OVER the past decade, dance teacher Kellie Singh has helped shape the minds and bodies of countless young dancers.
The owner of Tamworth City Dance Academy, affectionately known as ‘Miss Kel’, plays an important role in the lives of hundreds of dance students on a weekly basis.
“We always say dance is the vehicle and life is the lesson,” Ms Singh said.
“So many of our students have gone on to do great things, like dancing overseas.
“But many others have gone on to have fabulous careers in something else entirely. They’ve used what they’ve learnt from dancing, the confidence and the discipline, to do these amazing things.
“Given that we are celebrating 10 years, there would be a thousands students who’s lives we’ve been a part of, if not more.”
With 450 students on books of her Tamworth and Quirindi studios, Ms Kellie is often in charge of her own mini community – and she makes sure her little community gives “a bit of magic” back to the wider community.
Ms Singh and her students get behind charities such as Share the Dignity, Ronald McDonald House and Cancer Council’s Dance for Cancer, while donating their time to the Tamworth Dance Festival and CAPERS.
“We really believe in the arts in public schools,” Ms Singh said.
“Tamworth has an amazingly supportive artistic community, and we love being at the forefront of that.”
Ms Singh said she was “really lucky” to have her life-long passion as a job.
“It’s pretty amazing to set out to do something, and actually be able to do it,” she said.
“I’m only able to do it because of my amazing husband Paul, who is a fantastic studio manager, and the great team around me.”