Quotes for Dance Teachers
Young dancers are training at a very vulnerable time in their lives... So train the whole person, not just the dancer.
It is more important who they are as people and only then is it important who they are as dancers.
If their feet aren't in the right place, at least their hearts are.
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.
Good dancers are made, not born.
A dance teacher helps their students find the song in their heart, the beat in their feet and a passion for life.
I will make an average man into an average dancer, provided he be passably well made. I will teach him how to move his arms and legs, to turn his head. I will give him steadiness, brilliancy and speed; but I cannot endow him that fire and intelligence, those graces and that expression of feeling which is the soul of true pantomime.
Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.
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.
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...
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 teaching.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
Try to respect the student's spiritual feeling and intelligence. A human being is in your hands. If you don't love your students, it's better you don't teach. Give the truth always.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.