12 Feb 2021
Professional world champion ballroom dancer and Polish scholar Wiktoria is back in her dance shoes!
As well as practising for a possible return to professional dancing later this year, she is using her time outside of (virtual) school to teach younger dancers.
‘I am learning – from my dance coach – how to lead younger couples and teach them myself. I am finding this incredibly inspiring; it’s a new way of expressing myself as a person – this time not as a performer but as a mentor who others rely on. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to support younger dancers and pass on my knowledge to them. I would have never thought teaching could give me so much happiness – it truly is an amazing way to spend my time whilst the UK is in lockdown.
When I am not teaching, I practise by myself for my own pleasure, while also keeping in mind that I might come back on to the dance floor this year and return to professional dancing.’
Sixth Former Wiktoria is a great advocate of the health benefits of dancing. In her 2020 Tessera essay she writes: ‘Ballroom dancing training has been studied to be a cognitive and sensorimotor task that helps improve memory and motor skills of patients struggling with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease. It leads to brain structural and behavioural changes related to balance, gait and both working and long-term memory. The specific and dangerous physical symptoms of both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – falls, resting tremor, bradykinesia – are ameliorated by music and dance therapy. The physical impact works in harmony with intangible but significant improvements like greater happiness.’