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Sharon Tinkler, Stepping Out Dance Company Posted on February 13, 2024 by planirl

Sharon Tinkler, Stepping Out Dance Company

Sharon Tinkler is the founder of the Stepping Out Dance company which provide dance and dance exercise classes in up to 100 venues around Ireland.  Having been made redundant by Aer Lingus and being a seperated mother of a young son, Sharon started Stepping Out initially as a way she could spend time with her son during the day but still earn a much needed income by teaching at night.

The first Stepping Out office was the spare bedroom of her Clondalkin home. As it grew she moved to a shed in her back garden before in 2007 moving to a state of the art premises in Park West with full studio facilities for the training and retraining of her team of Stepping Out teachers.

A former Irish Salsa Dance champion, Sharon choreographed the ‘Salsa Slims’ course which since 2003 has helped over 70,000 Irish woman to enjoy fitness through dance in a fun way. She went on to choreograph El Segundo,  El Dorado and La Fiesta, all follow on courses. She collaborated with the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ winner Karen Hardy to devise Stepping Out’s ‘Come Dancing’ course.  Sharon and Stepping Out have developed their own teacher training course which all Stepping out teachers regardless of previous experience must pass through ensuring consistancy of quality which defines Stepping Out classes.

Sharon sponsors Eliasu, a 10 year old boy from Ghana, with Plan Ireland.

Because I am a Girl I ask…Never ever judge a book by it’s cover.  Get to know the person in rags and the person in riches. Never look up to or down at anyone. Especially down!!

Because I am a Girl I believe…everyone has something special about them and we should never miss an opportunity to point it out to others.

Because I am a Girl I hope…that my teenage son and I will have a great relationship when he grows up and he finally stops thinking I am slightly embarrassing.

Because I am a Girl I wonder…did I always have my priorities right in the earlier days??

Because I am a Girl I dream…and then try to make it come true……….it doesn’t always happen but we gotta dream!

Because I am a Girl I remember…how lucky I was growing up to have such an amazing childhood.  I did not realise it at the time as I took it for granted, dinner on the table every day I got home, big log fire and a lot of happy memories!

Because I am a Girl I like…babies, puppies, perfume and my jeans

Because I am a Girl I dislike…how I feel guilty about things that I probably should not feel guilty about and need constant reassurance about this.

Because I am a Girl I feel…men should stop trying to fix everything and just listen sometimes….we don’t need an answer!!

Because I am a Girl I celebrate…the fact that I have a lot of people around me that I can rely on and that as we get older we realise how important family and friends are! And our girlie nights out!

- Sharon Tinkler

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