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Question of the Month

IS MENTORSHIP NEEDED AND WHY?


  • Peter T. - In early career mentorship is great, but later on - a simple feedback is preferable.
  • Hans M. - Of course! Every young composer will be happy to learn from Mozart and every young choreographer from a master.
  • Emily S. - As long as the mentor helps the creative process instead of controlling it.
  • George K. - Not always. Choreographers often have to figure things out by themselves.
  • Isabel R. - When it is a good match - yes.
  • Svetlana Z. - Does learning from the work of a famous choreographer also count as an "indirect" mentorship?
  • Joanna M. - Yes, and it is great to have someone who cares about you getting better.
  • Mariah L. - Yes. Mentorship is important to expand the knowledge of those who seek to increase their education and grow in any field. Choreographers need to have their own expression however, the knowledge of older generations is useful.
  • Truly B. - Having a mentor can be a very valuable asset as an artist is starting out. Being paired properly is beneficial to both parties; one gets access to a wealth of experience while the other is challenged to remain fresh and connected.
  • Alicia D. - Mentorship is essential for professional development. Mentors are our guides and advocates. They see our potential, and thus believe in us. They can be very fierce critics, but always with positivism. Mutual trust and respect are key in mentorship.
  • Therese G. - The minute we stop learning or are no longer open to learning, we become stagnant and lose the potential for any level of growth. We need the accountability of a mentor, who can question and push the boundaries we have created within our field.
  • Naomi L. - Mentorship is absolutely needed. Without mentorship, a dance artist will not be fully able to harness their creative and technical capacities. A mentor is a guide, someone who shows the possibilities and opens up opportunities.
  • Jessica H. - Mentorship is necessary to provide guidance, share learned knowledge, pass on insights from experienced professionals.
  • Rachael A. - I do believe that mentorship is needed. Having input from someone other than yourself is vital for self-improvement.
  • Mecca M. - I believe mentor ship is definitely needed. Sometimes choreographers get in their head and need another party to talk them off the ledge. It’s also good to have someone more experienced than you giving constructive criticism.