Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Instructor Creates Confidence Through Kids' Flamenco & Tap

Natick resident Eve Agush teaches tap, flamenco and yoga to both adults and children. By Alissa Letkowski

Throughout Natick resident Eve Agush's life, dance has always been a way for her to challenge her mind and her body. Now a choreographer and instructor, Agush is giving back the gift of self-expression to her students, young and old.
Originally a tap dancer studying at the renowned Leon Collins Tap Dancer's Paradise in Brookline, it wasn't long before Agush wanted to expand her dance expertise and try her hand at a new artform—Flamenco.
"I just wanted something more. I wanted form, I wanted to learn more about movement," said Agush, whose mother encouraged her to try the Spanish dance classes. "As I grew in Flamenco, it became a natural thing for me to want to teach what I know."
Now, Agush is spreading her passion for the dance to adults and, most fondly, to children, across MetroWest.
"I love teaching adults, but there's just something really special to me about working with children. I want them to learn, I want them to memorize, but I don't expect perfection," said Agush, who teaches children's tap and adult flamenco at Sereda DanceWorks in Natick two days a week.
"Every child, at the end of the year, feels successful because they've completed the work. They have this positive experience of working in a group situation, but on an individual art form, rather than in a sport where it's all about how the whole team is doing." 
Agush spends her week traveling to different venues in the area, teaching a wide variety of classes—from Flamenco, to tap, to yoga once a month at Brown Elementary, a program that she hopes to expand to other schools in town.
In Natick, she teaches two Monday tap classes—for kids age 6 to 9 and for those 10 and older at Sereda DanceWorks. On Fridays at Sereda, she teaches an hour-long morning flamenco class for adults and home-schooled teens.
Agush also offers a weekly yoga class for veterans at the Edwards Church in Framingham, youth flamenco and tap at the Dance Complex in Cambridge and youth flamenco in Newton. 
"I think there's something lost in not being brought up with the arts, which are very individualized forms of expression," said Agush, who said she feels schools focus too much on team sports, rather than on the arts. "It's stimulating not just to your body; it's stimulating to your mind."
Agush said she hopes to gather other flamenco enthusiasts in the area to celebrate International Dance Day on April 29 with a Flamenco flash mob, possibly in Natick.
To learn more about Eve Agush and her passion for dance and yoga, visit her blog,AlwaysBDancing.blogspot.com and like the Always Be Dancing Facebook page.
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