For the love of dance

2018-04-17 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedBronwyn Whittington dancing at her studio.

PHOTO: suppliedBronwyn Whittington dancing at her studio.

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THE Pinetown Fever reporter Nosipho Mkhize chatted to a dancer Bronwyn Whittington to find out more about her life and career as a pole fitness trainer.

NM: Please tell me a about yourself?

BW: My name is Bronwyn and I consider myself mom/wife/pole and aerial studio owner/dance instructor/gym owner/bookkeeper/marketer/jack of all trades. I am the proud owner of Nouveau Dance Studio in Pinetown and most recently co-owner of BelleFit Boutique Gym, based in Durban.

NM: Please take me through your childhood memories.

BW: I spent almost every day dancing when I wasn’t in school or doing homework. I had no other interests other than dancing and practicing for dance competitions and of course, hanging out with friends.

NM: When did you begin dancing?

BW: I began dancing in 1989 at the age of 11-years-old. I lived in East London and danced with Nicky Swale’s Dance Studio.

NM: What type of dance do you do?

BW: My career started with high-energy freestyle and hip-hop dancing. Later in my career I moved into the aerial arts and now I teach pole fitness and aerial yoga. We will be launching lyra (aerial hoop) this year as well.

NM: What encouraged you to become a dancer?

BW: I saw my cousins doing it and it looked fun, so, I went to try out a class.

NM: When did you establish your dance school?

BW: I moved to Durban and opened up my kids dance studio, Extreme Dance Company, in January 2004. I then opened up Nouveau Dance Studio, for ladies only, in June 2010.

NM: Who can join your dance classes?

BW: Extreme Dance Company is for children from the age of 5-years-old to teenagers and the Nouveau Dance Studio is for ladies only.

NM: Where do you see yourself in the next coming years?

BW: I see myself still as a dance instructor.

NM: What advice you have for someone who wants to take dancing as a career?

BW: Do an apprenticeship with a studio first to get an idea of what it is really like running a dance business.

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