I’m honored to have been interviewed for the September issue of Maine Womens Magazine. This is their issue on teachers and mentors.
Excerpt from the interview:
Q: Why would you encourage other women to pursue this field? What is your advice?
A: Teaching dance is not a small endeavor. It is a responsibility that we must take very seriously, as movement can either help or hurt others. A good teacher is not made at weekend training. Weekend intensives are a good start, but there is so much more to learn about teaching, from anatomy to learning styles to class construction to the business of running classes. I love seeing the light in a student’s face when they have an “ah-ha” moment. It is extremely fulfilling when your student is able to do a movement or a combination that you’ve been working toward together.
Teaching requires generosity, firmness, confidence, and mental flexibility. It is empowering and gratifying to share movement with others. I would encourage those who are interested in teaching dance to take as many classes as possible in different styles. Learn what you think makes a good teacher. Do as much research as you can, attend trainings, craft a unique class that you are proud of, and share it with the world.