Tag: what my teacher taught me

What My Teacher Taught Me: Pilobolus’ Marlon Feliz on Barbara Delgado Acosta

I always say that I was introduced to dance through salsa, bachata and merengue in Miami. My early formal training came in the form of after-school programs and the magnet dance program at South Miami Middle School. It wasn’t until I was in eighth grade (four years after my first dance class) that I started […]

What My Teacher Taught Me: L.A. Dance Project’s David Adrian Freeland Jr. on Michelle Ottley-Fisher

I met Michelle Ottley-Fisher (“Mama O,” as we like to call her) as a soon-to-be middle-schooler auditioning for LaVilla School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida. The school was looking for students who were confident enough to get out there and move. I had never danced before, and according to Mama O, I was the […]

What My Teacher Taught Me: Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Priyana Acharya on Erica Lynette Edwards

I met Erica Lynette Edwards when I was 17 years old, while training at Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago. She had danced with the company for 15 years before becoming the director of community engagement, and at the time I was training for Youth America Grand Prix with a colleague of hers. I would […]

Ballet Hispánico's Gabrielle Sprauve Shares the Impact Teachers of Color Had on Her Training

Ballet Hispánico dancer Gabrielle Sprauve understands firsthand the major impact teachers of color can have on a young black dancer’s career. Over the course of her training, she had two teachers in particular who left a lifelong impression on her dancing. Here, she shares some of her experiences. James R. Atkinson As a 12-year-old girl, […]

What Parsons Dancer Zoey Anderson Says College Did for Her Dance Career

The decision to go to college is often difficult for aspiring professional dancers to make, but for Zoey Anderson, attending Marymount Manhattan College made all the difference in achieving her goals. Aside from the great education that she says honed her technique and refined her artistry, Anderson was able to meet MMC Dance Department chair, […]

What My Teacher Taught Me: Meredith Fages

After joining Heidi Latsky Dance in 2007, Meredith Fages expanded her dynamic range as a performer under Latsky’s mentorship. “When we first started working together, she said to me, ‘Meredith, you have training coming out of your ears. I’m going to help you do something with it. I may not be able to make you […]

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