Isle of Man News - POSTED Wed 09-08-2017

MoveIt Dance’s Jasmine celebrates BBO graduation

by LC

MoveIt Dance’s Jasmine celebrates BBO graduation

MoveIt Dance has added yet another accreditation to its name with dance teacher Jasmine Marsh graduating from the British Ballet Organisation (BBO).

At the ceremony in London, Jasmine was congratulated by world-class dancer, director, choreographer and actor Wayne Sleep OBE, who presented her certificate for Level 4 and 5 Dance Teacher accreditation.

Alongside teaching, Jasmine has studied with the BBO for two years and has completed written and practical exams for 10 modules. Although the course was based in London, which meant that Jasmine had to make several trips across each year, invigilators also visited her at MoveIt Dance’s studio to assess her progress. The teaching accreditation covers a wide range of dance disciplines, with Jasmine selecting Ballet, Tap and Jazz as her core subjects.

Jasmine said: ‘I’m so grateful to MoveIt Dance for supporting me throughout my qualification and it’s been a huge benefit to both myself and the students in my classes to be able to apply those skills as I’ve gone along. I chose MoveIt Dance because of this supportive attitude which applies to the students as well as the teachers. The aim of the school is to be inclusive so we keep our class costs low while still providing a purpose-built, dedicated studio with state-of-the-art equipment. It’s really important to all of us that as many children can enjoy dancing as possible.

‘I thoroughly enjoy teaching dance and it’s a delight to see the students flourishing and improving week-by-week.

‘It was such an honour to have my qualification presented by Wayne Sleep. I took the opportunity to tell him about the amazing level of young dance talent at MoveIt Dance and he was very impressed.’

MoveIt Dance Founder Kate Caine added: ‘Huge congratulations to Jasmine. She’s put in lots of hard work which has really paid off and I’m sure the students in her class will benefit from the expertise you can only get with formal qualifications.

‘At MoveIt Dance we pride ourselves on being able to provide quality teaching as well as having lots of fun and building friendships. It’s important that the students have the opportunity to learn from qualified teachers who have the experience and knowledge to help the kids achieve their personal goals, whether that is to have fun and enjoy something new, develop skills, compete off-Island or build a career in dance.

‘All the teachers at MoveIt Dance are encouraged to gain new dancing and teaching qualifications, branch out into new disciplines so we can offer something fresh, and take part in shows so they get hand-on experience to pass on to the students.’

The graduation comes as MoveIt Dance, located in Westmoreland Road, Douglas, revamps its timetable ready for the new academic year. The new timetable includes the addition of ‘Funky’ classes as well as extra Ballet, Modern and Tap classes. MoveIt Dance will also be increasing its focus on fitness through dance to encourage children and adults to enjoy getting fit. To introduce the timetable there will be a free week in September enabling students to try new dance styles as well as new students trying taster sessions. Visit Moveit.im for full details on how to book.

Photo - Jasmine with Wayne Sleep OBE at her British Ballet Organisation graduation in London.

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