Cristian Basescu is the owner of Care To Dance, a dance studio in Sydney. Here, he and his partner, Alexia, teaches dance classes for anyone willing to give dancing a try. They also specialise in wedding dance classes, to get the bride and groom ready for their first dance.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your background and how you ended up choosing the dancing profession.
A: I am Romanian born but lived in Italy most of my life. I was a very active child that couldn’t sit still. I was placed into dancing and have enjoyed dancing and working with choreographies since I can remember.
I must have been 5 years old when I would dance for family and friends and put concerts together. I have won many multiple competitions all around Europe, first competition only having 2 months of training, placing 1st. It has been a passion of mine; I really do feel like I live and breathe dancing and music.
I one day decided to expand my passion and knowledge for dancing and heard Australia was not as saturated in the dancing industry as Europe. I packed my bags, with no English, no certainty and came to Australia to share my passion.
Dancing is a fundamental tool that assisted me in many ways to learn English through teaching and in return has helped me become more fluent. Dancing has also most importantly helped me create a future and build a family as this how I met my business partner and wife Alexia.
The world is my oyster and it is just the beginning for Care To Dance and I, watch this space!
Q: What excites you most about dancing/ teaching others?
A: Dancing from such a young age, music and dance runs through my veins. I love watching my students who come through the door with the ambition to want to learn, big or small and to succeed and achieve in their goals and desires.
Q: What made you decide to set up your own dance class studio?
A: I started Care To Dance because I felt there was a divide in the industry. You either learnt street style of dancing or you learnt ballroom style. Being technically trained with both I chose to create Care To Dance to bring both industries under one roof to make it easier for my clients.
Q: How would you say you differentiate yourself from other dance class studios?
A: Having trained and taught at multiple studios the focus tends to stray and become more about business when Care To Dance has such a strong business model that our focus is always 100% on our clients.
Q: Were their many major hurdles you had to overcome during your career/ when setting up your business?
A: Most definitely! We had multiple studio owners trying to ensure not to allow us to succeed and to put us down to demotivate us.
Q: What do you believe to be your biggest achievement to date?
A: Coming to Australia with next to nothing ready to embrace what this country had to offer to 4 years later owning a hugely recognised dance studio whilst currently organising to expand and open up another 2 schools in different areas.
Q: Do you have any advice for individuals who want to start learning to dance but think they are too old?
A: You are never too old and it is never too late. Embrace the gift of dance and see what it could do for you, physically and mentally!
So, if you are looking to take up dancing, not matter your age – Care To Dance is certainly here to help improve your skills. If you would like to learn more about Care To Dance and the types of dancing classes on offer, you can visit their website here: www.caretodance.com.au.