Today has been declared "Thank A Dance Teacher Day" by the National Dance Education Organization. (NDEO website)
Have you had a dance teacher that inspired you or changed your perspective on something - dance/ movement related or otherwise?
I've had many people in my life who have provided examples of "making it work" as a dancer and as a person.
Here are some of my memories (there are too many to list, so I'm just including one poignant memory from a few of my mentors):
Karen Dearborn - "There are enough people in the world who are going to tell you 'no'. Don't be one of them."
Charles Anderson - "Things are not as they should be. Things are not as they could be."
Jennifer Kayle - "It's all about the search"
Kun-Yang Lin - "Stay present in the moment."
Nora Gibson - "Keep the technique clean."
I am also so grateful for the dancers who continue to provide examples of being creators, performers, educators, mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, partners, writers, friends, dreamers, seekers, and humble beings who model their dedication to making the world a little more beautiful everyday.