HNM Dance Centre
Ahn Nguyen, Director and Adult Educator, HNM Dance Centre
Ahn is an adult educator in dance that views the dance experience as “artwork that is personal and revealing.” HNM Dance Centre focuses on dance for artistic rather than commercial endeavours. He teaches his adult learners by providing them with opportunities to be themselves and bring as much honesty as they can handle. Ahn tries to lead a therapeutic session for dancers — a time where not everyone may be totally comfortable, but he believes it is a time when dance and expression will come through greater.
According to Leonard, Hall & Herro (2015), “dance is a way of creating autonomy and representative knowledge because the dance body serves as subject and object, acting and action, writer and writing, speaker and speaking, self and self-expression” (pg. 339). In this regard, Ahn teaches not only to learn the physical skills of dance, but to learn ways of further self-expression and personal knowledge that may help learners overcome personal obstacles in their lives. Listen below to Ahn relates his pedagogy for teaching dance.
Here is the website for HNM Dance Centre: https://hnmdance.com/home
Barb Robinson, Adult Learner, HNM Dance Centre
Barb dances with HNM Dance Centre. She is passionate about being a lifelong learner of dance. Her career was as a professional dancer and as a secondary school teacher of dance.
Barb expresses that not a day goes by where she does not feel that dance is not the best way to express yourself. She describes dance as not only a way of expression, but an “expression of the soul.” According to Fountzoulas, Koutsouba, and Nikolaki (2018), the meaning of movement literacy includes the notions of learning through movement, learning about movement and learning because of movement, a position that points out the importance of understanding the mechanical principles related to the body in order to be able to “read” the environment and, therefore, the entire society (pg. 72). This physical knowledge enables the creation of meaning, expression, critical thinking as well as different ways of representing the world. Listen below to Barb talking about the importance of dance.
Consider exploring this link for the HNM Dance Centre in Windsor, Ontario: https://hnmdance.com/home