Never Say Never Again

Especially about being a dance teacher!  Yep – I’m becoming a dance teacher again.  January 2021.  With Island Dance.  I’m not usually one for ‘going back’ but this feels much more like a new chapter than a revisit to an old one.

Maybe we should take it back a bit and add some context to this.

I used to own my own dance studio, The Dance Factory, until 2011 when I sold it to one of my staff.

There isn’t one ‘single’ reason why I sold up.  Just the right thing to do at the time.  My first child was 12 months old, my husband worked away, and the studio grew much more quickly than I ever expected.  An opportunity arose, I took it.

I Kept My Toes In…

I never thought I’d teach again to be honest. Not as my main job anyway.  I carried on teaching Zumba and still loved dancing myself and throughout the years tried to attend a few classes.  I even taught Adult Ballet at the local college and covered teaching Performing Arts BTEC.  But did I ever want to get back into it all?  Be a full time dance teacher?

No.

Or did I just need time out?

 

So how did I get to here?

When we knew we were moving to Bribie Island OF COURSE I looked to see if there was a dance school offering adult classes.  Enter Island Dance!  And the incredible, warm, generous and talented Marie Buck.  Founder & Principal.

My first week on Bribie I went along to their adult Hip Hop class and had a wonderful time!  The next week I went to ballet – and became a regular face at the barre.

Skip forward months and COVID and all kinds of stuff and, knowing I was a teacher, Miss Marie asked if I could occassionally cover a class.  Which I did, and really enjoyed it.  Alongside this, the idea was floated (and I swear it wasn’t me!) that perhaps me and my fellow class mate, Jess might be interested in doing an exam.

Me?

Exam?

In Ballet?

Wait while I grab my shoes and leotard I AM IN!!!!!!!!!!!!

When we knew we were moving to Bribie Island OF COURSE I looked to see if there was a dance school offering adult classes.  Enter Island Dance!  And the incredible, warm, generous and

Dance Teacher Available

And really I think it was all the work that went into doing the exam that spoke to my soul and whispered to my heart ‘This is where you’re meant to be.”

I loved it all.  The repetition, the technique, the theory, the dizziness from trying to do pirouettes (unsuccessfully) and generally just feeling at home in the studio.

So when Miss Marie advertised for new staff, it was with slight trepidation but a whole bunch of excitement that I applied.

Roll on January and my new classes – can’t wait to meet my new students, can’t wait to get back in the studio!

What Does It Mean?

For me, as an immigrant, a wife, a Mum, a woman – what does that mean for me?  It means I feel happy and fulfilled to be able to do something I love so much.  I’m grateful I get to be part of such a lovely team of dance teachers.  I’m incredibly happy to be contributing to the community, the economy, and the lives of little kids.  And I’m proud that I’m following my heart – even when it terrifes me!