A Stonehaven mum has highlighted the work of her daughter’s dance teacher, who has just been awarded a Community Spirit Award,
Presented by Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action these awards aim to recognise people in our community who have gone out of their way to help, support and put a smile on people’s faces during the pandemic.
Michelle Palmer told The Bellman Natasha Stewart, who owns Rhythm Nation Dance and Fitness, has single-handedly kept all her dance classes going throughout lockdown over zoom – and now in open spaces.
”Natasha has over 300 dancers, many of whom are competitive,” said Michelle.
”She has spent many hours with individual children who have been suffering mentally with lockdown, as the parents know she is a trusted figure in their lives.”
Michelle said 29-year-old Natasha has an 18 month toddler but still managed to dedicate lockdown time to her dancers to keep their spirits up. Many have been competing online and have been taking part in zoom workshops that she organised and set up.
She added: ”Lockdown, as you know, has been hard on everyone but sometimes we forget the children that have suffered and are still suffering. Natasha has been there for every one of them, physically and emotionally.”