While studying I was introduced to the Laurel Martyn Dance System, and Laurel Martyn herself became a Mentor and a major influence in my life. Laurel believed in asking lots of questions and understanding the purpose of the content we teach in class. Her favourite question was:
“what is the purpose of the exercise?”
and that question gives you insight into what you want the students to achieve (which is not always technique), it could be musicality, rhythm, co-ordination, or spatial awareness. Therefore at times, things may look “messy”, but we are not about perfection, we are about learning and developing the whole dancer.