21 Dec Goh-ing the extra mile
Nancy Goh glides gracefully across the dance studio at Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS), a big smile across her face.
She twirls and spins, hands in the air, following the rhythm of the music before expertly performing a pirouette as the scholars watch enthralled.
They try to emulate her but not all can execute the moves to perfection.
It will take hours of practice and lots of patience and dedication before they can do so and Goh will be with them every step of the way.
Goh teachers ballet as part of GOTS’ Funky Munky programme – a creative and innovative approach to the implementation of extra-curricular activities
She also teaches a select few students classical ballet after the Funky Munky classes.
“The Funky Munky classes are about the basics of ballet and having fun. Those taking the classical ballet are the ones who are interested in taking it to the next level,” explains Goh.
The 38-year-old is strict yet loving as she bends and whips each child into shape, demanding nothing but the best – even during Funky Munky – when classes are less intense.
A ballerina since the age of five, Goh knows how important discipline is and has run her own dance studio in Klang for the past 17 years.
“I have been teaching ballet for nearly half my life but this is a new experience for me,” says the ever-smiling Goh.
“I teach the CSDB Syllabus from Australia which includes ballet, jazz, contemporary, latin, modern jazz.
“I concentrate on ballet and jazz but for GOTS I only teach ballet.”
Goh says ballet is good for children as it helps them be agile and develop strong muscles and have better coordination skills and balance.
Studies have also shown that bad posture among children who study ballet is unheard of.
“More Malaysian schools should introduce ballet,” says Goh who adds that many Singapore schools have done so.
“Ballet can help children become more outgoing. It teaches them to express feelings as it is not just about dancing.
“I have seen many overcome stage fright and perform bravely during recitals.”
Goh has been coaching the scholars at GOTS since early this year and remarks that they have improved by leaps and bounds.
“They are very determined to get it right. They have practised very hard and that is all I can ask for.
“I am proud of them and am delighted to have been given the chance to impart my knowledge to them.”
To learn more about GOTS’ Funky Munky programme, log on to www.gots.edu.my