I have to be straightforward- I cannot stand it when a dancer “cheats a move” to create an artificial illusion of more advanced technique (which trained eyes can spot from a mile away). And, perhaps, the execution of the cheat does not bother me quite as much as the decision to allow it.

As educators, we must be committed and vigilant to proper technique- even if it means a lower leg or fewer turns until the body is properly prepared and readily and consistently able to advance to more challenging skills.

Training takes time. And patience. The short-term reward of a cheated move is detrimental to the long-term success of a dancer.

Share it with your students, and be steadfast. After all, slow and steady wins the race.

slow and steady