I moved to Cornwall a year ago and on deciding to set up my own business and teach full time I was faced with the decision of ‘what to teach?’. I have a variety of teaching qualifications that I have gained over the years and I looked at the Cornish community and I thought yes, I could teach yoga, HIIT, personal training, aerobics, a variety of classic fitness classes – things that are trendy and popular. And don’t get me wrong, I love yoga and fitness training too. I could have full classes every week and make more money doing it that way. Dance would be much harder to convert people, to build a business, to make some pennies, to fill my classes. Regardless, I chose dance. Why? Because I believe in it.
From a personal point of view, dance has been my life. I don’t know what I am without it. It’s the only class I can go to, despite years of training in yoga and meditation, that quietens my busy mind and keeps me 100% present. It’s the only class where I can leave dripping with sweat and aching from head to toe despite never thinking ‘I am doing a workout’ here. It’s the only thing that I don’t ever get bored of (and for those who know me, this is a near-impossible task). I have taught yoga and other fitness and conditioning classes and never seen results in posture improvement like I have teaching students ballet. The same goes for building strength and flexibility – the most rapid changes I see are in my ballet and dance classes. For those adults who take the ‘brave step’ of returning to dance (or starting it!) after many years without doing it, I see the sense of achievement and self-pride it brings like no other activity does. For the kids I teach I see a sense of discipline, self-motivation and team work build over the years they attend dance class. I have taught dance as a mental and physical therapy and witnessed the dramatic benefits it has bought to the sick, vulnerable and elderly. It’s not just a workout, it becomes a way of life and you can start it at anytime.
So, I will continue my mission to bring dance to more people’s lives, so they can experience the ‘dance buzz’ that people are slowly turning to.
Read more about the benefits of dance here.
Or why it’s okay to start dancing as an adult.