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"Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike." Margot Fonteyn
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As a dance educator, I understand that my students are in dance class with me for so many different reasons. I understand that most of my dancers are not seeking a life on the stage. The probability of my students seriously pursuing a professional dance career is slim. Regardless, I believe that that every last one of them deserve my total investment in teaching them about dance as if they were.
The survival of this art form rests not only in the people who do it, but in the people who value it and will advocate for, and seek it as a part of their lives. When I look at my students, I am looking to do more than produce great dancers. I am looking to produce dance patrons, critics, historians, technicians, choreographers, teachers, and advocates. I am looking to awaken and nurture a life-long love affair with dance of all genres.
As a teacher, I deeply consider what I most want my students to take from my class, which is more than just the proper way to do a tendu. I understand that most of them don’t really care about the proper way to do a tendu. They just want to dance. They want to let go and experience. This presents a unique challenge for me: How do I teach the skill of dance technique with integrity and not discourage or quell their love for movement? How do I keep them motivated when the perfecting of dance steps is not rewarding? I value their process and their progress. As I demand more, I do not let them forget that I have not forgotten how far they have come since we first met.
The technician means more to me than the technique. If I am successful, despite their ability to ever execute a dance step at a professional level, they will at least have the cognition of how to do so. They will at least have an appreciation of the work that goes into being able to do so. They will at least know abundantly more about a tendu than they did when they first came into my class.
When they leave me and go on to become professional dancers, administrators, dance patrons, critics, historians, technicians, choreographers, teachers, and advocates, I want them to do so with nostalgia and empathy. I want them to be walking advertisements for the joys and benefits of participating in dance. That is the only way our art form will survive.
"Dancing is a sweat job...when you're experimenting you have to try so many things before you choose what you want; and you may go days getting nothing but exhaustion. It takes time to get a dance right, to create something memorable." Fred Astaire
Marlita Hill is the Artistic Director/Choreographer for Speak Hill Dance Project, started in May 2014. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance with K-12 Certification from Towson University, Towson, MD. Marlita is very passionate about the intersection of dance and faith. Her introduction to dance was through an LA-based Christian dance company, The Hush Company, led by Stacy Meadows and LaQuin Snowden. Her involvement in the dance ministry community spans 20 years as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, author, and mentor. She has authored two books on dance and ministry in her Dancers! Assume the Position series; the first focusing on dance in congregational worship, and the second focusing on Christian dancers with careers in commercial/entertainment, concert, academic, and community contexts. Her latest project is the Kingdom Artists Initiative, a network of artists supporting each other in creating art and managing careers according to Kingdom principles. In 2009, Hill co-founded the dance department at the Ramon C. Cortines School for the Visual and Performing Arts, in downtown Los Angeles, where she teaches tap, modern, and choreography. She is the Creator/Curator of The Choreography Clinic, a blog that houses dialogue among dance makers about making dance (choreoclinic.com). Her choreography has been presented at venues including ARC Pasadena, Lineage Performing Arts Center, Diavolo, Towson University, Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (in collaboration with VT Dance), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), and Carpenter Center Performing Arts. Website: marlitahill.com
"Dance for yourself. If someone else understands, good. If not, no matter. Go right on doing what interests you, and do it until it stops interesting you." Louis Herst