After the Easter hiatus I had some time to contemplate a bit about the relationship of money and the quality of things that we produce.
Recently, we have been travelling a lot. We have attended a series of dance contests in Michalovce, Humenné, Bardejov, Košice, Žilina, Myjava, Bratislava, Piešťany, Martin, Liptovský Hrádok, Trnava. We have also travelled to dance fairs in Florence, Italy and London, UK. I compared the attitude of people towards dancing in individual regions in Slovakia and also abroad.
Passion and love are comparable but I have a feeling that young dancers abroad enjoy dancing much more and they're also willing to invest in it much more. Here are some examples of what I have seen. Dear dance teachers, the following statements are written to support you and for the students and parents to realize that you contribute by your pedagogical work, education, motivation and education of students and not in the fact that they can, in fact, ruin you.
And so I'm thinking now - can a teacher, who is consumed by many other activities and does it for free, be still creative? Can a good choreographer educate students to respect themselves? Yes, they can do it and I can see it on a daily basis. But how much longer? Not a lot, anymore! And I can also see the spark of enthusiasm in some teachers' eye gradually fade out and a bad mood fade in.
I say NO to these things. I think that schools and teachers must energize students and share their experience and nourish the love for dancing. And, excuse me, it cannot be done for free. It's hard work. A teacher is here to give. And someone who wants to give must have something left to give.
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