Natasha Rizza - owner, instructor, choregrapher
Natasha Rizzo, owner & instructor at Danz Synergy opened her first studio in 1998 whilst living in Hong Kong. In 2002, she opened her second, successful studio in Krugersdorp which she later sold. After stints in Richards Bay and the UK, Natasha returned once more to Krugersdorp where she started Danz Synergy.
Movement in my Blood…
“Dancing from age 5, movement was in my blood. Where normal people listen to music, I could close my eyes and see a whole show being performed in my head. Because this passion for dance stayed with me for so many years, I opened the studio because I knew there would be like minded people who had no experience, and if I could open up the magic of dance as an expression of self to them, I would have achieved my goal in life – to make a difference.”
Experience led Natasha to develop her own individual dance style. “I merged various styles to create my very own unique style called Hip-Funk which teachers are still teaching in Hong Kong and South Africa today. We are now starting a new style called Modern Beat and Acro where it is a combination of hip-hop dancing fused with various other styles such as acrobatics, Latin etc.”
Movement in her blood...
While Natasha does not give examinations at her school, she makes a point of tracking their progress using film so that they can see themselves grow from year to year.
Unlike many other dance studios, Danz Synergy caters for teens and adults with no previous dance experience. Natasha also offers fused styles that she choreographs and creates herself so that students to remain excited and interested.
Natasha’s pride in her work is not for nothing. In 2006, she was nominated as a finalist for Female Entrepreneur of the Year and her studio was a finalist for Small Business of the Year for the KCCI – Chamber of Commerce.
It takes a person with real passion to work as a dance instructor. “Someone that does it for the love of dancing as it’s not a highly paid industry. You also need to be someone who can connect with people. You can teach dance but you won’t truly inspire a person if you don’t have an ability to build trust with your students.”
Keeping abreast of new dance trends is crucial to Natasha. “With new styles popping up almost every day, you need to constantly keep track Of what is new in the dance world and how you can incorporate it into your own business. Currently the latest trend across the globe is hip-hop.”
Natasha attributes her solid business skills to her mother who taught her that you should always stand on your own two feet. ‘The biggest thing she taught me – show interest in your client. Don’t see them as money, see them as people and that led to the success of everything I’ve done till today.’