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A Quick Bio About Tim
My name is Tim. Kids call me The Danzman. I’m a performance artist. My art is Ballroom Dancing. My performance is teaching it.
I’m a BC Champion and Canadian Championships Finalist in 10-Dance and Latin American categories. I hold ‘Level 3 NCCP (Coaching) certification’ and membership in the Canadian Coaching Association - soccer is another love of mine. Fyi, I hold a Bachelor of Applied Science (University of British Columbia) and Master of Business (Simon Fraser University).
But, it’s through dancing and sports that I’ve learned to resonate.
Where It Comes From
I’ve worked as a Professional Engineer, business manager, writer, and university counselor. But, my day jobs could not keep me away from dancing. When CBC Radio produced a documentary about my dancing career, I discovered a talent for teaching. Now, I love nothing more than to share my passion for dancing with people of all ages - especially, kids and youth.
Empowerment, Trust, Confidence
When I teach Ballroom Dancing, I’m really taking students on a journey - Challenge, trust, empowerment, cooperation, achievement, confidence. I’m there for the students. I engage even the most resistant to open up and learn. They’re shown how much fun it can be. I empower them with strategies for success. Then, let them discover their own limits.
And, if there’s any doubt, I can deliver an awesome dance demo. That’s the performance artist in me.
Why I Do It
The changes are incredible. Shy students become bolder. The awkward ones start to swagger by program’s end. The tough ones soften up. And, the alpha types dance with the geeks.
Cooperative, active learning breaks down barriers. Fears and anxieties subside. Enthusiasm, attentiveness and a desire to learn take over. Soon, the student resonates with new-found confidence.
Fight Obesity. Fight Bullying.
Ballroom Dancing is an ideal vehicle for teaching children and youth the finer qualities of life. Many teachers believe that Ballroom Dancing can help mitigate problems associated with a student’s physical well-being (obesity, substance abuse, lack of exercise), emotional well-being (poor self-esteem, depression), and social well-being (bullying, gangs, violence, crime).
Knowing this, I want to get the dancing out to all students and schools that want it - the sooner, the better.