Every child’s dreams can be turned into “just a phase” if they are kept from having a chance at attaining them. If they want to be an architect they must study art and math, if they want to be a chef we must allow them to make a mess in the kitchen. Whatever they aspire to, we must let them explore it with all of their hearts. If we don’t let them try, we guarantee it will never be.
I thought that perhaps you out there might like to know how all of us on this side of the Pro Dance Experience equation got out connections started….and how our specific family trees are connected through our meandering paths.
We made it to NY, the big apple, for the final round of the Youth America Grand Prix!
A great deal of learning to navigate the professional world is networking and marketing. How the public views you or your company is key to continued success; increasing the public’s desire to see you dance, or to have you as their teacher, or to want to be at your school/studio.
“One of the most prevalent defining attributes of a great artist is technical accomplishment…nothing extra, nothing except the purity of their command of their chosen language of expression…. these individuals possess a total and utter mastery of physical form and artistic expression. “
The great majority of dancers have their first taste of dance through some kind of recreational program, many under the age of 5, perhaps in a ballet-tap-jazz combo class, or small part in a local community production…Unfortunately, many recreational studios are reluctant to encourage talented pupils to pursue their training goals at schools with more focused programs, falsely touting that they themselves can provide the necessary training.
A student may have fears, about trying a new step, about putting on pointe shoes for the first time, about getting injured, about performing for thousands of people, about introducing themselves to a director. All are legitimate causes for worry…
…the professional landscape of high level training, of the technical requirements demanded by the professional world, as well as how to deal with the pressure of executing a peak performance on demand are all aspects of involvement in competition…
…taken on the guise of a sport, in that it has been used as a vehicle for students to test their accomplishments…there is a more primal and ancient aspect to dance, one that has been present in our collective psyche since the beginning of humanity itself…
…sometimes life does throw a curve ball that removes the option of attending or participating in class…the reality is that daily ballet class is the foundation of all progress, and is crucial to the continued development and success of our students.
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