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March 2017 Local Champion, Rita Nita

Created Friday, 10 March 2017 in News
This month we’re featuring Perth-based dance teacher Rita Nita. Rita runs an urban dance company out of King St Arts Centre in Perth. Elan Dance Est is a welcoming, inclusive and vibrant place that welcomes all people to come along and ‘just give it a go’.

Rita describes herself as naturally shy person, and says that her love of dancing is something that has helped her to come out of her shell.

Rita is particularly encouraging to those who may be experiencing mental health problems, and says she can personally empathise. She believes that dancing can be a way for people to find the light at the end of the tunnel.


“Dancing is a great way to escape from the everyday stress of life,

meet like-minded people, listen to music and just be happy.”

- Rita Nita


Rita’s passion for promoting good mental health has been evident through her involvement with Mental Health Week over the past two years. Rita has provided dancers to come along to events to run interactive sessions with partic29746961824 bfa6420686 o 682x1024ipants, which always proves popular, getting everyone up and dancing.

“Sometimes it’s scary to be a part of something a bit to the left”, says Rita “the reason that I love to dance is because it empowers me to live with confidence.”

When Rita isn’t busy dancing, you’ll find her spending time with her three year-old, running a household, or taking partin a yoga class, which is her latest personal challenge.

Some advice that Rita would give to someone who is looking to get involved in dance but is a bit apprehensive, “Get in touch with your alter ego and just do it!”

Photos: Above, Rita Nita, below, dancers at a Mental Health Week event.

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