‘Beautifully Brutal’

2 years ago, ‘Black’s Barre,’ was an idea scribbled on a post it note stuck to my computer in the PE staffroom, now it’s my reality and I love it!!

Dance has been a part of my life since I was 3 years old and I can't imagine what life would be like without it. I've lived, worked, and breathed dance as a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer as well as enjoying it as my hobby and feel extremely fortunate to continue to do so. It’s been an epic journey to get to this point but I can honestly say that through all of the ups and downs one vision has remained absolutely clear, my need to pass on the absolute joy I feel every time I move to all those that attend my classes.

The health benefits of dance and movement are undisputed and as my career has progressed I've become a huge advocate for them, for everyone not just for dancers. Not only have I experienced the benefits both physically and mentally first hand I also get the absolute pleasure of witnessing the impact that dance and movement has on the people that I am lucky to work with on a daily basis. A huge part of my work as a dance practitioner is to help both my dance students and adults that attend my open classes to physically develop in strength, stamina, fitness and flexibility and as much as this is an amazing journey to be a part of I find it far more inspiring when I get the chance to witness somebody else’s experience of joy from movement, the moment their inhibitions disappear and a client or student begins to move from the heart and discovers a connection with a gesture, a breath or a piece of music, the moment they’ve left what’s bothering them outside the studio door and are truly in the present allowing them to escape and feel empowered to dance as if they don't have a care in the world.

You don’t have to be a professional dancer to ‘lose yourself in dance,’ just turn up and give it a go.

'Why walk when you can Dance?'


Melissa Black