I like this discussion because I just love having young people in my
classes, but, then, I also love it when we have visitors. My two sons and I
began together here when they were 12 & 15. The class we entered was much
older people, but both boys & I had always enjoyed each others' company, and
each of them has always been very comfortable with all ages. We had also
always enjoyed music in all its phases, as well as dance. In fact, we all
three loved the little old woman in the class who "never got it right", whom
the others in the class expressed private contempt for. But she had
wonderful, intrepid Spirit & Spark. Now, mind, these two boys had/ and
still have oodles of friends of all ages. So, what's my point?
I think the teacher must have a genuine zest for life, for SCD, and warmly
delight in the energy of good kids, but also, the parents must have a
comfort level with their own kids with a shared love of learning, esp. in
the sphere of music/dance... It really troubles me when I see couples
coming to our classes, but never inviting their kids.
I am grateful that both my sons, now 15 years later, still dance
enthusiastically when opportunity arises. Maybe we had unique
circumstances. My current class is ages 15 to 77, but, primarily late 20's.
All just as sweet, with the required warm smile and playful merriment that
makes this all so much fun and what a fine finish to a long work day.
I believe the teacher must be the leader. I'm not convinced that all
teachers genuinely like people, especially young people. Now, isn't that an
Marilynn Latta Knight
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