Teaching: the supreme art

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Michelle Hopper Doyle
LAUNCH Performing Arts Centre, Gold Coast, Qld

Michelle Hopper Doyle.

What drew you to teaching dance?

Guiding and encouraging students to push themselves beyond what they think they are capable of. Teaching them the value of being consistent, driven and resilient to maintain constant and never-ending improvement, leading them towards longevity in the performing arts industry.

What is the most rewarding part of teaching dance?

Being given the unique opportunity to have a positive impact on a student's life. Yes, we teach dance, but we also have the ability to instill life skills and values that will lead them into adulthood. Teaching students to have a strong work ethic, self-discipline, resilience, accountability, respect and passion is of huge importance to me. I aim for my students to strive to become the best version of themselves by putting in the work which leads them to living a successful and abundant life.

What advice would you give your students if they decide on a teaching career?

Teaching is an important job and a wonderful opportunity to have a positive impact on children's lives. This is a huge responsibility and one that should be taken seriously – learning how to communicate with each age group and knowing that each child will learn and develop individually. I believe it is essential that you take responsibility for your own professional development, which should include everything from partaking in relevant education, continuing your own training in dance, attending workshops on injury prevention, correct stretching techniques and general education on the body. The information out there is endless and will lead you to new and exciting opportunities.

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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