Kate attended her first ballet lesson when I was just 5 years old. When she turned 9, she moved to Canberra and started dancing Jazz Funk at Dance Central one class a week. Since then, she has also trained in Jazz Funk, Lyrical, Ballet, Contemporary and Technique (and a tiny bit of Hip Hop at workshops!), mainly through the Eisteddfod troupe program. She is keen to explore different dance styles like Hip Hop and Tao to further broaden her dance experience.
Kate is also one of our student teachers.
What inspires you to keep on dancing?
It is just so much fun! Dancing is a great way to connect with new people, to stay fit and healthy, and to constantly be learning new things. It is also a great form of stress-relief and a way to be creative, both of which are very important.
What is the most challenging thing about dance to you?
Perseverance. For example, it is lots of fun to be able to do the splits, but the hard part is pushing yourself through the uncomfortable stretching to get there! You can be as great a dancer as you like, it just depends how many tricky things you are willing to persevere through.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to try something just because you don’t think you will be good at it! The only way to become good at something is to go through the sometimes embarrassing and frustrating stages of being not so good!
Why Dance Central?
I chose Dance Central (and continue to choose Dance Central) because it is a happy and inclusive environment that allows for dancers of all levels to develop not only their technical abilities, but also self-confidence and capacity for self-expression. At Dance Central, there is no pressure to be the best, only to be better than you were yesterday!