Andrea McKay started her profession as an expert dancer, grew to become an legal professional and now she’s obtained a brand new gig because the proprietor of a dance and train studio in Simsbury.
The mom of 5 from East Granby is opening the Yoga, Dance & Health Middle, or YDF Middle, in Simsbury on Sept. 17.
”The explanation I needed to open a studio was to have my very own area,” mentioned McKay, who has been educating at different areas. “I missed being round different ladies. I missed that camaraderie.”
The intense, spacious studio with what McKay describes as a “calming” really feel will principally maintain grownup lessons.
There might be plenty of types of dance and train provided, however two of her specialties are stomach dancing and hula hooping. They can even provide yoga, Pilates, barre and Zumba lessons. She can also be trying to rent further instructors.
The studio is an area for girls to “be collectively” and “let go,” McKay mentioned.
For her, it’s a break from her analytical desk job as an legal professional within the cyber insurance coverage area, she mentioned.
”It brings a whole lot of pleasure,” McKay mentioned. “It’s good on your physique and thoughts.”
McKay mentioned she grew up in Oregon dancing ballet, faucet and jazz.
After highschool, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue skilled dance and joined a troupe that specialised in stomach dancing at eating places and occasions.
It was there she met her husband, now a wedding and household counselor. After 4 years, they determined to maneuver to Connecticut the place he was from so she may go to school and so they may begin a household.
She graduated from UConn with a bachelor’s diploma in enterprise administration and from UConn legislation faculty in 2016.
The couple has 5 children, ages 5-14. She notes that whereas it is going to be a “steadiness” (she’ll preserve the day job), 4 of the youngsters are 10 years previous and up. McKay mentioned she additionally has the assistance of her mother-in-law, she works from house and the studio isn’t removed from the home.
After turning into a lawyer McKay obtained again to educating stomach dancing and hula hooping at different areas.
Anna Rzecinski of Suffield took each types from McKay and can be part of the brand new studio for hula hooping — her favourite.
”As a instructor, she’s nice,” Rzecinski mentioned of McKay, noting she is aware of plenty of hula hoop tips. “She’s very pleasant, and she or he’s humorous too.”
McKay, a licensed hula-hooping teacher, mentioned it’s a low-impact health routine that’s not onerous on joints. She mentioned most individuals consider hula hooping as being on the waist however there are a minimum of 150 strikes along with that and varieties inside these.
”You may hoop on any a part of your physique,” McKay mentioned.
Scholar Sara Kleinman mentioned she and her finest good friend signed up for a stomach dancing class with McKay so they might meet up and transfer their our bodies.
”We each actually loved it. We met our targets and had a blast,” she mentioned. “Andrea is a enjoyable, educated, affected person and such a inventive instructor.”