Dana Mills writes:

“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it and by the same token to save it from that ruin, which, except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and the young, would be inevitable”.

Hannah Arendt, Teaching as Leading

Teaching is one of the hardest, and most underestimated, jobs in the world. It involves an ever present conflict, apparent in this quote from Arendt, between the new and different, the original, and the world as we know it as teachers.  It always varies from the need to conserve a tradition and leaving some space for innovation.

Dance teaching, similar to any other form of teaching, draws on this conflict, and many others…It would be interesting to read: who were the dance teachers who inspired you? How did you feel that experience impacted you as a dancer and as a person? Let’s share our experiences!

My most memorable dance teacher had the ability to enable us as students to enjoy the process, rehearsals, trials and tribulations; she was completely honest and open about her questions regarding the way dance should be approached, and helped us get involved in this learning process in the most profound way. She had a great respect for tradition, and at the same time, left space for each student’s personality, strengths and individual features; and helped us as ballet students appreciate and love the tradition but at the same time try to find ourselves in it.  She empowered me as a person and as a dancer. For me, she is, and always will be, a teacher par excellence, and moreover- a mentor.