I’ve loved dancing for longer than I can remember and there’s something special about sharing that love with other people, regardless of the their age, gender, ability etc.
I love teaching the different age groups as it reminds me of the basics which are often taken for granted once you’ve been dancing for a while, and it helps me to improve as a dancer since without the basics you have no solid foundation to your technique. This works well in classes as we have a mixture of abilities and experience. The new people are shown the basics while the experienced people are reminded of them allowing everyone to progress. Teaching children and adults makes you vary your vocabulary to ensure everyone understands you.
My husband, Mark, is convinced that one of the reasons I enjoy teaching so much is that I’m bossy and like telling people what to do!! I don’t think he’s far from the mark, if I’m honest, but I like to think that I ‘tell people what to do’ in an encouraging way – come along to one of my classes and let me know!!
Tiny dancer is a great chance for a cute-fix. Under 4’s have brilliant imaginations and no inhibitions. Their little faces looking up at me with a mixture of amazement and fun, and occasionally ‘what are you doing?!’ is the best part. Closely followed by watching them learn to skip (that could be an article in its own right) and developing their uniqueness.
Ballet Tone is a (slightly) grown up version of Tiny Dancer, for adults using everything I’ve learnt during my study of ballet. Concentrating on strength and flexibility of the main muscle groups helping with core strength and posture.
In terms of favourites, tap comes second only to ballet. It’s fun to teach as you can make up age appropriate poems to help to remember the rhythms for the steps and in a large class we can make the noises between us :-).
Zumba really is a party where I get to choose all of the music and create a hard work out which no-one notices as they’re having so much fun. Even if a move doesn’t quite go to plan, no-one minds in the slightest – if anything it adds to the fun laughing with each other (which works your abs too)!