Move With Me Dance Studio is the culmination of years of passion, frustration and desire to create a studio that is different to the rest. A studio that isn’t afraid to do things a little different. A studio that focuses on the progression of the student, providing expert tutelage and creating a harmonious learning environment with a dash of humour to lighten the atmosphere!
I was extremely excited when I was offered a chance to become a dance instructor. I had started dancing with the goal of learning something fun, refined and entertaining. Also, I had seen the delightful Richard Gere film “Shall We Dance?” (2004) and absolutely loved the reason behind why the lead character chose to dance. He wanted that little bit extra out of life. Over the next few years I was given the opportunity to live out a passion of mine. I sacrificed everything to do this: worked every shift, much to the chagrin of anyone in my social/personal life. But I loved it. Work did not feel like work, I was paid to dance, have fun and entertain. I was paid to make people feel ecstatic about dance.
Unfortunately there comes a time where business and passion tend to clash. I became disillusioned with the industry when I realised that these clashes were often at the detriment of the students. This was not the industry that I loved being a part of and it was depressing to see.
At the beginning of 2016 I was left with a heartbreaking decision. Leave the industry that I had fallen in love with or take a gamble. That gamble: to establish my own brand, my own style, my way of sharing my love for dance with anyone and everyone!
We started out teaching group classes from the local tavern. That first class was very humbling. Four people turned up (one of them was my mother)! But we continued on and with time, we gained a loyal following of like minded dancers who shared a passion for dance. With the encouragement of the community we had grown, I opened the Move With Me Dance Studio.
It’s been almost a year since we opened the studio. We have competed on a national level, launched our very own social nights, we even have an app! We have focused on delivering a service that nurtures an individuals' passion, rather then exploiting it. Our community of dancers are enthusiastic about dance and are just as enthusiastic to share their experience with other people. I have never seen a demographic so diverse, yet so harmonious.
When I started dancing, I was just looking for a challenge, a distraction, an outlet from life. What I got was a life long passion. My self confidence has sky rocketed, I’ve managed to lose a lot of weight (70kg!) & I get to do something I love for work. Move With Me is my chance to share all of this with you.