Backstage with Juanita
Do you step on to the dance floor and feel terribly conspicuous? Have you ever watched JLo or Beyonce commanding attention on stage, and wished you could channel their conviction?
I certainly did.
The self-confidence, the surety in their own bodies - Gosh! Wouldn't that be a marvellous thing?
Hi, I'm Juanita Rasiah
Growing up in South Asia, I was very aware of the cultural taboo of a woman expressing her sexuality or showing off her body. So much so that when I first started exploring dance in my youth, it felt like a dirty little secret.!
It was a stigma I found hard to shake. Even after moving to London and then Switzerland, fully embracing the joy of movement was limited by self-doubt and insecurity. Sound familiar?
But the more I stuck with dance, the more I realised I was letting society dictate my behaviour and the way I expressed myself. Why should any woman be pigeon-holed by someone else's expectations or beliefs?
As women, we are so often told what we can and cannot do. Yet there is no one way to be female. Instead of being stifled by our bodies or external perceptions, shouldn't we be exploring and celebrating our unique selves?
That's why today I use my years of training, performance and choreography experience to empower and encourage others. My classes are as much about teaching you the moves, as they are about inspiring good positivity, boosting your confidence and feeling good.
If you're hesitant about dancing, don't be. While I was trained in a variety of styles, I am mainly self-taught. Dance is primarily a form of expression. So even if you have two left feet and only bust a move in the safety of your bedroom, believe me: You. Can. Dance.
But you don't have to take my word for it. Join my classes (online/ studio) or try some of my free tutorials and see how psyched you feel afterwards. Go on, pump that music, shake your booty and break free. What have you got to lose?
Always have fun,