 12pm-3pm.
For more information phone 0499 002 989.
To book a spot email firstname.lastname@example.org.