DC Fit Teacher
I started dancing at the age of 4 taking jazz, tap, ballet and hip-hop classes and competing in performance troupes.
Tap has always been my favourite style of dance, I’ve competed in tap as a soloist and it’s the only style I’ve kept up into adulthood as both a student and teacher.
I’ve been teaching at Dance Central since 2019. Prior to DC, I taught a couple of years at another dance studio.
Q&A with Genevieve
What got you into teaching?
I started teaching because I wanted to share my passion for tap dancing with others.
What styles of dance do you teach?
Tap. I’ve always found it to be one of the most creative and entertaining styles to choreograph, perform and watch!
What is your favourite group to teach?
Teen to open age.
What is your style of teaching?
My typical style is relaxed and friendly. I focus on creating an environment where students can enjoy dance while giving them the guidance they need to improve their technique.
For more advanced levels I do teach in a more strict and rigorous way to polish routines and ensure they’re performance-ready.
What inspires you when it comes to choreographing?
Music is my main inspiration.
Particularly when it comes to tap dance, I always take notice when I hear a song with an interesting/unique beat to create a matching tap rhythm.
I also love experimenting with different genres; jazz, rock n roll, country, r n b, classical, etc to showcase the diversity of tap by adapting the style to suit each genre!
What do you love most about dance?
The best part of dancing is that when I dance I don’t think about anything else and can just live in the moment.
When I’m in the studio, I’m able to focus on my passion and any stresses or tasks I’ve been dwelling on leave my mind for a few hours and I feel refreshed. Dance is my creative outlet!
What do you love most about teaching?
The students are absolutely the best part of teaching. Everyone brings their unique self to dance and it makes each class bright and fun and different!
I also love connecting with each student and working out the best ways to help them improve. Passing on my skills and knowledge and seeing the students’ growth throughout the year is the most rewarding part of teaching!
What are your top tips for students to get the most out of class?
- Have fun – dance because you love it and if you make a mistake then strike a pose, laugh it off and keep going! Having fun is more important than getting it perfect.
- Never Give Up – Work hard, focus on small improvements and celebrate when you achieve them!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Digging into the biggest, chocolate-filled desserts I can find on a restaurant menu!
Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
Definitely my mum! She’s so caring and positive and has always been my biggest supporter.
Tell us about your personal fashion style.
Simple, minimalistic, complimentary colours.
What’s your favourite quote?
“Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Where would you go on your dream holiday?
Exploring castles and historical locations throughout Europe.