18 DECEMBER 2017 | ALUMNI UPDATES
ELIZABETH WOL Class of 2015: Dance Teacher
I graduated from the Academy of Mary Immaculate in 2015 and went on to do a business administration traineeship at Child Wise. After six months of learning about business, I decided to apply for a part-time job at a medical centre as a receptionist, and have been in this role for almost two years now.
While working part-time, I realised my love and passion for dance was something I wanted to take more seriously and possibly turn into a career. During this time, I was teaching hip hop and African dance at the Yarra Youth Centre on Tuesday nights, which I loved. I was able to match my ability to teach with my love of dance, and this helped me decide to turn this into a career.
I applied and completed a six-month young entrepreneur program with Yarra Youth Services, where I learnt how to actually develop my idea into a real business. I learnt about finance, marketing, social media, how to pitch my business and talk to others about it, as well as gain confidence in myself and in my business. I’m still working at the medical centre part-time, but have recently been employed as Youth Peer Leader at Yarra Youth Services, where I get to work with other young people in a leadership role.
My business is called Diamond Dance School. I teach dance Tuesday nights, I teach in schools on a weekly bases inside the City of Yarra, but also all over Melbourne. I have partnered with Save the Children and teach dance to younger students on an ongoing basis, as well as teaching a ‘mums and bubs’ class.
When I look at back at my schooling years, I remember how much I loved health, business, and dance. I’m now working in all three areas and feel grateful to be doing something I am passionate about. I would like to thank the Academy for giving me a good basis for going out into the world and to thank Yarra Youth Services who supported me to make my dream a reality.