Dance has always been part of my life and, consequently, part of my education.
As a young dancer, I excelled in Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing examinations. I have since furthered my formal qualifications by completing a degree in Dance Education.
More generally, I believe that many “life lessons” are learned in a dancing class. Ballet classes taught me the importance of listening, learning and working hard from an early age, while also inspiring me to always push myself to reach higher and stretch further (both literally and metaphorically!). Dancers strive to create poetry in motion and attempt to accomplish impossibly idealised positions, movements and combinations of steps. This means individuals who dance are motivated to make the most of their abilities and be the best that they can possibly be.
Still, technical prowess will only get you so far. What is truly captivating about dance is its ability to transport both the performer and spectators. Losing myself in a dance class has always been key to helping me find myself. I know I will feel more grounded – more “me” – afterwards. As dancing requires total mind-body commitment, it is all-encompassing. I think it is this that makes dancing so addictive. And, even if I am not dancing myself, watching others use movement expressively and connecting in some way with their performance reminds me of the power of dance – it can truly make the rest of the world disappear.
I am an advocate of the argument that dance has a role to play in everyone’s life. It can be an outlet for enjoyment, expression and stress release; it boosts physical, mental and emotional health; and it nurtures musicality, creativity and confidence.
It is for these reasons that I have enthusiastically pirouetted my way into the dance teaching profession…