Sharing a love for dance
With a passion for dancing in all forms inherited from her mother, Christine Scutt is hoping to help Monto hit the dance floor.
All throughout her life, Ms Scutt has danced ballroom socially and competitively, inspired by her own mother Lyn ,who also loved to dance.
Having passed it on to her daughter Lilly, 10, she wants to further that love of dance by teaching it to the next generation.
"My mum and I were always into rock and roll and ballroom dancing, but I ventured out into more contemporary stuff,” Ms Scutt said.
Throughout her teenage and adult years Christine danced hip-hop, breakdance, contemporary, jazz and pole-dancing as well as several aerobic programs.
She has a special affection for pole-dancing; after she injured her back in a car accident in her 20s, she took up pole-dancing to regain her upper-body strength and confidence.
Scutt and her family moved to Monto from the Northern Territory in December and she spent her past year establishing dance lessons at the Monto State School.
"We travelled around Queensland to try and find a new place to live, we found Monto and loved it,” she said.
"From my experience teaching kids, a lot just want to get fit and have fun, not do medals or competitions, that's why I've introduced this program.”
So far, students have latched onto the more contemporary dances, particularly break-dancing, but Scutt has tried to show them the value in all types of dancing.
Lilly also helps out in the class by teaching some of the younger kids and being more understanding of what kids her age would like to dance to.
She was the one who inspired Scutt to introduce dancing with scarves and similar props to the junior classes.
"It's a comfort mechanism to let the kids relax by using the props to do the move instead,” Scutt said.
In NT, she taught dance for indigenous kids in the remote communities near the town of Katherine.
Demand from parents led her to write up several dance programs for children and teach dance part time.
In Monto, she's started up some new classes outside of school; a kids class running every Thursday at the Monto Town Hall, with four-seven years running from 3.30-4.15pm and eight and above running from 4.15-5.30pm.
"I haven't been here the full 12 months yet, so I'm still finding my feet, exploring the region and seeing what people want,” Scutt said.
An adult women's dance class is set to start in a few weeks.
Once things get rolling, Scutt plans to run a ladies dance night in November to introduce dance to women 18 and above and to raise money for charity.
Additionally, she's planning to be working with the Monto Hospital Auxiliary to put on a Christmas Carols dance performance during the holidays.
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