Dance delivering health messages


School nurse Yannick Benoit will be teaching dance classes as part of the Homegrown |Festival. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d449453
School nurse Yannick Benoit will be teaching dance classes as part of the Homegrown |Festival. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d449453

Mr Benoit, a nurse at Kelmscott Senior High School, speaks to students every day about caring for their physical and mental health.

Originally from Mauritius – before moving to Kalgoorlie and then to Gosnells – Mr Benoit was named Mr Africa 2015 for his work with charities.

The 31-year-old will be teaching his Hip Hop Kidz dance classes to 7- to 11-year-olds, as well as zumba, as part of the Homegrown Festival at Thornlie Community Centre, starting on February 25.

He said the classes would teach children to be great dancers, as well as help them to stay healthy.

“I am in community health and work at a high school and it can become quite apparent when people’s lives at home are not what they seem,” he said.

“I want to try and inspire people to live a healthy life.”

Mr Benoit said one of the most important messages he gave his students was to try to stay in a happy and positive frame of mind.

“Once you’re healthy in mind and body and spirit and motions, you will live a happy life.

“I think that is an important messages to get to the community: a lot of people haven’t made happiness a priority.”

Mr Benoit said he was also hoping to run free fitness and dancing classes because fitness could be costly.

Mr Benoit spends a lot of time dancing outside his day job of being a nurse, teaching samba dancing for hens nights as well as zumba and bokwa dancing.

This has taken him all over the world, travelling for dancing, including to parts of Asia and America.

Hip Hop Kidz will be running on Thursdays during the Homegrown Festival from 5.30pm to 6.15pm while the zumba classes will run at 6.30pm.

Call 9397 3111 to book classes or visit yannickb.zumba.com or yanique.com.au for more information.