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posted 27 Jan 2011, 08:25 by Natalie Watkins
Hey all,
 
Wow.  I've just looked at my diary for Feb, and I'm so excited.  I'm booked in to train with Maxine Betts (who I've trained with before and will never cease to be amazed by), Alethea Austin (the lady to learn floorwork from) and Becca Butcher (whose ninja-inspired style is just jaw-dropping).
 
It's such a privilege to be able to study under these incredible women.  They are all world-class dancers and Maxine in particular is an inspiration (I will explain why sometime soon, but she deserves a post all to herself).
 
The thing I have to remember, though, is that that we all take something different from an instructor.  No matter how much I might sometimes wish it would, none of this will make me 'become' Alethea.  Each of us has our own beautiful style, and the role of an instructor is to help the student unlock that style.  The basic poledance moves are like vocabulary when learning a language.  You have to study them, and you have to get them right.  It can be time consuming and sometime repetitive (though thankfully with pole, never boring).  The reward for that effort, is the ability to communicate.  Other people teach you the 'words', but what you say has to come from the heart.
 
I can't wait to see what I can learn in these sessions, and of course pass on as much of this as I can to my students.  I'll keep you updated on what I find.
 
Much love
 
Natalie
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