To be a teacher is to eliminate pride and think about others the same as you think about yourself and your family. Your class becomes your family. You get to know your students by their names, and every day you learn more about their personality. Once you know them and they feel it, students are happy and confident when you are around them, and that gives you motivation. You’re doing your best to stay on top of your field inside and outside of your areas of expertise, and your knowledge must not be limited to curriculum and art canons. But you must also create an atmosphere of motivation and confidence that keeps the good vibe in the class and this is the way to do so:
Brighton Ballet Theater (BBT) has been working with students in public schools for more than 10 years, teaching them ballet, character and contemporary dance. I.S. 228 is just one of the public schools where Brighton Ballet Theatre has a dance residency program.
Intermediate School 228 David A. Boody has residency program with BBT already for the second year now, under my direction, Ballet Teacher and Choreographer and with support of the executive director of BBT Irina Roizin. We just had three recital shows which were called “A Dancer’s Life” on May 28-30th under the direction of Jan Ford, teacher of IS 228, and me, Irina Lapteva. Students of the 6th, 7th and 8th Grades Dance Magnet showed all the steps of dancer’s life by analogy with natural growth, starting from nature and birth, through their everyday life to become a dancer and finally performing at one big show in order to make other people happy.
A music icon and an amazing personality, Tony Bennett is also an arts promoter.
Exploring The Arts, a foundation that he and his wife Susan have established and been running for more than ten years now, helps promoting performance arts programs in public schools, both in New York and L.A.
The 2013 evening Gala held in New York City had more that 500 guests who contributed $1 million for the foundation.
Tony and Susan are also the founders of Frank Sinatra School of thr Arts (FSSA) a public arts school located in Astoria, the birthplace of Tony Bennett.
Here’ it is – the curtain is down, the performance is over and all our efforts are rewarded by the warm applause.
At the end of the year we take time to assess our achievements, we rejoice is our success which make our efforts worthy and our failures insignofficant.
Perhaps most of all my efforts I am proud of my dance magnet class.
I am very excited about our performance by my troupe of dancers from the public school I teach to.
I’ve been working with my girls from the dance magnet group of I.S. 228 for over a year now, I come to know them, to see their progress and to admire their determination.
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