"Dance is the hidden language of the soul"
Leen Van den broeke
“My dad once told me I moved to music before I could even walk. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with dance and everything around it. I recall videotaping music videos and shows on MTV, which my mum forbid me to watch, and practising the routines in secret. Hearing these songs I used to dance to, my body still remembers most of the steps, while my mind doesn’t. That’s such a magical thing.
Growing up, I always took the opportunity to dance whenever I could: in various dance studios, crews, competitions, workshops, masterclasses, and – of course – at parties. But it’s only by getting older, I became more and more aware of the deeper meaning of the dance. Something intangible, healing and so powerful, like a religion.
Knowing how to dance and knowing how to teach are to very different things. Anyone who truly knows me is well aware: the stories that excite me, I tend to tell very incoherently. So what about this passion? How can I convey these choreographies that I created so proudly in a clear way?
Although I’m certain it wasn’t random luck, I was very fortunate to meet Kate, who is an amazing role model as a teacher, both in dance and in life. She taught me about self-worth and about understanding but also controlling these emotions for others to grasp. It’s not only about the steps. Making others feel what you feel throughout the entire class: liberated, empowered and leaving room for flaws. That’s what makes her teaching unique.” It’s like Martha Graham stated: “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”