I really want to teach dance again.
My issue is that I’m not a particularly extraordinary dancer: I’m not flexible at all, I have no formal training in ballet, my Chinese dance expertise is actually more based on intuition than training (the studio that I grew up in was… not exactly the best). I will admit that I’m a good imitator – I watch videos online and can pick up technique quickly.
Unfortunately, that’s not enough for a lot of studios. I don’t check off all the boxes – no BFA in Dance, no teaching certification, no training under a famous teacher, no involvement in a dance team in high school, not part of a professional company, no major choreography experience (does choreography for college companies count?)
So of course I get written off before I can even show them what I can do. Before they can understand that a good dancer doesn’t necessarily make a good teacher, and a good teacher doesn’t necessarily need to be super flexible.
My strength does not lie on the professional stage – I’m a good but not a great dancer. My strength lies in stepping into the classroom and teaching a group of young adults (both inexperienced and experienced) how to dance cohesively, expressively, and professionally.
Why can’t anyone give me a chance to showcase that kind of talent?