My little girl Acacia loves music and loves to dance. Before turning 4 she repeatedly told us that she want’s to be a ballet girl. Abbey from Top Tots gave me the contact details for Kathleen Webb’s School of Dance, her little girl has attended ballet lessons with Kathleen for some time.
When I was a little girl (way back in the mists of time), I loved the idea of doing ballet, but I did not enjoy ballet classes. I wanted to dance but the rigid old-fashioned way was to spend the entire class doing the steps over and over, it had a rather military feel. While this method encouraged discipline and good posture, a little girl with music in her head just wants to dance like a fairy princess. I felt like a frisky colt on a very tight rein. Kathleen manages to marry the aspect of discipline (which I see as the backbone of ballet) with fun and dance. She interacts with the children with warmth yet firmness and the children clearly love the time spent in her classes. Sometimes she tells stories such as ‘The Frog Prince’ and teaches the children a dance which fits the story. Waiting for Acacia to turn 4 (the starting age at which Kathleen takes pupils) was a good idea. I expected Acacia to hang back and be shy to participate but from the start of her first class she joined in, and loved it. She looks forward to ballet lessons and in the 6 months since starting she has come a long way.
You can contact Kathleen on Cell 073 6172228 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In Boksburg the classes are held at St John’s Presbyterian church next to the old home affairs on Leeupoort street. Kathleen also teaches Ballet open classes on Fridays at Visions Dance Academy, 138 Northdene Ave, Brakpan
Update – Acacia has been with Kathleen for 3 years now, she has taken part in 2 Eisteddfods and done a RAD exam. I often look at her posture and think that it is thanks to ballet that she holds herself so well. She still loves dancing and gains so much from her lessons.
If you are looking for a music teacher in Boksburg, Acacia goes to piano lessons with John Skinner in Parkdene and he is a wonderful teacher