When men are new or even resistant to dance, their teachers must find ways to reach and relate to them. It isn’t always easy but these 6 tips by one of Chicago’s top teachers, Szewai Lee, are sure to be helpful.
We love sharing great articles from around the web. Here are eight great ones for dance students in all stages of their development.
A brief look at two documentary films that will inspire and educate your dance students. Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance and Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow are engaging, informative, essential for any dance program library, and readily available to anyone who is a fan of dance.
Every class has one… or two. That student that gets on your nerves or ruffles your feathers. Teachers of adult dancers are no exception and when certain students cause stress or strain in the classroom environment, a teacher just needs to vent a little. If you are a teacher, you will recognize some of the “personalities” our anonymous author presents. If you are a student, well, we hope you don’t resemble these students.
As a teacher and a dancer, I like to think I’ve always brought to my work an awareness and sensitivity of the challenges boys and men face in the dance world. The moment I became a mom to a young son, however, I became more keenly aware of the many “rules” that surround both boyhood and the parenting of boys, especially when it comes to dance. This and more are explored in the recently completed video series by DanceLifeTV called Male Voices which puts a spotlight on some of the young male dancers at the Rhee Gold school.
It is shocking to discover that people can be much more open and accepting than we give them credit for. It is important for the young male dancer to keep an open mind and allow room for people to accept and admire his dance talent. Remember, not everyone will approve, nor does everyone have to. But there are many art supporters, family and friends who will accept your dance talent as a gift and encourage you to use it to the fullest.