D2020 Person of the Week: Ballet teacher inspires students through therapeutic dance
7:36 PM, Mar 16, 2018
11:27 AM, Mar 19, 2018
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) - Changing a community can come in many different forms, and the students at a ballet class in Farmington Hills say their teacher is doing it through one of our oldest art forms -- dance.
You wouldn’t normally think of dance as therapy, but one ballet teacher is proving that it can improve the body, the spirit, and the community -- one student at time.
“I danced professionally until I was 32-years-old,” said Christina Kammuller.
For Kammuller, it’s almost impossible to separate her personal life, dancing, students, and family.
“After I had my daughter, I decided to stop dancing professionally, and I was looking for a job,” she said.
That’s when a dance substitute teaching job turned into a new purpose and new mission for the former principal dancer.
“On the way I was thinking, ‘Oh my God. I’m a professional dancer, and I’m going to teach adults.’ After the first day I taught these adults, I absolutely fell in love with it. They asked questions. They wanted to repeat,” she said.
“I figured that’s okay. If these people want to learn, I’m going to teach them,” she added.
Over the years Kammuller’s Farmington Hills studio has managed to grow and build a community of adult dancers united in movement, ballet, and becoming a family along the way.
“The age range from 14 years to 80,” said Kammuller.