Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Robertson.
Hi Kimberly, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hi! I’m Kimberly and here is my story: I started dancing even before I could walk but in real-time, began my actual training at 10 years old. I was a classical ballet dancer for 9 years and only dreamed of having the broadway experience in my future. Fortunately, this didn’t happen. I grew up in the small city of Chico, up in Northern California. A great place to grow up where I still have the best of friends and family to this day. You are never very far from running into someone you know. Everyone is very neighborly. In high school, I took a few ballroom dancing classes and fell in love with it. I became more and more excited about following this path. The ballet world was getting more and more intense and I needed to break free and cut loose! I ended up moving to the San Francisco Bay Area and worked in the airline industry while spending all of my free time in the ballroom studio. It is so good for your mental health!
Although this was always such a stressful job, I loved the camaraderie so much and made some amazing lifelong friends. The day that changed everything for me will stay in my mind forever. I remember waking up on Tuesday, September 11th of 2001 after working so many days in a row, in peace…and then my phone rang. My mom says “are you watching the news right now?” My heart sank to the bottom of my chest in an instant. It was the day that changed everything. The roller coaster that followed drove me to the dance studio on a daily basis. More hours, more time. I put so much into it and my instructor at the time wanted to know when I was going to start teaching. I laughed and remember saying I’ve never even thought about it! I honestly didn’t think I could ever do that but something grabbed a hold of me and made me do it haha. I decided to move wherever I could get a job and so begins this crazy adventure down here in Southern California. I’ve now been in the industry for about 19 years and while it felt like a rocky start of figuring out what I was doing, I absolutely love it now. I’ve worked in various studios and competed in both Ballroom and Latin dancing. I made the semi-finals in a professional rising star smooth competition and have done a lot of social dancing and performances including country western and salsa! People often ask me what my favorite style is to dance and I usually answer with, it depends on the day and my mood haha. However, I will say that the most fun on a Saturday night is just a great country bar. It’s casual, friendly and a great place to cut loose and have fun. What is my favorite style to teach? Honestly, I think it’s more about the relationship with my students. It doesn’t really matter as long as we are all having a great time together. I do love working with couples getting married and creating some simple yet sometimes “epic” dance moves to wow their crowd. It’s true what they say that it’s about the journey, not the destination. I never know where the path is headed but I’m definitely enjoying the ride however rocky and sometimes un-paved it may seem. I just love working in San Diego County though and am excited to work with anyone with the desire to learn! I started working in this area about a year ago and am thrilled to call it home.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t been a smooth road at all but in some ways, I’m thankful for that because it’s made me think outside the box and become more creative. It seems like as soon as you are too comfortable where you are, just wait haha. Some major life event is going to come along and pull you out of your comfort zone. The best I ever felt in my own dancing was right before the recession of 2008. Although I was a small fish (a classic underdog) working in a pond of high-level competitors, I still kept up! Some of them went on to become champion dancers but the weight of the recession knocked me down. I was strong but not strong enough. I always look back and feel grateful that I made it that far. I would say it also prepared me for our last world event, the pandemic. Learning to be comfortable with the unknown has been a great life lesson.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a professional dance instructor with many years of formal training and experience. I work a lot with wedding couples but I wouldn’t call it a specialty. I think my area of specialty is teaching a student based on how they learn as an individual. Everyone learns differently. Some are visual, some not. Personally, I can relate to the kinesthetic and audio learners out there…as I am one of them. I teach private lessons only so that I can meet them in their individual needs. I work with singles and couples too. They want to bring some additional fun into their lives and improved health is just a side note! I work with anyone with the desire to learn.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I’m a big fan of anything to do with personal improvement. Learning more about psychology and patterns ingrained in us from childhood is always on the forefront of my mind. We are in a complex world and I do better when I understand why I feel things a certain way or my student. It can only help us work better together