I’ve danced off and on for most of my life really.
Ballet from about age 3, then tap, ballroom, jazz ballet as an adult, Ceroc, and most recently Line Dance.
Another favourite past time growing up was figure skating (roller skating) which I did competitively for a number of years.
Line Dancing and Me
I began Line Dancing in 2009.
Like a lot of people, I had a long held misconception about Line Dancing that had always prevented me from giving it a go.
However, I was completely hooked after my first class and all my pre held beliefs flew out the door. It really is true that we shouldn’t judge a thing until we’ve learnt the truth for ourselves.
I very quickly found that 1 class a week wasn’t enough to satisfy my passion for dance. It wasn’t long before I was attending 4 classes a week. Obsessed? Me? Definitely!!! Line dancing is very addictive!
In 2010 with encouragement from my friends, I started teaching with the first class being held in October at the Tawa Community Centre.
In 2011 I was offered the opportunity to take over the running of the classes I attended in Porirua as the teacher had decided to return to the work force.
Now, in 2015, I teach 9 classes a week with classes catering for the first time Line Dancer through to the experienced advanced dancer and have over 100 dancers across all of those classes.
In 2016 I’m starting 2 more Basic Beginner classes one of which is for children over the age of 10. I’d love to get NZ children into Line Dancing and hope I get a good response to this class. On my recent trips to Tamworth I’ve been amazed to see the number of young people from wee tots through to teenagers enjoying and competing in Line Dancing.
In May of 2015 I arranged a trip for 14 of my dancers to the Mayworth Australian Line Dance Festival which is held in Tamworth in May of each year. This was a huge success and is something I’ll definitely do again in the future.
2016 will be spent running classes, and social events and planning and organising for my first ever workshop weekend which is to be held in June 2017. The workshop classes will be taken by Australian Choreographer Linda Burgess.
Line Dancing has also allowed me to feed my passion for dance in another way – through Choreography – which is a skill I never knew I possessed. In 2012 I choreographed my first dance. This was an Intermediate Level Line Dance to Christina Perri’s beautiful song “A Thousand Years”.
Since then I’ve choreographed a number of other dances most of which I choreograph with my own dancers in mind.
Why the name Silver Lining?
I learnt very quickly that Line Dancing isn’t just all about the dancing.
Just as important as the dancing are the friendships and support that develop through the love an activity which is shared with others.
In addition to the joy of being able to dance, and the satisfaction of doing a physical activity, for many people coming to a Line Dance class provides social interactions and, when times are a bit tough, a group of people to provide support and encouragement.
This made me think about the saying “Every cloud has a silver lining”. A few hours of Line Dancing may well be the Silver Lining which brings happiness on an otherwise “cloudy day”. By the same token, on days when life is great, those few hours of Line Dancing become a Silver Lining in a different way, helping us to celebrate and share that happiness. It’s hard to explain but I hope you get the gist of where I’m coming from!
Dancing makes my Heart sing with joy!