Inspired learning starts with a question. “Do you want to know something that you didn’t know, that you didn’t know?” Those were the words asked of me by my former student, Daniel now a gifted healer. He played the part of a young fishing boy in a show that I created called, “Earthkalah”. I was inspired to write this story during the spring of 1988 after spending the weekend with Shirley Maclaine. Spending time with this dynamic personality was a once in a lifetime experience.
I met Daniel again, many years later during one of the most challenging times of my life. This is when he posed the question and I answered with a child’s enthusiasm, “Yes, Yes!” That day my former student became my teacher.
As a teacher of ballet and musical theatre over these past 38 years I have had the privilege of watching my students “grow up” into incredible adults… and I can tell you that it’s just about the best career that could have ever chosen me.
The performing arts has kept me on the path of perpetual inspired learning for which I am very grateful. Inspired learning is the focus of what we offer here at Scripps Performing Arts Academy. Especially relevant is how inspired learning begins with a commitment to know thyself. After 38 years, the best place I know how to explore this kind of unlimited potential is in the ballet class.
I am often asked, why a ballet class? Because ballet allows the student to integrate the mind, and the physical body while developing emotional intelligence. Furthermore, all that collaboration allows every cell of the human body to resonate with classical music ranging from Tchaikovsky to Stravinsky! Perhaps one of the best unknown ways to support the immune system.
I invite you to register today and support your child to continue a lifetime of inspired learning. And perhaps like me, we can all learn something we didn’t know, that we didn’t know… together!