Leen | Belgium
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with dance. I recall videotaping music videos 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. But it’s only by getting older, I became aware of the deeper meaning of the dance. Something intangible, healing and powerful, like a religion.
Knowing how to dance and knowing how to teach are to very different things. I tend to tell stories quite incoherently. So what about this passion? How can I convey these choreographies that I created so proudly in a clear way?
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.”