Teaching: the supreme art

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Emma-Jane Morton has been teaching for 13 "wonderful" years and is on the faculty at Tanya Pearson Academy in Sydney.

Emma Jane Morton with pupil.
Emma Jane Morton with pupil.

What drew you to teaching dance?

I started dancing at the age of five, and this became my career path for 22 years.

Dancing had given me such joy and fulfillment as a person in every aspect of my life. The passion, dedication and drive it took showed me there was no easy way of achieving something, and the goals one sets out to attain.

Towards the end of my career I had this abundance of knowledge and a powerful feeling that I needed to pass this onto younger generations and inspire them to be creative, artistic and passionate about dance, and so
I undertook the next chapter of my life in educating myself to be able to teach others. Thirteen years later I still have a deep desire and passion for teaching and try to educate the love of dance that continues to evolve inside of me.

What is the most rewarding part of teaching dance?

There are so many aspects that make teaching dance so rewarding: knowing I am passing on a circle of knowledge and joy for the art of performing that I myself learnt through my teachers, and long dance career, gives me great satisfaction.

There is a quiet fulfilment in seeing students grow and develop, reach their potential and accomplish the short and long term goals they set out to achieve.

Dance has always been in my life and seeing a student’s passion, dedication and pure joy in their achievement invigorates me to pass on these creative skills.

This article is included in our special Teacher Focus feature in the current Oct/Nov/Dec issue. Print is for keeps! Buy your copy from your favourite dance retailer or online here or here.

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