I am a Perform-Ability Instructor and it's the biggest joy of my life.

Miss Danni talks about what she loves about being a Perform-Ability instructor and why you should become one too!

Working for Perform-ability has been the most unforgettable experience of my life. Never before have I found work which makes me so happy and there are a number of reasons why.

Miss Danni posing with student, Matthew Lloyd.

First of all, my Perform-Ability students are the light in my life. Each and every one of them has a unique and amazing personality, often brimming with joy, possibility and triumph. They all love music and dancing and want to be there (in class) and learn from you. It’s not only the parents who see our service as an opportunity, but each student sees dancing with us as something to cherish and they respect and frankly adore the teaching staff. I have worked in mainstream teaching drama and dance and a lot of the time I had to fight for attention, and definitely respect. I’m not saying there are no challenges – there are certainly many challenges in any class, but our students attitude is not one of them.

Working for Perform-ability has been the most unforgettable experience of my life. Never before have I found work which makes me so happy and there are a number of reasons why.

Secondly, learning how to teach dance to people with a disability gives you a new perspective into movement, behaviour and communication. (As dance teachers) We all know how to break down a move in terms of counts, and maybe you usually ask the class to “move to the left” when needed. But what if the people in your class weren’t sure which way left was? Or perhaps your student has reduced proprioception and needs assistance literally finding their feet. How are you going to give instructions to someone who finds it difficult to follow instructions? That is both the challenge and the joy of working with people with disabilities. It not only gives you a different perspective on how to think about movement and music, but also how to use your problem solving skills and knowledge to find a new way to teach. You are then rewarded with the finished product of a dance that you and your students have worked hard to create, which they can perform locally, inter-state and sometimes overseas! When other people say, “it’s too hard”, we learn to say, “no, it’s just different”.

When other people say, “it’s too hard”, we learn to say, “no, it’s just different”.

The final reason teaching dance to people with disabilities is the best job in the world, is the huge, heart-smattering, joy bringing smiles that the students give you when they dance. They remind me every day what dance is about, which is essentially to have fun. Oh and we do have fun. We dance, we laugh, we giggle, we smile, we work hard, but most of all, we make a difference in people’s lives just be reimagining the rules on how to teach dance. 

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