Hiroichi Tategata's Danceable LIFE Vol.4
Awareness by "teaching"
Hirokazu Tategata (dancer/choreographer)
I've been teaching jazz dance at university for about three years. The opportunity was to make a guest appearance in the role of Karavos in "Sleeping Beauty" by Momoko Tani Ballet. It was a great experience for me to study the classical ballet stage, which I had never expected to call a full-scale work that asked the former principal of the Russian Kirov Ballet Company to direct and choreograph.
From that connection, he asked, "Can you take the jazz dance class at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music?"
Actually, when I was in my twenties, I had taught at a culture center for a short period of time, but when it comes to university classes, the hurdles are high. I wanted to dance while I was still active, so I thought that I wasted time. But I rarely get such an opportunity. Dance cannot be left as an entity like paintings and music, so I thought it would be good if I could convey what I had learned to the younger generation, so I accepted it.
The problem is "what to convey." I'm not an elite dancer, so it's not a technical example. I think you should give it a try because you asked me so much, but I have the courage to "teach" the students.
When I consulted with an acquaintance who is teaching at university, he said, "You don't have to teach.You just have to show them how the minutes are dancing." What is needed is to show the attitude that one has faced the dance, and leave it up to the students to understand and acquire it. I was pushed back by the words and took charge of the class.
I started thinking that I would steal the self-expression through dance and how to create a presence, by seeing how I dance and it took me three years. I didn't have any experience as a teacher and it was difficult to have a lesson while holding a stage, so I thought I wanted to quit soon.
Apparently, I didn't hate teaching.
I don't think it's taught well, and sometimes I find it troublesome. However, I'm happy and delighted to see the students grow step by step. I was also surprised.
This spring we will have our first graduates. I'm really looking forward to how they will work in the outside world.
I do not know what will happen in the world, as if I had been forced to step out from the stage due to an injury. No matter how you hold it, when it's useless, it's useless. I will take everything positively and try to do as much as I can.
Photography cooperation: Don Giovanni
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