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Teaching is my bliss


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    So it turns out that teaching is my bliss. I've noticed that whenever I teach Zouk I go home with a big goofy grin on my face.

    Who would have thought that a kid who needed elocution lessons to stop saying "wabbit" would one day work as a university lecturer and, later, as a dance instructor? I've even delivered a couple of stand-up comedy routines and I've had a total blast MC'ing a wedding (I want to do more MC'ing!).

    Not realising the journey that I've been on, one of my best friends recently commented that teaching and speaking comes easily to me. Actually, I have spent over $10,000 attending presentation & platform skills courses, a stand-up comedy course and dance instruction training. And that doesn't even include the expenses involved in travelling to get all this training and experience.

    So, yeh, NOW it comes easily! And my hands still shake when I deliver 60+ student workshops but only those in the front row, and my assistants, notice ;D

    I'm currently in Colorado undertaking Salsa instructor training with the world-famous "Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!". By the time I return home to Australia I will have completed, in total, around 125 hours of training under her. I am so excited to see what the future holds and I'm just so happy that I've finally allowed myself to acknowledge what it is that makes me happy and to let go of the beliefs ("I'm not good enough", "There's no money in teaching", etc) that were previously holding me back.


    James “The Little Gringo” Quinn-Hawtin teaches and performs the Brazilian dance style known as Zouk-Lambada. He is credited by his loyal students as being fun, clear, cheeky, patient, passionate and surprising, always sharing his latest learnings from his masters.
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