In the 1980s I got dragged somewhat unwillingly to a Jive Dance class at the famous Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden, London. Little
did I know that this would become a major passion in my life. I became addicted to dance.
I returned to New Zealand to start French Jive lessons in Auckland. Many years and classes later, we had become a team of teachers, staff, venues—many plates spinning as I managed it all as a single parent. Looking back, I don’t know how that was even possible. In the end my life moved on, and I passed the torch to others.
Then, in the last 3 years, I got invited out of dance retirement to teach a local group. This led to another class, and I found myself once again falling for dance, feeling good about doing this again after such a long break—and as a mature teacher.
But meanwhile, a lot had changed in the dance industry here, and various forms of networking had vanished or been superseded by on-line sites and social media. Many ways to market to a targeted group of dancers and enthusiasts no longer existed. One of them was Where to Dance, a wonderful website and newsletter specifically about the Social / Partner Dance scene, run with incredible love and enthusiasm by Kay Lindley.
I really missed Where to Dance, especially as a Social Dance teacher starting again from scratch. I’m so grateful Kay agreed to pass on the URL and database in order to build on her dream. I hope to be able to represent our Social Dance Community with as much passion as Kay did. Social Dance is a part of our dance community that deserves representation—a big slice of dance life in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
I remain open to all ideas and suggestions, and aim to educate, support, and promote Partner Dancing across our fair land. Please do get in touch with your dance news and help yourself to a free listing for your classes.
Here’s to taking more chances and dancing more dances!
Mauri ora / Stay well
Colour photo © Sharlene Ferguson
B&W photo © Mark Round,