I commenced dancing when I was six years old. One day I had seen a ballroom dance competition on TV and told my mum that it interested me.
When she saw my enthusiasm she signed me up for the next school dance class. Naturally I first began in a children's beginners dance class. I loved it so much that to this day I have never stopped dancing.
Daily dance training became a huge part of my life. Dancing was just as important as my education was but I viewed it as so much more fun and entertainment at the same time.
Being in a studio environment gave me sense of belonging, especially since I felt like a kindred spirit with a certain group of dancers. I had the best group to socialize with and feel safe. Till this day many of the friends I have made along my journey in dancing are still very close friends even today. It was just so much fun learning and laughing together and many of my best memories are related to those times in dancing.
I was introduced to the world of ballroom dancing when I was 9 years old, in my first ‘general class’ at Humphreys Dance Studio. My mother used to dance when she was younger which I’m sure is one of the reasons I ended up there, after having already been through the tap, ballet and jazz experience first. I was immediately engulfed by the energy of the studio, the music, the people and the movement. What initially made me fall in love with dancing was this energy; it was fun! Through my primary school years, this became my ‘thing’; not being a particularly sporty kid, this was what I spent my time doing after school and on Saturdays. The classes were full of other kids my age and I formed friends in that first year that are still close friends of mine now, over 10 years later.
Metropolitan Perth WA
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