"La gran suerte del ser humano es encontrarse con buenos maestros...
me inculcó desde el principio lo que es la ética de la danza antes de la estética."
("The best luck a human being can have is finding good teachers...from the beginning I was instilled with what are the ethics of dance before the aesthetic." --Antonio Gades)
|Candid photo from Manuela Rios' class.|
I've been incredibly lucky in my life with my dance teachers (and academic teachers) from my first ballet classes with Karen Alwin who was strict as can be and full of tough love to my teachers this year who have taught me more than I could have imagined about flamenco. I went to my last class with Manuela Rios today; it never ceases to amaze me how much I learn in one class with her.
I've been lucky enough to find myself with teachers who give all their knowledge without holding anything back, who teach with love, and want to see their students grow to their fullest capacities. I'm looking forward to seeing my teachers and mentors back in the states and I will miss the incredible teachers I've had here this year.
Ironically, I am looking forward to being surrounded by other forms of art. Museums, jazz music, blues, modern dance, performance art, theater, etc., abound like nowhere else in New York, and I plan on taking full advantage of that, budget permitting.
|Greek and Roman Wing at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC|