FOUNDING ISS FACULTY MEMBER JANE DEVINE TALKS ABOUT HER EXPERIENCES AS A TEACHER AT INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL HAVE BEEN YOUR STRENGTHS AS A TEACHER AT ISS?
I am an easy, simplistic communicator and my focus is making the understanding of ballet more logical and therefore more applicable to young dancers. For me it's important to ensure all of the students feel they have gained understandable and valuable information which they can implement as they go forward improving in their dancing.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL ARE YOUR CORE VALUES AS A TEACHER?
That everyone understands that they can be a better dancer with knowledge, above all - understanding of that knowledge and then the application of that knowledge. Helping students to think much more and teaching them to take much more ownership of and responsibility for their dancing - thus empowering them to gain more positive results for themselves.
Trying to instill into young dancers the enjoyment, creativity and expressiveness of the art form - beyond the required demands of classical technique.
Trying to instill the maintenance a sense of humour about themselves around what can be a hard and at times, inte nse road to success.
WHAT AGE GROUPS AND STYLES DO YOU FEEL MOST BENEFIT FROM YOUR WORK?
Usually young people from approx 12 years old and up because it is around these ages, particularly the older students who have perhaps become more negatively critical of themselves and who can learn to approach their training with more of a "can do, will do" mentality.
Jane Devine will be teaching the junior.dance and senior.dance courses at ISS2018.
January 9-19 2018