I started dancing at the age of 3 and qualified as a professional dance teacher at 22. Now 28, I have chalked up rather a lot of performance and choreographic experience and, sadly, a thorough understanding of how viciously competitive dance can be.
Fed up with the bad attitudes of so many established schools, in 2007 I recruited a company of complete novices and, in only nine months, trained them to a standard where they performed a sell out show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Then I found a different vocation and dance slipped off my radar for a while..
However, this year I have somehow started teaching again. I still maintain that dance is for everyone and a good teacher leaves her students feeling better about themselves leaving the studio than when they arrived; week on week. I enjoy the challenge of remapping a syllabus designed for 6 year olds to challenge 26 year olds whilst keeping completely faithful to the progression needed to build the correct muscle strength, flexibility and movement memory. I enjoy teaching a relaxed class which rolls on in to a nearby pub for a quick post-ballet pint and gossip before we all head home. Amateur adult dance classes should be fun, physical, sociable and have absolutely no business undermining your body or your self-esteem.
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