by Hanifa Jackson-Adderly
Part of The Ensemblist's "What I Teach" Series
My teaching journey has always been a stagnant one, being that I was often performing. Balancing my schedule between a dance company and a musical production made it difficult to dive in completely like I envisioned. The last few years I have been doing less on stage performing and more in studio teaching and have a great passion for both. I have had the opportunity to teach different techniques including Ballet, Horton, Contemporary and Barre fitness.
I teach students from outreach programs, local dance studios, competition conventions and major Universities. Every class level will require a different version of you as the head of the class. That to me is one of the most rewarding sides. Getting to relate to different artists at different phases of their dance journey. Passing on the knowledge that I have been afforded, and seeing the appreciation and light when a student is locked in and absorbing it into their bodies.
Nothing makes me more happy and satisfied than leaving class knowing we are now more physical, knowledgeable and inspired than when we started. It’s a beautiful marriage between student, teacher and music.