FUEL TO THE FIRE
Dance has the ability to help us deal with difficult situations – it helps us to express that which we find difficult to express in words by providing a platform for our emotions.
At the age of 19 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. During this time, I used dance as a form of therapy. I still remember practising in my hospital room during treatment. During this time I truly discovered and expanded my love of dance. I completed and passed my Modern Dance Associate Exam (final teacher's exam) two days after undergoing radioactive therapy. I continued onto my Hip Hop Associate Exams and completed it in 2013.
Unfortunately, I have some unpleasant memories of dance teachers who tried to push me too hard and who broke me down instead of building me up. This has reinforced my decision to follow this as a career path because I would like to change the negative stigma surrounding many dance teachers.
By December 2013 I knew that the time has come for me to step out on my own and so I opened the doors to Love of Dance Academy in February 2014. It has been an unforgettable journey so far. In October 2015 I hosted Love of Dance Academy's first show in the Atterbury Theatre. We have also completed very successful exam sessions boasting with a 100% pass rate and an average of 80%.I began a class for children with Down syndrome at the beginning of 2016. I believe that dance can have the same therapeutic effects on others as it did for me - even if it is just a means of escaping from social pressure and feeling safe and free. It is our responsibility as young entrepreneurs to find a way of giving back - this is just the start for me. I have met and worked with the most wonderful people over these years that have now formed what I call my dance family. As I dance on this winding road - filled with success, hard work, growth and discovery - I would love for you and/or your child/children to join me.
Teacher's Diploma in the discipline of Modern Dance through SABOD (Previously known as SADTA) - 2011
Teacher's Diploma in the discipline of Hip Hop through SABOD (Previously known as SADTA) - 2013
Teacher at Carol Coetsee School of Modern Dance - Jan 2011 to Dec 2013
Teacher at Genesis Lifestyle Centre - 2011
Choreographer and dancer in numerous productions including Carol Coetsee & Nicci Louw Present Jazz Plus 2012, Carol Coetsee & Nicci Louw Present Jazz Plus 2013, The Big Bang 2015, Art in Motion 2016, Miranda Production 2016, Dance in Colour 2017 and more.
Owner and teacher at Love of Dance Academy - 2014 to present
Dancer at Love of Dance Academy since 2014
Assistant Teacher at Love of Dance Academy since 2018
Currently working on Teacher's Diploma in the discipline of Hip Hop through SABOD (Previously known as SADTA)
Currently working on Teacher's Diploma in the discipline of Modern Dance through SABOD (Previously known as SADTA)
Choreographer and dancer in numerous productions at Love of Dance Academy.
Assistant Teacher at Love of Dance Academy since 2022
Currently working on Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 exams through RAD (Royal Academy of Dance)
Professionally trained in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance
Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Intermediate passed with distinction
National Society of Dance Teachers (NSDT) level 4
Couples & Wedding Dance teacher at Love of dance since 2021
Latin trained for 11 years
Trained nationally and internationally
SADTA Latin American Adult Champ South African Champion 2018 and 2019
Finalist in all competitions danced for 9 consecutive years
Couples & Wedding Dance teacher at Love of dance since 2022
10 years plus experience in competitive Latin and Ballroom dancing. This includes experience in various styles such as Freestyle, Slowdance, Ballroom, Latin, Rock n Roll, Hustle and more
Trained nationally and internationally
Two Time South African Freestyle and Slowdance champion. Qualified to represent South Africa internationally