MONDAY’S PEOPLE: David’s dynamic dances

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MOVIN’ AND GROOVIN’: Dance teacher and director David Williams has loved to dance since he was 10 years old. PHOTO: Chris Herzfeld, Camlight Productions

DAVID Williams hasn’t been dancing since he was born, but that doesn’t mean he’s not impressive.

The 33 year old dance mentor grew up in Rutherglen and found a love for dance after watching Michael Flatley’s ‘Riverdance’ show in 1997 when he was 10.

“After seeing Michael perform I became obsessed with Irish dancing,” he said.

“It took me two years to pick up the courage to get into an actual dance class because at that stage I was the only male in a small country town to join a dance school, so I had a lot of fear of what my peers may think.

“Once I got to class and started dancing I knew I had found home.

“I started with tap dancing at Judy O’Malley School of Dance because I wanted to be Michael Flatley; I couldn’t believe that dancing could actually sell out a sport arena.

“I slowly introduced a style of dancing each year until I found my love for contemporary and chose this to be my choice of profession.”

David has now been dancing for 21 years performing principle roles with Expression Dance Company, Black Grace Dance Company and Sydney Dance Company.

He is now the founder and managing director of Mino Dance in Melbourne and a dance teacher/mentor with Judy O’Malley School of Dance in Corowa and Pulsate Dance Force in Wangaratta.

His career highlights include performing a solo at the Australian Ballet 50th Birthday Gala with Expressions Dance Company, performing to over 4000 people at WOMAdeliade Festival and working with children that are sight and hearing impaired in Boston, USA.

David said he enjoys dance because it is “continually changing and evolving”.

“When I was young I loved the physical aspect of dance and the drive to be the best that I could be,” he said.

“As I got older and started to perform in theatres it developed into the pure enjoyment I gave my audience; knowing that for a period of time I could take my audience on a journey and allow them to forget their outside lives…it was magical for me.

“Towards the end of my career it was the freedom to express myself; no longer about perfection but the imperfections.

“Now I love passing on all the knowledge I’ve collected over my career and giving the younger generation a solid platform for them to reach their desired goals.”

David has known Pulsate owner and director Samantha Pulvirenti for 20 years due to the large dance community there was when they were growing up.

“There wasn’t a lot of rivalry going on but a great sense of healthy competition,” he said.

“The previous director at Pulsate, Tania, was an old teacher of mine, so when I decided to take a break from professional dancing I took up a teaching gig with her.

“It was nice to be back with Sam, it allowed us to reconnect and we have been close friends ever since.”

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