Thursday, July 8, 2010


I couldn't have been more than 14 years old, but I remember when a ballet teacher - in a fit of fury and frustration - threw one of his shoes at a classmate. When I see friends who were in the same school we joke about these recollections - recalling the outbursts of the teacher more than the infraction that caused the scene. There are lots of approaches to teaching and giving feedback, and these memories came back as I wrote an article about a DC project for emerging artists who are given three months of constructive feedback and discussion with peers and mentors. Feedback can be invigorating – and also hard to find. Page Carr, an artist and professor who oversaw the project, says these conversations are invaluable because they "promote the asking of questions and generation of ideas, which are central to art-making, no matter what the medium or intent." I wonder if/how choreographers and performers in DC/VA find the discussion, discourse and feedback they need?

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