Donna Hann with Rix, 5 months, and Levi, 3, at the Calliope Community Hall.
Donna Hann with Rix, 5 months, and Levi, 3, at the Calliope Community Hall. Paul Braven GLADANCE

Mum's open new dance studio at Boyne Island, Calliope

IT WAS a case of everything falling into place for a pair of Gladstone mums who will open two dance studios next month.

Donna Hann and Angela Cullen, both experienced dancers, will open Dance Kix in Boyne Island and Calliope.

The women moved to Gladstone with their husbands five years ago for employment opportunities.

With both men working on a contract basis on Curtis Island LNG projects, the pair weren't able to viably open a dance studio.

But, a good turn of events, including their husband's obtaining full-time permanent work on Curtis Island, means they are now able to follow their dreams.

"Dancing is our creative outlet," Mrs Hann said.

"It's nice that we're both going to be doing something for ourselves.

"For mums, sometimes it becomes all about the kids so it's nice to have this side project and to share our passion and what we know," Mrs Hann said.

Dance Kix will offer classes for all ages from 18 months to 50 years and over.

There will be ability specific classes, and mums and bubs sessions too.

"We figured it was a bit of a niche market because there are not a lot of activities to do for young children in Boyne Island and Calliope.

"Initially, we thought about creating classes for just that age group and focusing on new mums who want to get back into shape, but then we decided why not offer something for Over 50s too," Mrs Hann said.

Both Mrs Hann and Cullen have taught at dance classes before, but this is the first time they have owned a dance studio.

They plan to have a family-friendly atmosphere - welcoming mums with bubs, toddlers or teens.

There will be some specialty classes and an early bird special of 10% discount is offered for those who enrol by April 18.

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