I began ballet and tap as a “tween”, having been a competitive sprinter with a secret desire to be a ballerina or Olympic Ice skater. In 2004, I attended Body Balance™ classes to prepare my ‘four baby body’ to dance again and chase a Bachelor of Dance from AUT University.
As I walked out of class, I felt 2 cm taller. I had no idea that 10 years later, after a long journey alongside my role as a mother, Registered nurse and piano teacher, I would be miles out of my comfort zone as a mature woman: Performing, teaching, choreographing and a Les Mills Body Balance™ Instructor.
I have presented choreography and danced at the Tempo and Tertiary Dance Festivals, and more recently for Dance Inc’s annual beach dance project. Currently, I teach dance to teenagers and adults with disabilities and also regular Body Balance™ classes. I still nurse part-time, and in between parenting responsibilities and jobs you will find me gardening, walking my dog, or out surfing or skiing.
My mission is to be fully inclusive, and to inspire and share my passion for dance in a fun way! I am excited to be teaching Twinkle Toes and Tumble Toes this year, and will continue to impart the amazing benefits of Body Balance™ at The Circuit Room. I never did become an Olympian, but one participant recently gave this feedback: “Awesome class, my daughter was cranky before and said she felt like a new person afterwards” To me, that’s gold.