Meet our new adult classes teacher Wayne Parsons. Wayne will be teaching a Level 2 Contemporary class every Thursday at 6.30pm. We asked him a few questions to get to know our new teacher.
Why did you start dancing?
I begun dancing because I loved to move. Prior to dancing I used to love long distance running and gymnastics. When it came to selecting GCSE's at school I was lucky in that my school taught both GCSE and A Level dance. It was the only school in the city to do so. It's just as well the school did offer these opportunities because taking GCSE Dance was the beginning of what would become my career in dance.
What is the most rewarding thing about teaching?
My first job was with National Dance Company Wales and the company would teach workshops to schools in the areas at which we performed. That provided me with a lot of experience. It was great training, actually, because I found myself teaching through my career for companies like Richard Alston Dance Company, Shobana Jeyasingh and as a freelancer I have taught at at places like London Studio Centre, CAT Ipswich and Trinity Laban, Codarts, Beijing Academy, London Contemporary Dance School and for my own company. Teaching is always a surprise as each class brings new experience for myself and hopefully those I teach. It's aways a joy to watch others develop and deepen their understand by making new discoveries and taking risks in class. It's the safe place to take risks and I enjoy encouraging and seeing that when I teach. Each class is everything and nothing all at once. We all arrive wanting the best from the class. It comes and goes and we do it all again from the beginning with the knowledge we carry from the last. Slowly you improve, but the most important thing is that each class is an enjoyable experience for all involved.
What are you most looking forward to about teaching classes at The Place?
Having trained at London Contemporary Dance School it will be nice to come back to teach on the adult classes programme. My career has always brought me back to The Place; in a lot of ways it is my dance home.
What advice would you give to someone who is nervous about dancing for the first time?
It can all seem very scary at first, but like I said earlier, each class needs to be taken one at a time and that is true whether you are dancing everyday or once a month. The adult classes at The Place are designed for those who dance a lot and those who dance very little, so there will definitely be something that feels like it is the right level for you. One of the best things about dance classes is the sense of community that you build through regular attendance. Although it is often a solo practice, dance class is ultimately a shared experience where you learn from and with those around you. Plus, the teachers don't bite! We're all pretty friendly.
Find out more and book on our classes page.
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