Web Exclusive - Ask Amy

While my teacher has been away on maternity leave, I’ve bonded with two guest teachers who’ve displayed interest in me and given me helpful corrections. Do you have any tips on how to adjust when my teacher comes back? —Casey

 

Once you’ve worked with dance teachers who’ve really inspired you, sometimes it’s hard to adjust back—especially if they gave you more attention than you’re used to. However, it’s important not to dismiss what your old teacher has to offer. She may have a different temperament, background or teaching style, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to learn from her. Even if she emphasizes different things, keep an open mind and allow the differences to broaden your artistry and technique. Being familiar with a range of styles can be helpful in the long run. If she doesn’t single you out as much, you can still benefit by listening attentively and applying corrections she gives your classmates to your own dancing. Hopefully, you’ll be able to adjust within a few weeks.

In the meantime, keep up your relationship with the guest teachers, if possible, either through e-mail or by taking an occasional class. As you try to navigate the professional world, having a network of supportive contacts and recommendations can only help you. However, if you feel the others are better equipped to take you to the next level, you may want to consider training with them full-time.

Latest Posts


Courtesy ABC

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Alicia Mae Holloway Talks About Her Time on ABC's “The Bachelor”

Bunheads tuning in to the season premiere of ABC's "The Bachelor" on January 4 may have recognized a familiar face: Dance Theatre of Harlem's Alicia Mae Holloway, literally bourréeing out of a limousine to greet bachelor Matt James. While Holloway unfortunately didn't get a rose that night, she did thoroughly enjoy being the long-running reality franchise's first professional-ballerina contestant, as she told Pointe in a recent Zoom call.

Keep reading SHOW LESS
Getty Images

Ask Amy: How Can I Make the Most of Performance Opportunities in a Pandemic?

My school is connected to a professional company that operates on a show-to-show basis. Students can audition for company performances when they're 15. My 15th birthday is in February, and I think that our directors are choosing people to participate in virtual performances based off of whether they have performed with the company before. This was supposed to be my big first year with the company, but COVID-19 has changed that. How do I make it known that I want to participate? Do you think I should wait until things are more normal? —Lila
Keep reading SHOW LESS
Jayme Thornton for Pointe

Join Us for a Q&A With ABT's Gabe Stone Shayer on January 21

Gabe Stone Shayer, American Ballet Theatre's newest soloist, has long been a standout onstage. But the 27-year-old dancer—the first African-American male to graduate from Russia's Bolshoi Ballet Academy—is also branching out into choreography and spearheading a flurry of creative projects. Shayer has big ideas for ballet's future. "I want to be the person who facilitates the idea of possibility in this historically exclusive world," he told us in our December/January digital cover story. "And I want to present the possibility of success through my own story."

Now you have a chance to ask Shayer about his training and career, his advice on navigating a path in ballet, his recent work with Alicia Keys, his thoughts on diversity in dance and more. Click here to register for free with your questions. Then tune in for an exclusive conversation and Q&A with Gabe Stone Shayer on Thursday, January 21, at 7 pm Eastern.

Keep reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks