Competitive Dancesport is Sport and Art mixed in together. You need the stamina of an athlete, with the grace of artistic movement.
Dancesport in Australia has three styles – Standard, Latin & New Vogue. The Standard dances comprise of Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep & Viennese Waltz. The Latin stye has Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble & Jive. Each of these dances are part of the dancesport arena internationally.
New Vogue is a predominately Australian style which mixes the technically ability of dancing as one couple of the Standard style, with the freedom and expression of arm lines of the Latin style. These dance style has 16 competitive dances – but only up to 5 will be danced in an event at any given time.
My team and I have always felt that coaching encompasses not only the “teaching” of the steps but the growth and building of the students ability to be able to interpret the movement. BUT not only is it about the dancing. It is actually about life. We teach the steps, we coach on movement, emotion, feeling, etc etc and then we mentor the growth. Coaching is about life skills not only the dancing.
As a dancer you know that it is not just the steps that make the dance it is about having the “support” of your teachers/coaches encouragement into taking to new realms and pushing the boundary. I find as a coach that I need to support my students “life” – their mental wellbeing to get the best out of them. Provide the opportunity to be a safe house with their emotions. Allow them to be “raw” in their feelings and see where their interpretation takes the steps. Part of being a great coach is involving them at every step and giving the student the opportunity to have input (right or wrong) into every aspect of their dancing, their passion, their life. Then having the ability to mould their dancing to grow even more. It will then enhance the growth and maturity of their life in every aspect.
A coach IS a teacher – and a mentor, friend, mother, father, best mate, doctor, psychologist, and more….
Let us start your competitive journey, from Recreational competitor, to Professional. Available for all styles.