Thanks for your interest in Worldclass! Building this platform has been a dream, and I'm very grateful to have the chance to share it with you. Read on to learn about how Worldclass came to be.
One of the things I'm most grateful for is that I'm able to be part of some incredible communities - dance and acrobatics specifically. But getting started wasn't easy. In fact, if not for a few chance interactions I probably would never have found these communities at all.
My experience with getting started in dance was especially difficult. I first became interested in dance after moving to NYC and feeling lonely away from home - I was hoping that partner dancing could be a good way to meet people. And so at some point, I Googled "Partner dance classes in NYC," and decided to try one of the classes that came up.
It was a sad experience. The class turned out to be mostly couples practicing for their weddings. Not only did I not make any new friends, but I was also so disappointed by the experience that I stopped looking for dance classes altogether - I forgot about ever wanting to dance for months. It wasn't until I happened to meet someone who loved to dance salsa that I finally got a proper introduction.
Today, I'm on the other side of the equation. My friends and I teach Brazilian Zouk dance classes as the group Zoukphoria. In addition to the teaching itself, we've had to figure out how to market ourselves, manage our classes, and cultivate our student community. It's a lot of work, and I realized that the experience for both students and teachers could be so much better.
The team and I at Worldclass are working hard to improve this! We want to help students discover the communities they love, and enable teachers and organizers to focus more on what really matters - teaching and engaging with their communities. It's a big undertaking, but working on this has been incredibly fulfilling.
Hopefully, you enjoy our work too!