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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


Marlita Hill
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.

2013-14 Student Choreo Info.

ALL cast members, please fill out this form by Fri, Nov 1, 2013http://tinyurl.com/studchoreocastlist

Choreographers: please fill out this form by Fri, Nov 15, 2013http://tinyurl.com/studchoreproginfo


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In 2009, Hill co-founded the dance department here at Cortines, along with former teacher, Charlotte Neveu. Hill earned her BFA degree in Dance Performance with K-12 Certification from Towson University in Towson, MD. In March 2008, she published her book, "Dancers! Assume the Position," which examines the WHAT, the WHY, and the IMPACT of the dancer's ministry. Ms. Hill is involved in many other projects outside of Cortines: she works with dance ministries through her workshop, Unlocking Movement that Speaks; she curates her blog, The Choreography Clinic, a blog that houses dialogue among dance makers about making dance; she serves as a board member and Children's Show Coordinator for Rhapsody In Taps, an LA- based tap company led by founder and Artistic Director, Linda Sohl-Ellison. Through working with community organizations including HelpDesk/LA, Dance Resource Center, Career Transitions for Dancers, and serving on the steering committee for the Horton Awards, Hill is enthusiastically committed to contributing to connecting and fortifying the Los Angeles dance community. Her choreography has been presented at venues including Towson University, Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (in collaboration with VT Dance), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), and Carpenter Center Performing Arts. My resume

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"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


"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