My name is Joanna and I'm currently working as a dance teacher and professional dancer. I grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and moved to the US to attend college. Since then I have graduated, moved to Houston, TX and am dancing with Ad Deum II Dance Company, a non-profit professional company. To support myself, I teach ballet, jazz and ballroom after company hours, as I'm unpaid with Ad Deum II.
With my career being incredibly physical (i work 10-12 hour days, 95% of the time on my feet), I've had to think about additional ways to build strength and stamina outside of the studio. I've found that pilates training has benefited my overall well-being and it is something that I enjoy doing.
With a recent surgery on my ankle, I was unable to dance or teach for period of time. This caused me to think about alternatives to my performing career.
I've had my eye on becoming a pilates instructor for awhile. I recently heard about a pilates certification that includes a dance specialization, tailoring specific exercises to the needs of dancers, as well as athletes (gymnasts, ice-skaters etc).
This summer, I have been accepted to the Basi Pilates Certification Teacher Training Course with Dance Specialization in Long Beach, CA from July-August. Prior to that, I've been invited by a San Diego dance company, PGK Dance Project, to guest choreograph at their summer intensive in June. These opportunities are a huge blessing to me and I'm excited to be investing into the lives of those I meet.
Both these opportunities are unpaid. I do earn through my teaching, but am unable to raise funds entirely on my own.
Would you consider partnering with me?
Your financial support will be aiding me in the following ways:
- Pilates Certification tuition: $3795 (remaining needed, as of June 2013, $2138)
- Estimated living costs (food & gas) $1500
With Love and Great Appreciation,
P.S. For more information about my summer adventure, feel free to shoot me a message :)
BASI pilates course: http://www.basipilates.com/education/course/3/cttc-with-dance-specialization/
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