more photos from Collective Soul Three and thoughts on teaching…

Hilary, Amanda, Carol, and Karen
Hilary, Amanda, Carol, and Karen
Carol, Hilary, Amanda, Paulette, and Karen
Carol, Hilary, Amanda, Paulette, and Karen

For our three day CS3 intensive, we were joined by Carol, from Gypsy Caravan, and Karen from the Caravan Dance Collective. They were there to dance with us, partake in the fun and the work, and refine and reinforce their own dance. It is so nice to see when dancers can let go of their egos, and just do more work on their technique. We are never done, are we? It is humbling, yet always encouraging for dancers to not always be the teacher. Since Carol and Karen are teaching many of the Caravan classes, they really do enjoy letting go of that persona to work on themselves, besides sharing in the intriguing dance discussions that we get into!

I, too, always look for learning opportunities for myself, as it is refreshing to uncover something new, to study a different approach to dance, or something all together different, which I am always doing. Yet it always brings me full circle back to my teachings. As I strive to be the best teacher I can be, which keeps me always on my toes. In turn, that makes my job of helping the student be the best dancer (or writer, or teacher) that they can be. I also continuously learn from my students, so there is that circle too.

It is an exciting occupation, teaching, and I am so glad that I realized years ago that was what I wanted to do. It is challenging and rewarding, grueling sometimes, joyous most times. Having been doing this for how many years now? about eighteen or so…I love the format I have found that works, both for the students to find delight in themselves and their dance, for the performers who have pursued that side of the dance, and for the dancers who have grown up to be teachers also.

I am glad that I went on to create the Gypsy Caravan Collective Soul certification programs, and the Teacher Training intensives, to share, and pass on this dance and the skills that go along with it, as it really revolves around all of life, not just dance. That is why this dance is a lifestyle for me. Supportive, creative, encouraging, all encompassing, hard, fun, and it makes the world go round! Besides, I get to laugh alot!

Crazy Amanda and Hilary
Crazy Amanda and Hilary

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