Ashley Downs: I Like a Teacher Who Connects the Class Energetically
December 3, 2015

Photo by Gorman Cook Photography, courtesy of Giordano

In our December issue, we hear what professional dancers have to say about their go-to teachers.

Ashley Downs

Giordano Dance Chicago

Chicago, IL

“I appreciate a teacher who is nurturing but who holds me to the highest expectation, not too easygoing or too demanding. The teachers who walk this line have successful, energetic classes.

I also look for a teacher who embraces life: Nan Giordano embodies this. We come to class with individual energy, but she connects us on a communal energy plane. She says, ‘Anything can happen. You never know what’s around the corner.’ It’s all about presence, and Nan is a role model for that.”

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