Movement for the Mind

Jane Grech – Founder

“It is why I am committed to curating a space for our high school students where they can connect but also pause from the constant communication and demands coming through their phones and computers”.

I’ve danced since I was three.

My mum was a dancer, and she wanted to share that with me. Like most little children, I skipped along happily to class, enjoying the mix of challenge and confidence that my ballet teacher weaved into my lessons.

When I started high school, dance changed for me.

I still loved it, but I also began to need it.

I didn’t realise at the time, but I had curated a mindful movement practice, one that supported my positive mental health, before I knew what mindful movement and mental health even was.

My ballet lessons lasted 1.5 hours, three times a week. As I progressed through high school, demands became greater. Assignments, Deadlines, friends, boys…. took more and more time, and there were MANY times I didn’t ‘feel’ like going to ballet.

The thing was, I didn’t have a choice. It wasn’t that mum and dad forced me, it’s just our arrangement of me catching the bus from school in Norwood after school to my studio in the city couldn’t be changed…. I didn’t have a mobile phone so whether I felt like it or not, I had to get on the bus.

Once I was at the studio, and I was with my friends, I’d go through the familiar routine. We would talk and eat and put off getting ready until the last possible minute. At 4.30pm though class would start and in we went to the barre.

Some days I would hear the music of the first exercise, the plie, and I would feel a little tear spring to my eyes.

I wasn’t sad. I was moved.

(Even now after some particularly busy days before teaching I still have this same reaction….)

The music begins and something in me would shift…. ballet class was the ultimate leveller.

I was here now. I couldn’t do my assignment, I couldn’t giggle about that boy, I couldn’t lie on my bed and nap.

And so, class would begin.

A comforting, but not always easy, routine.

And 9.99 times out of 10, class would finish at 6pm and I would feel so much better.

Tired yet energised.

And so for me, dance moved from a like to a need.

And I believe that now in a very switched on world, this need is greater than ever.

It is why I am committed to curating a space for our high school students where they can connect but also pause from the constant communication and demands coming through their phones and computers.

In dance class, you just join the music, and move.

It’s great for your body, but even better for your mind.