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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.
  • Kristin D. - Mentorship is important as new choreographers are start to develop work. I've found my career suffer because I was never taught to explore what I enjoy or don't about choreography, so I would regularly create dances I hated but didn't know why.
  • Alaina T. - Needed - no, getting constructive feedback in any field/job is needed. One should always be open to growth, receiving feedback, and open to new perspectives. A mentor can help the choreographer see things differently and ensure it isn't selfish.
  • Cheryl J. - Mentorship In choreography would be beneficial for choreographers who work with the NTID, where sign language is an integral component to the overall composition. This is a complex union of storytelling, communication, and dance design.
  • Ashley M. - YES! Mentoring the choreographic and artistic process is an essential step to learning how to craft a dance, develop an idea through authentic expressive movement, and so forth.
  • Rachel B. - Yes. Mentorship is beneficial in every field, I believe, to help those newer in the field learn and grow.
  • Leighann K. - Mentorship is needed in Choreography for the same reason that as humans, we never actually, really, see ourselves, even with the use of mirror. Our understanding of our own work is incomplete without the perception & perspective of another.
  • Sean H. - Mentorship provides another set of eyes, ideas, encouragement, constructive criticism or nudging into new/different directions, etc. Those people for me have asked questions that propel new directions. The entire field benefits, really.
  • Martha H. - In creating and crafting, an outside eye can pose questions or share thoughts that help the Choreographer articulate with greater clarity...with any art, several drafts/edits stand to distill the work. A mentor is a resource to the artist.
  • Molissa F. - Mentorship creates a dialogue in the development and articulation of a choreographer's ideas, their strategies, their structures in the exploration of a unique contribution to the field. Mentorship keeps the field fluid, progressive, moving forward.
  • Marcus H. - Mentorship in absolutely needed for choreographers. None of us are able to create work in a vacuum and having a trusted mentor involved in the act of creation ensures that the best work is being produced by a choreographer.
  • Lauran S. - YES! Currently there is only one program designed for Choreography in Musical Theatre. In reading books and testimonials from working professionals, they credit their professional experiences that led to their success. We can provide more!