I taught my first combination dance/gymnastics class in my friend's backyard when I was 10 years old. I choreographed to "You Ain't Never Had a Friend Like Me," from Disney's Aladdin soundtrack and incorporated both balance beam and baton moves.
Somehow, I got a thrill from organizing groups of small children into doing simultaneous movements.
Then I went on to the 5th grade, and high school, and college studying a lot of things only to return to my first career of teaching and choreographing dance. And still, I love it.
I love it when children, and adults (especially adults) come up against some movement or skill they don't think they can do, and with a little coaxing and practice, they master it.
One of the girls I taught this summer told me she could NOT do a one handed cartwheel. I told her she was WRONG, and with a little coaching and encouragement, sure enough, I proved her wrong. She was SO excited about doing the skill, she exclaimed, "I LIKE being wrong!" I will never forget that statement. I like proving people wrong and seeing them do things they never imagined they could do.
Someday I hope to have a studio or gym of my own. But for now, with our nomadic lifestyle, I teach short-term classes at the community center, college, and rec center. If you are interested in a class or private lesson, let me know, if there's not one running at the moment that suits you, I'm sure we can work something out.
For even one person who wants to change their mind about what they can/can't do, I'll gladly show up and teach my heart out.