Finding Fifth

Day Six: Today, you’ll write about the most interesting person you’ve met in 2014. In your twist, develop and shape your portrait further in a character study. Who’s the most interesting person (or people) you’ve met this year?

Back in the beginning of the year, I started teaching dance classes again. It had been quite a long time since I had settled myself back into the classroom, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. 

Teaching little kids is easy- you concentrate more on gathering their attention for more than two minutes than you do on any actual content. It’s the older ones that I find the most challenges with. It’s hard to make yourself appear bigger than they are when you, quite literally, are inches shorter. I want to seem like I know what I’m doing, that I have real things to teach them, and most importantly- I want them to like what I teach them.

It took some time, but I think I’ve finally settled into something that works for me. These girls inspire me just as much as I hope I do to them. I won’t take the time to go through each and every student, perhaps I’ll save that for another day.

There’s one student in my class that I taught beginning back in February. I picked up the choreography of her solo when the classes were passed over to me. She wasn’t the most experienced of dancers, but you could see the determination in her eyes.

Little by little, we worked on technique. Mastering turn sequences, learning the proper placement of positions, working on flowing from count to count along with the music.

Her wirey frame made for a challenge, and the fact that she was a relatively new dancer added to the workload. I pushed her, and she never ever gave up. We chipped away at big challenges until they were simply little bumps in the road. Her long, thin limbs required more attention than those who find a natural roundness. Her sickled ankles needed strength built up to support the movements.

Throughout the summer, I watched her work alongside the more advanced girls, pushing herself every single day to do as much dancing as humanly possible. And here we are in the fall, prepping for another season on stage. She fits in with the rest of the group better than ever, perhaps even more comfortably than girls who have been dancing their whole lives.

It’s that fire in her eyes that drives her to learn more and more. You can’t see the hardships that she’s working through as she moves through class, she focuses only on what needs to be done.

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3 thoughts on “Finding Fifth

  1. How rewarding to work with such a student. And now I’m curious about your own dance background. Haven’t written about that somewhere? Please share 🙂

    1. Hmm.. I don’t think I have profiled out my own background really. I touch on it in a few of my older posts, especially with my monthly check-ins. You’ve just given me a wonderful idea for a future post though, thanks!

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