“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken
in creative expression and
- Charles M. Dickinson
“Young dancers are training at a very vulnerable
time in their lives...
So train the whole person, not just the dancer.”
- Deborah Bull
“If their feet aren't in the right place,
at least their hearts are.”
- Christian M. Chensvold, on novices
“Let us first teach little children to breathe,
to vibrate, to feel, and to become one
with the general harmony and movement of nature.
Let us first produce a beautiful human being,
a dancing child.”
- Isadora Duncan
“Correction does much,
but encouragement does more.
Encouragement after censure
is as the sun after a shower.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The teacher doesn't teach, not really.
The teacher offers stimulation
and ways in which the person can educate himself or herself.
At best the teacher wakes up that person
and makes a person hungry.”
- Murray Louis
“A teacher must possess many qualities –
firmness and softness,
patience and perseverance and sturdiness...
But above all is love for children,
desire to train them up, all of them, both week and strong.
And, creativity in one's approach to one's task
is also above all...”
- Lyudmila Sakharova
“To dance is to share – to share is to teach.”
“Just like it is rare to get a good guru,
it is equally rare for gurus to get a good disciple.
Every performer is not an able guru and vice-versa.
Not everyone has the kind of patience required for
- Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma
“The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.”
- William Arthur Ward
“Try to respect the student's spiritual feeling and
A human being is in your hands.
If you don't love your students, it's better you don't
Give the truth always.”
- Maestro Hector Zaraspe