Movement Zone Dance Studio was formed in 1999 in Melbourne by Sarah (Sas) Cook and Yvonne Manis.
In 2002, Sas took over the company and moved back to her home town of Castlemaine, opening a new space to teach, specialising in Hip-Hop, Funk, Breakdance, Acrobatics, workshops and Dance Therapy.
Sas grew up in Castlemaine and at an early age shone as a gymnast and dancer. After studying full time dance in Melbourne and after a car accident, she decided to return to her hometown and established Movement Zone.
This passion for teaching was not only confined to the Dance Studio but has extended out into the community producing different programs, choreographed works & events for youth, working with different organisations & thousands of kids in Schools all over Australia. In 2005 & 2006 Sarah headed to the Kimberly s, touring for a month at a time in remote Indigenous Communities training & choreographing for their annual Croc Festival.
It was through Movement Zone that Sarah took part in the first To The Xtreme festival, showcasing dance, skating and music. After this first event, Sas thought wouldn t it be great to have an event every year. Why not just continue To The Xtreme and aside from the original elements, expand the event to scooters, parkour, BMX, street art, music, djing, circus and more. It was from this event she was inspired to set up the organisation XtremeInc Youth Projects, back in 2009.
Today as XtremeInc's and MZ Director, she continue's to work with young people in developing various programs and initiatives, Having built this in Castlemaine, her goal is to take this further around regional Victoria.
"I want to train others, to pass the torch, and ensure young people carry on this work. It s successful because it s happened organically. It hasn t come from government, but the community." Sas Cook.
Sas, who has worked for the Mt Alexander Shire and the Macedon Ranges Shire in youth work, won the prestigious Parks Victoria Regional Achiever Award for the Regional Achievement and Community Awards back in 2012. "I will continue to work hard advocating for Young People and the arts. This is my legacy."
MZ become a leading Urban Dance Studio in Central Victoria, with classes all the way from Bendigo to Kyneton and even up to the remote parts of the Kimberley's. After a small hiatus to welcome her two beautiful children into the world, Sas is back with BRAND new classes including Adults Hip-Hop and Funk + Dance Therapy for older adults. She also welcomes MZ's newest instructor Richard Mayes to the team (Dance Therapy)
This is a brand new era for MZ and we can't wait to inspire passion into a whole new generation of DANCERS!
'IN2 THE ZONE' Sas :-)
Diploma of Dance Teaching & Management (Box Hill Tafe0
Certificate IV in Youth Work (Victoria University)
Certificate III & IV in Fitness (Bendigo Institute of TAFE)
Child Safe Teacher (Keeping Kids Safe in Dance)
Youth Mental Health - Live4Life (Macedon Ranges Council)
LGBTQIA+ training (Cobaw Health)
Current & up to date 1st Aid & CPR