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” Children learn to explore and be creative with each step they learn from a dance class.Dance and movement is important to the development of kids’ sensory and bodily awareness, concentration and self-esteem, skills that are important throughout a child’s life. It also gets them active and helps expend pent-up energy positively and with music they are not aware that they are learning motor, cognitive, kinesthetic and social skills.
When taking your child to a dance studio or school they should learn from qualified teachers and one way to ensure that they are qualified is by ensuring that they learn a dance syllabus with a reputable association such as DanceCor, A.I.D.T, S.A.D.T.A., Dance Educators S.A., R.A.D., etc or that they have received a diploma in dance from institutions such as UCT and TUT. Learning through associations/institutionsensures that the student is taught the fundamental principles of their chosen dance style. It gives them the ‘building blocks’ of technique as well as core stability and enables them to progress to an advanced standard. A syllabus allows teachers and students to work towards a common goal at a steady pace as students have the chance to consolidate their training and increase their proficiency. When students participate in ‘Open’ or classes without set exercises, they tend to be preoccupied with remembering steps and keeping in time with the music, whereas with a familiar syllabus they can focus on their technique and artistry. Open classes are however essential as this teaches the students to learn various dance styles, improvise and cope at a fast dance pace and this will help form a versatile dancer.
I have been taking dance classes since the age of 4 years old starting with tap and ballet and eventually doing modern, spanish, contemporary, jazz then hip hop/funk. In high school I was accepted at the ballet school in Braamfontein doing 4 hours of dancing every day, and weekends I was helping my mom (a dance teacher) with little ones teaching them the basics and at the same time completing my own dance exams. By the age of 23 I had completed my Teachers Diploma in Modern, Tap and Hip Hop, also completing certificates in advanced Spanish and Intermediate Ballet.
I have been teaching and growing my business since 1997 in Port Elizabeth to where it is today. In our studio today 16 years later, we offer a huge variety of styles like hip hop, modern, tap, latin/ballroom, street dance, jazz, contemporary and funk. I have 7 teachers instructing the various classes at my studio in Lorraine and Charlo. Our curriculum includes exam and open classes and we find that entering our dancers in competitions such as the PE Dance Festival and the AllStarz Championships helps them develop into stronger performers. I have taken my dancers abroad to compete in Germany, Sweden, Portugal and U.S.A. Next year our studio will be participating in Dance Sport (SASCOC)where dancers have the opportunity to receive their EC colours in dance. Every year we have a show at the Opera House and Prize-giving to acknowledge all the dancers achievements and offer bursaries.
In between all these busy events we also host hip hop parties to all ages, perform at corporate events, offer holiday dance clubs to kids and teens, teach at schools and choreograph for their recitals and offer moms callanetics stretch and tone classes.
Through hard work and dedication I have developed a reputation in PE for dance and will be choreographing for “Showtime” directed by Bob Everleigh in 2014.
What I enjoy most about my work is my flexible time to see to my two sons 8 and 11 years and teaching from home also gives me time to do the admin in the mornings as well as squeeze in some hobbies I enjoy. I feel I have succeeded when I look at the end of the year at how much the dancers have learnt and how they have progressed technically and with confidence. When asked is there anything else I would do I would say this is what I have been born to do as it comes naturally to me and every aspect to the word dance is what I have been doing since the age of 4.”
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