My mission is to work with kids. It’s what I do, & it’s what I’ve always done. Through dance-teaching, I can share the joy of dance, music & performance with my students. I can empower my dancers to learn, to remember & to show new skills. I can help them to build independence, self-discipline & confidence. It is more important to me to nurture emotionally strong dancers rather than technically strong dancers.
I don’t do competitions for many reasons, but the main reason is that I don’t have the time, space or energy. I am a mum myself (you will all know what that means!), and I have to share our lovely little Glasgow Park Hall with Scouts, Pony Club, & many other community groups.
I don’t do acro work or extreme stretching because I simply do not feel qualified to teach it SAFELY (& believe me, it can be risky).
I don’t do prizegiving because I truly believe the reward of dance is the fun of performance & the enjoyment of reaching goals. EVERYONE can have those experiences, but not everyone can win an annual class trophy.
(I don’t do tap or hip hop or contemporary because I am not trained in those styles myself.)
I DO do exams because they are such an effective way to get my dancers to set, work toward and achieve goals. From the age of 6 or 7 years they are dancing for an examiner BY THEMSELVES. They feel 10 feet tall & bulletproof afterwards!
I DO do a concert because - well, of course I do! Performing for an audience is the pinnacle of any dancer’s experience. And I know how special it is to watch your own precious children up on stage!
As a dance student myself, I entered competitions & won prizes, and I’m not saying any of that is wrong. It’s just not ME. If you are looking for competition experience & acrobatic training, or alternatively dance performance without exams, you will be able to find another dance studio that will suit you better. However, if you want an experienced teacher & mum whose mission in life is to nurture confident, happy, empowered, creative kids through the art form of dance, then welcome! I’ve been waiting for you. :)