Posted Jan 09, 2022 by Kellie Hansen. Filed under General
Growing up, dancing was my co-curricular activity/hobby. Now it is my full-time job. It was a natural progression from one to the other. I can pass on my passion for dance and get to see students learn and achieve their goals on a day to day basis.
Past and present teachers, fellow dancers and students have inspired my dance teaching career. My students are constantly developing and learning. Therefore I need to evolve with them. The students support and encourage me as much as I do them. We are working together to reach a common goal.
The under 5’s classes are the most enjoyable to teach. Over time, you get to see their personalities develop and their dance training. Younger students are like sponges; they absorb all of their information. We create a nurturing environment for their confidence, self-esteem and creative expression to grow. There is nothing better than seeing the development of a dancer throughout the years. It makes me proud to be a part of their journey, even if it is in a small way.
It is essential to be a positive role model for younger children. It teaches students how to conduct themselves and emphasise the importance of showing respect to others. It encourages them to be the best in dance and general life.
I am compassionate, energetic, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, patient, personable, relatable and reliable.
I don’t think I can pinpoint one moment… It is always memorable to see students do well in examinations and perform on stage after long preparation/tireless work. Seeing the joy on their faces is also a highlight.
I believe the students love;
We use recognisable music and rhymes that the students can creatively respond to for exploration. It is also a combination of classical music and more modern/upbeat tracks.
You are learning about music, how to make music and how to listen to music. I enjoy teaching all genres of dance; ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz and tap. But if I were going to take a class myself, I would probably lean towards tap classes. Tap dance teaches rhythm and musicality.
Either a school teacher or a physiotherapist.