From Second Row to Stardom: The Journey of Passionate Dancers
In the world of dance education, there's a question I often pose to my seminar attendees: "How many of you were the best dancer in your class?" In rooms filled with eager faces, sometimes numbering in the hundreds, only a solitary hand or two hesitantly rises in response, and on occasion, not a single hand is raised.
This intriguing response reveals something profound and essential that I believe every dance educator should understand. It teaches us that, often, it's not the star dancers who go on to become the professionals or teachers in our field. Surprisingly, the most naturally gifted students tend to take their talents for granted and may not experience the burning passion that drives a committed dancer.
Instead, it's often the unassuming little dancer tucked away in the second row, the one who struggles with turnout and might never execute a perfect passé, who emerges as the unexpected star. This determined dancer may someday grace the Broadway stage with an undeniable presence or become the remarkable teacher you proudly claim to have trained.
So, what's the lesson here for dance educators? It's to recognize and cherish the little dancer in the second row—the one who may not possess the same physical strength or technical ability as the others but radiates an unwavering passion for dance. She's the gem waiting to be discovered.
As a dance teacher, you have the power to make a significant impact on her journey. In that moment when you spot her passion shining through her struggles, seize the opportunity. Extend your hand, guide her to the front of the classroom, and make her day. This simple act of recognition and encouragement could be the turning point that fills her with the confidence to aspire to be like you—a dedicated dance educator.
In nurturing her passion and providing her with guidance, you're not only molding a dancer but potentially shaping the future of dance education. It's a powerful reminder that excellence in dance isn't solely about perfect technique or innate talent; it's about the unwavering commitment and fervor that dancers like the little one in the second row bring to the studio every day.
So, let's celebrate and cultivate these passionate souls, for they hold the potential to become the next generation of remarkable dancers and educators who will carry the art of dance forward. In the end, it's not about being the best dancer in the class; it's about having the heart and soul of a dancer that truly matters.
Have an awesome day and enjoy the journey—Rhee Gold
Rhee Gold, a veteran in the field of dance education, has dedicated over five decades to this art form. As the child of a dance teacher and studio owner, his passion for dance ignited early. Over the years, he has contributed significantly to the dance community through his roles as an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Notable accomplishments include publishing Dance Studio Life magazine and writing influential columns. Rhee Gold's experience and insights have made him a trusted figure for dance teachers, studio owners, and enthusiasts worldwide, emphasizing the profound impact of dance education.