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.