I am a teacher first and foremost. I maintain an active lifestyle and keep myself on my toes by teaching several age groups, at 3 studios and 1 gym, across 2 states. Some will ask me, why? Because I love to teach! Plain and simple.
When I was graduating from the undergraduate program at the University of Utah I had a decision to make; audition for companies, or stay in school. I chose to pursue my MFA for 3 main reasons, my asthma, my knees, and so I could pass along my knowledge to others. I am grateful every day for the decision I made to stay in school and pursue my degree. The doors that have been opened and closed throughout the years are learning experiences that I can cherish and carry with me.
From 3 years old to adults, anyone can learn to dance. Not everyone will pursue a professional career, but we can all enjoy the art form through our various abilities. I love seeing small children finally get the step hop pattern in a skip, or an advanced student who accomplished 32 consecutive fouette turns. From shuffle ball change to a grand pirouette, dance is exciting!
I teach 6 days a week, sometimes 7 during performances, so I am constantly asked, why also teach group fitness? Because I love to move and I want my body to stay healthy. Going to the gym does not have to be a strenuous , drag your feet kicking and screaming activity. I have come to love fitness through classes and being in a room filled with people doing the same thing as me, without any judgment. Les Mills is about creating Fitness Magic; achieving goals together through instructor motivation and fantastic music. And what is better than participating in these classes? Putting the mic on, getting up on stage, and watching the success in front me.
So if you sit there and think, this girl is crazy, she teaches too much, she doesn't rest, she travels too far. Just remember at the end of the day, I've taught someone something, and I have learned from what I taught. Teaching is a two way street and passing my knowledge on and seeing the passion returned through determination and joy from success, makes my entire day just that much more fulfilling. Some days are harder than others, but learning takes patience and time!
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Olivia Allen, teacher, choreographer, dancer.