Line-dancer is a world champion

2016-09-20 06:00
Taren Gaia returned home the World Dance Masters Championship winner. Photo: supplied

Taren Gaia returned home the World Dance Masters Championship winner. Photo: supplied

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FUSO Danse Studios founder Taren Gaia, recently returned home world champion after competing in the World Dance Masters Championship in Blackpool, England.

This competition is hosted by World Dance Masters and is held annually in Winter Gardens Empress Ballroom.

“I competed in the intermediate open division against seven participants from England, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, France and South Africa. The competition was tough since a lot of the dancers train in dance academy or dance for a living.
“This achievement has been four years in the making. But it was not without hours of physically and mentally training.”

For Gaia, winning a world championship title came as a total shock.
“Even with all the training, reaching my goal has been a journey that seemed impossible at times but things are only impossible until someone does them.
“With the training from my coach Alain Rijnvis, I was able to show others that achieving your goals and dreams comes down to three things - dedication, an open mind, and most importantly, to believe in yourself that you are your dreams.

“Gone are the days of Achy Breaky Heart, square dancing. Line dance is all about diversity, incorporating styles from many different genres of dance including Latin, hip-hop and country.”

She said her love for dance is driving her to create new ways of changing the thinking of what line dance is. Some of which will be actioned in the coming year, with the aim of trying to get younger generation involved.

Gaia is a qualified chartered accountant working for Stefanutti Stocks Civils KZN and a UK instructor and choreographer.
Fuso Danse Studios caters for social line dance throughout Durban and provides line dance classes for Dance2Dance International in Kloof and Dance Glenwood.

“I encourage people who want to take up dancing as a career that hard work, dedication and passion are the key to becoming a great dancer. But if there’s one thing that I’ve learnt from my trainer it’s that perfection does come from hard work.”

For more information, visit email taren or visit her Facebook page, Fuso Danse Studios.
- Fever Reporter.

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