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Hiroichi Tategata's Danceable LIFE Vol.4

舘形比呂一のDanceable LIFE Vol.4

What you notice by "teaching"
Hirokazu Tategata (dancer / choreographer)

I have been teaching jazz dance at university for about 3 years. The reason was that I made a guest appearance as Karabos in "Sleeping Beauty" by Momoko Tani Ballet. It was a great learning experience for me because I never thought that I would be invited to the stage of classical ballet, which is a full-scale work that asks a former principal of the Russian Kirov Ballet to direct and choreograph.
From that connection, I was asked if I could take charge of a jazz dance class at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music.
Actually, when I was in my twenties, I used to teach at a cultural center for a short period of time, but when it comes to university classes, the hurdles are high. I still want to dance while I'm still active, so I thought it was a waste of time. However, I rarely get such an opportunity. Unlike pictures and music, dance cannot be left as an entity, so if I could convey what I had learned to the younger generation, I thought it would be good, so I accepted it.
The question is "what to tell". I'm not an elite dancer, so it's not a technical example. I think it's okay to take on the challenge because I was asked to do so, but it takes courage to "teach" the students.
When I consulted with an acquaintance who teaches at university, he said, "You don't have to teach. You just have to show yourself dancing." What is required is to show the attitude of facing the dance, and it is up to the students to understand and acquire it. The words pushed my back and I started to take charge of the lessons.

I started thinking that I would like to see my dance and steal my self-expression and presence through the dance, but it has been three years since I realized it. I had no experience as a teacher, and it was difficult to hold a class while holding the stage, 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 it can be a hassle. But I'm happy to see the students grow up step by step, and I feel dear. I was surprised myself.
This spring, we will have our first graduates. I'm really looking forward to seeing how they work in the outside world.

I don't know what will happen in the world, just as I was forced to leave the stage due to an injury. No matter how much you hold it, you can't do it when it doesn't work. I will take everything positively and try as much as I can.

Shooting cooperation: Don Giovanni
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