A passion for dance

2016-02-16 06:00
Photo: nosipho mkhize Fuso Danse Studios founder Taren Gaia.

Photo: nosipho mkhize Fuso Danse Studios founder Taren Gaia.

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HER passion for dancing started at an age of five and like most girls her age, she was fascinated by ballet. Thereafter Taren Gaia discovered line dancing six years ago and fell in love with it. This passion grew within her and led her to open Fuso Danse Studios which operates in Kloof and Glenwood.

Gaia said: “I established my dance studio last year teaching line dancing [solo style dancing] for both social and competitive dancers, with both areas aimed at dancers from a beginner to advanced level. Line dancing is a diverse dance style that incorporates country, ballroom, latin, swing, funky, smooth etc. in a way that caters for solo dancers.

“Although line dance incorporates so many genres, I’d have to say that I enjoy nightclub 2 step the best. As difficult as it is technically, the music has the ability to move you in a way you never thought possible.

“As mentioned earlier I started dancing at the age of five doing ballet. I loved doing it, being able to be on stage and play different characters in our shows.

“But my true passion for dancing started six years ago when I discovered line dancing, thanks to the persistence of my mother.

“I loved not being restricted to one style of dance and the fact that I didn’t need a partner to dance waltz or cha cha really appealed to me. In fact I loved it so much that I competed in my first competition three weeks after my first class.

She said her inspiration started with her primary school dance teacher. “I attended a school in Durban called Penzance Primary School where I had the most wonderful ballet teacher who loved and inspired her girls even to this day. Today I draw my inspiration from Alain Rijnvis (Dance2Dance International) who not only trains me competitively, but also assists me to promoting line dance.

“My experience in line dancing extends across many platforms including competing in various competitions locally and overseas. I have several SA titles and I am the current SA champion in my division (intermediate open). I came third at European championships in 2014 and was recently placed third at the World Dance Masters in Blackpool, England in August 2015. I have also performed and choreographed for Shall We Dance.

“My teaching qualifications include being a UK dance council instructor and a member of South African Dance Teachers Associations (SADTA).”

She describes dancing as ‘being real’. “The art of dance can do many things but for me. Through my dancing, I can inspire confidence, bring happiness to an audience and be a role model for others. I have the ability to show them what’s possible through hard work and patience.

“With this studio, I hope to encourage everyone to experience the joy of dancing, from young to old, new and experienced dancers. I also hope that one day we receive enough funding to sponsor competitive dancers and help them not only compete in the country, but give them the opportunity to experience competing overseas.

“I encourage people who want to take up dancing as a career that hard work, dedication and passion are key to becoming a great dancer. But if there’s one thing that I’ve learnt from my trainer it’s that perfection doesn’t come from hard work.

“Perfection comes from being real. To be real you have to believe in yourself. Believe in your ability to make another person feel what you feel. To make them see what you see. No one can do what you do. That’s confidence. Believe that you are a true dancer.”

Perfection comes from being real. To be real you have to believe in yourself.

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