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2013年 11月 6日 Can you reveal yourself?

         Hi everyone! It’s Kazu again, your senior advisor.

         Last time I wanted to talk about my teacher, but I just wrote an introduction. Today, I wanna talk about my impressive teacher.

         When I was in Pittsburgh, I majored in dance. My concentration was Jazz dance. I met an impressive teacher in my dance class. She was the head of the Jazz dance faculty. I couldn’t take her classes so much, because I had a different regular Jazz dance teacher. Actually that jazz dance teacher was great, too. However, this time I just want to introduce the head teacher. I’ll share my other jazz dance teacher’s story next time.

         At the beginning of class, there was an orientation meeting held for new students. The new students gathered in one room, and the jazz teachers introduced themselves. I was impressed because the teachers were passionate. At the very end, the faculty head started sharing her story. She has a career in Pittsburgh. She is a teacher at the university, and another institution’s teacher, a choreographer and a director. However, she had a tough time at a younger age. She wasn’t evaluated very high at all, and nobody believed she could get the career, but she never gave up trusting herself. She worked her way from the bottom up to pursue her career. That’s because she just loved to dance. Her love for dance motivated her so much, and the amazing thing is she kept going her own way. At the introduction, she talked about her personal convictions honestly. The people who were in the room shared her feeling. She cried, and her tears were so honest and natural. I just could feel her passion for dance. When I listened to her story, I could trust her from bottom of my heart.

         I had a purpose to find a great teacher in America. When I met this great teacher, I found out what the ideal relationship was. It is so important for me to trust. The teacher led me in an indirect way. Especially, since I was an international student, and I was the only non-native speaker. She cared for me so much, and this meant a lot to me. I could have total freedom in my dance class because I could feel that the teacher protected me.

         My definition for a great teacher has definitely changed since meeting this great teacher.

         This is something I had wanted to tell you!! Thank you so much, and see you very soon!!

 SA Kazumasa Takeda