Four years ago, a young dancer, Melinda Marchiano was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. She’s transformed her confrontation with cancer into something beautiful, documenting her path through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery in a memoir, Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery, which she published in October, 2010. Melinda talks with DA about cancer, her book, and her future plans.
Imagine if you or your children couldn’t go to school or work because you had to walk each day to gather water and doing so meant you might stand in line for hours waiting to carry a 40 pound canister on your back for the return trip. And not clean water, either. Swamp water or a muddy hole or a puddle on the ground (one that you share with cows and other animals).
had gotten away from using them elsewhere but, at any age or level of dance, props are a great tool for communicating concepts and enlivening your teaching. There’s no limit but your imagination, really, but here are a few ideas that I’ve used along the way.
A consummate professional is constructive, positive, is motivated and has the ability to motivate others, displays generosity, and takes the high road. If you want to be seen as a professional in your career and in your life, you must develop strong leadership skills. And leaders are most often defined by their reactions to situations, rather than their actions.