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It took Em eighteen months to work up the courage to go to a swing class on her own. Then she found out it was as fun as it looked! It took another six months to work up the courage to go to a social dance. Once there though, she couldn't believe the amazing fun she’d been missing out on! Now, whether rain hail or shine, Em is always swing dancing!

Em has dabbled in a few other dance styles: tap, Irish, jazz ballet and ballet. She also minored in dance at university. She’s a member of the performance troupe, Harbour City Hoppers and has loved being involved in their routine choreography. Em has also competed in the ASDC in 2018, making the finals of the Balboa with her teaching partner, Ben.

Lindy Hop captured her heart first. The stretch, and dynamic, plus the great rhythm, aesthetic and the freedom to have a sense of humour as part of the dance. Em was never much one for improvisation in dancing before starting swing dancing, and now that's one of her favourite things! Taking one shape or variation and being able to do so much with it. Her creativity and grace in dancing makes her a popular dance partner, whether following or leading. But then there was Balboa! The fancy footwork, the floatiness, and the versatility of the dance. What’s not to love?

What does Em love most about swing dancing? “The fact that there is always room for improvement – no matter how good you get, you can always get better, which means that I never feel stuck in one place with my dancing! But aside from the fun and the challenge, the one thing that really stands out is all the people I've met over the years. There are so many wonderful people in the scene who I think the absolute world of.”

(Photo credit: Andy Firth)

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