How Dance Extreme Helped Me Become A Teacher
14 years ago, I stepped into Dance Extreme for my very first dance class. At that time, my parents and I didn’t have any expectations for the beginner jazz class. The sole intention was to keep a tween busy on a Saturday afternoon. However, it turned out to be so much more.
Fast forward 14 years, I am now an Ontario certified teacher who is teaching Grade 1/2 in Toronto. I just recently returned from a 3 year teaching contract at a Canadian International school overseas. None of this would’ve happened if I didn’t begin my dance journey at Dance Extreme in London Ontario, where I developed not only a love for dance but for working with children which sparked the beginnings of the career I now have.
Dance teaches you to have patience, to be disciplined, and it empowers you to be the person you want to be. Back then, I admired my dance teachers and wanted to be just like them. I knew I had to work hard if I wanted to teach others how to dance as well. I went from taking one 45 minute class every Saturday to dancing 6 days a week.
My family even moved so I could live down the street from the studio! From teaching recreational classes to workshops at local public schools, the opportunities Ms. Rebecca provided me with were endless. It is without a doubt that Dance Extreme truly pathed the road for my teaching career and shaped me to be the person I am today.
Esther Ip is a former Dance Extreme student and faculty member who now teaches at the primary level in Toronto, Ontario after spending the last few years teaching at a Canadian International school overseas. Esther loves chocolate, dogs and inspiring her students.