The ‘Blah’ behind the blog

The ‘Blah’ behind the blog

I wanted to take this blog to let you get to know me; Miss Kate the blah blah blah behind our blog! Don’t worry I’m not about to harp on about where I started dancing to my career highlights, I want to focus on the things that I feel have shaped the person I’ve become today; Miss Kate Matti, single mother, dance teacher, encourager of young people, business owner.
I QUIT dancing at the ripe old age of 5! Yes, that’s right! I took ballet and tap classes in a hall in Noosa for a brief period until I wore my underwear to class; my teacher was very very old school and strict and just quickly pulled my leotard down, removed the underwear and returned me to full ballet attire ready for class.. I.. was… out of there!
From here I went on to martial arts, cheerleading and sports aerobics; all very disciplined sports with rules, I’ve always thrived with structure and guidelines so performance-based sports such as these were my jam! Training and competing with the awesome clubs I was brought up within absolutely shaped me; I learnt to visualise, to set goals and achieve these through hard work and commitment (because believe me I was not a coordinated little fairy in the beginning).
When I hit high school, life got a little awkward; I really struggled socially and did not fit in to any of the clicks or niches at my school, truth be told my parents even moved my schools back and forth a couple times as I was bullied quite heavily as a teen.
In dance class in year 9 we were grouped up for choreography and I was placed with a group of girls from one of the local dance studios, As I was a competitive sports aerobics athlete I was coordinated, strong and insanely flexible by now so dance came fairly easily, the girls insisted I come and try a class at their studio and I never looked back! I joined forces with my favourite teacher at school Mrs Greer Stockton and we started the schools cheersquad which is still insanely successful as am I because of this gorgeous woman’s amazing spirit and drive.
The dance studio became my second home; the kids I danced with are still my friends to this day, I found a place I fitted in and a place where nothing mattered apart from the teamwork and the community of our studio.
Now I am a successful business owner, a previous nationally ranked athlete in more than one sport, I have experience within the dance industry not only as a performer but also as a teacher, an examiner, an adjudicator, a choreographer and a teaching coach but, most importantly to me I am a mother of a tiny outspoken young lady and a mentor to the best kids on the coast; my Encore family.
So signing off with another Happy dancing, because nothing aside from motherhood has ever made me happier
Kate