Old dance hall becomes hip place

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 12:00 24/01/2013

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The historic Watson and Eyre Printer's building in Cuba St, Palmerston North, is about to become a very hip place to be.

Enterprising dancer Monique Bell, 18, has taken the next step in her passion for dance and opened her own hip-hop studio.

A dancer since age 4, Monique trained in hip-hop, ballet and jazz and started teaching dance at age 13.

After spending a year teaching dance under her own label, Manawatu Hip Hop, out of the Zero Gravity Studios, she decided to take the next step and expand her business by opening her own studio.

She signed off on the space on Saturday, having been told the building was about 100 years old and had originally been a dance studio, so it already had the floor she was looking for.

The rest of the building however, is going to need some work before classes start on February 8, but her family and friends are pitching in to help with the redecoration.

She has been on the street handing out fliers and has already had more than 30 people sign up for classes.

She also planned to hold monthly discos for school children in her studio, Turbine Dance Company. Her main aim was for people to have fun.

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