For the past two years my Beauty With A Purpose has been all about getting girls involved in sport. Being physically active can bring you so much in life like a healthier body and mental health, a sense of belonging, teamwork, dedication, and so much more!
I never thought that I was athletic growing up because I did not excel in gym class yet I was dancing competitively 25-30 hours a week.
I started the You Go Girl project as a free monthly workshop in my community where girls could come out and try a new sport each month that might not be offered in their gym class curriculum to show them all the amazing sports that are out there! In Canada if a girl has not participated in sport by the age of 10 then there is only a 10% chance that she will be physically active later in life- I am trying to change that.
Since COVID-19 temporarily put a pause on in person workshops I have started a podcast where each week I interview a successful Canadian women about her sport to show that representation matters. I also have a third secret project that I am working on, but more about that later.
I have always loved dance since I first started when I was one and a half years old. These past few years I have been teaching tap, jazz, and ballet at a local dance studio and I was quite nervous going back to teach my first classes this week since the studio re-opened.
The second I started teaching all those nerves disappeared! Of course we have strong COVID measures in place so we all felt safe in our environment but I forgot a few things about teaching dance. The first, is that it reminds me how much I love the sport of dance: moving, creating, listening to music, and interacting with others are just some of the reasons that I am absolutely in love with the sport. The second is that there is no greater feeling than empowering the next generation of athletes, giving them tips and tricks to improve their skills and cheering them on every single step of the way. I absolutely love teaching dance so I can share my skills and see young women grow not only in their dance abilities but also as people. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings!
And as an added bonus for my own physical fitness, after I am done teaching there is still half an hour left of the adult aerials class. For those who don’t know aerials are an artistic acrobatic form done in the air on difference apparatuses (think like Cirque du Soleil). I used to compete across North America in aerial competitions before a shoulder injury forced me to stop for two years. It was great to get back on the aerial hoop and see what I can still do- but there is still so much to learn.