If you haven’t yet made it to a magical class at our school, you may be wondering about our teachers. Well, we can assure you that every single one of them loves to dance and teach more than anything. They’ve all had a life filled with dance, with many of them starting from a young age like your little ones. Their love has followed them all the way through life from their first steps to their roles as teachers at Tutu today.
Here we share with you why they love to teach so much plus some fun facts so you can get to know them better, even if you have made it to one of our classes before!
Founder and Director
For Tutu founder and director, Elke, she loves to teach because of the immediacy and spontaneity of the children, and their imaginations and the joy of sharing dance.
“I also love watching them blossom as dancers and into confident individuals,” she said. “The sense of pride you feel as a teacher when the children progress is indescribable. It is the most joy-filled wonderful job that I get to create cherished childhood memories.”
A fun fact about Elke is that she owns two dogs, Pablo and Buddy.
For Belinda, she Ioves to teach because it never ceases to amaze her how every class develops its own personality and reactions.
“I teach a lot of classes and not one is the same,” she said. “The way the students handle the learning activities and develop group interactions is quite different. Even within classes the groups function differently and develop their own personalities.”
A fun fact about Miss Belinda is that from about age 6 to 11 she believed she was “Jeanie” from “I dream of Jeanie”, of course, and she kept a bottle by her bed that she used to do her magic to get in her bed. That meant she was in her bottle. Loved it and secretly, she still wishes she was her.
For Chylie, what she loves about teaching is watching students evolve, seeing each child gain an understanding of their body through dance, seeing students achieve a move or skill and witnessing the excitement they show. “I also love seeing when the brain and the body connect for the individual, and, lastly, nurturing their creativity,” she said.
A fun fact about Miss Chylie is that she is a bit of a thrill seeker who loves to parachute out of planes and such.
For Emily, she loves every aspect of teaching dance! “At a fundamental level, I love the fact that I’m sharing a love of movement and body awareness with my students, but it is much more than that!” she said. “I love the fact that it doesn’t matter what’s going on in my life, their lives or the world around us, for the time they are in class none of that matters.”
“They have a complete freedom to express themselves through movement, build friendships and much more whilst learning a beautiful art form. I also love being able to build special relationships with each student and the challenge that discovering their unique and individual talents provides me.”
Two fun facts about Miss Emily are that she knows the names of all the muscles and bones in the body and is left handed.
For Tash, she loves seeing the children grow and develop. “It’s not only as dancers though, but as individuals as they discover themselves through movement.”
A fun fact about Miss Tash is that she her favourite colour is blue, and she loves sushi and chocolate – but not at the same time.
For Katie, she loves to teach to see the children have fun and to see the smiles on their faces. “I love to nurture their skills and help them to grow technically and emotionally through dance,” she said. “It’s my hope that through my influence little dancers will share my love for dance.”
A fun fact about Miss Katie is that she has an identical twin sister (Michelle) and she spent the last 10 years as a Style director for Toni and Guy Salons.
For Chelsea, as a teacher she loves being a part of a child’s journey, to be able to help them grow as they discover everything dance has to offer. “I also love the opportunity to see the world through their wonderful imaginations,” she said.
A fun fact about Miss Chelsea is that she likes to volunteer on archaeological digs.
For Marie, her love of teaching comes from her joy at watching children learn to grasp tricky techniques and improve over the course of the term. “I generally enjoy watching children progress, whether it is technically, a growth in confidence or an increase in maturity,” she said.
A fun fact about Miss Marie is that she can speak Russian.
For Marissa, she loves to teach because she really enjoys working with amazing teachers and inspiring little ballerinas to love dance. “I feel that dance is a wonderful forum to develop a child’s creativity and expression,” she said.
A fun fact about Miss Marissa is that her favourite flowers are sunflowers.
For our newest teacher at Tutu, Amy, she loves everything about teaching from the movement, to the music, to the stories. “I couldn’t think of a better way to spend time than in a dance studio helping others and changing their lives,” she said. “It’s a great feeling when students and parents say how great class is, or you inspire them, or they want to be just like you, you know you’ve made a small difference in a person’s day.”
A fun fact about Miss Amy is that when she’s not teaching at Tutu you’ll find her dressed up as a Disney princess for children’s kid’s parties. Her love of imagination doesn’t stop with her dance classes!
Want to find out more about our teachers? You can read their bios on our about us page. [Link to about us page]