I interviewed someone who I really look up to and someday might consider doing what she’s doing in the future. Her name is Chelsea Henderson and she is my dance teacher the interview questions are down below
1.Why are you passionate about your job?
My favourite part of being a teacher is being able to share my passion for dance with my students. I love watching them grow into strong dancers and amazing people, and it is a very special chance to leave a lasting impact on someone’s life. Some of my favourite memories are from my years spent as a dancer, and love that I get to create even more memories with my students.
2.What obstacles have you faced to get where you are today?
A major obstacle that I have faced was learning to trust in the fact that my choreography is “good enough”. Every year I find I am faced with choreographing different styles of dance for classes that are different sizes/ages/abilities and took quite a while for me to find confidence in my own style as a choreographer and the quality of the content that I was putting on stage.
3.What advice would you pass on to someone interested in what you’re doing?
My advice to anyone who is considering teaching as a career is to be prepared to dedicate a large amount of time to it. While most people’s work day ends when they leave the office, there is a lot that goes into teaching than the actual hours spent in class. Cutting music, setting choreography, planning classes, and attending performances/competitions are all things that are mandatory but not accounted for in the actual hours you work. It is a very rewarding job, however it is a very large commitment and can be quite time consuming.
4.Would you be open to further contact with riverside students to ask about your job?
5.When did you decide that you wanted to be a dance instructor?
I have always known that I love working with children and am passionate about helping others, but didn’t start seriously considering teaching until I was 17. I was asked to sub a few classes, and found myself really enjoying my time in the classroom and decided to pursue a teaching position. At the time, I was working towards pursuing my career as a professional dancer, however found that I was much more passionate about teaching dance than I was actually interested in dancing myself, so decided to focus all of my energy on teaching full time.
6.If you could change anything about your job what would you change and why?
While I love having a job that keeps me up and active, I have found over the years that teaching can take quite the toll on the body. It’s a scary thought to realize that if I were to injure myself severely enough, I would not be able to work. Besides the usual aches and pains any dancer is bound to have, the constant cycle of warming, cooling down, and then having to demonstrate a step for your students can be very hard on the body. If I could change the risk of injury without sacrificing my ability to show my students what I want and dance while I teach, I definitely would – however, realistically that’s not something that is possible.