Developing a new idea

After finishing my Geriatric Gymnastics profile of my friend Debby Bassin, (to read that series, click here) I realized how much I enjoyed talking to interesting people that I like about our mutual interests. There’s something amazing about celebrating accomplishments; coming to epiphanies about each other feels great. Once I posted the final chapter, I started to wonder what I’d focus on next.

As the days rolled on and I was entrenched in my busy teaching and rehearsal schedule, I started to think about all of the people that had stood in my classroom over the last 25 years. I’ve become quite reflective about my time as an educator of late. It’s a long time of developing connections; many brains, hearts and bodies found success, and struggled through challenges. Tears and laughter were shared in that sacred space, and still are today. I’ve always marveled at how cold cinderblock walls can be the frame for such a display of humanity through the creative arts.

In my reflective reverie, I’ve decided to start a new creative project. Simply put, the working title is 10 Questions for my Beloved Students. The idea is to interview former students of mine, those who spent significant time in my dance studio at school, and find out the most salient lessons they learned and carry with them to this day. I want to know how they managed their transition into adulthood, and how the lessons they learned in my class may have helped them in their journey. I’ve already started to reach out to some of them, and I’m excited to say they are eager to participate. I look forward to spending some one-on-one time with them.

Here’s a little peek at some of their beautiful faces through the years. Love these “kids.”

My hope is that I can create a new podcast and blog series to share with everyone that will be positive, enlightening, and demonstrative of the mutual love and respect I have enjoyed throughout my career.

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