Hirokazu 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 motivation was to make a guest appearance as Karavos in "Sleeping Beauty" by Momoko Tani Ballet. It was a great experience for me to study classical ballet, and it was so unexpected that I could call it a full-scale work that asked a 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 20s, I used to teach at the Cultural 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. However, 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 younger generations, 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 could steal the self-expression and presence through dance while seeing me dancing, but three years had passed since I realized it. I had no experience as a teacher, and having a lesson while holding a stage was difficult, so I thought I would want 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 work in the outside world.
I have no idea 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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