Improvisation and calm in the face of last-minute schedule changes are valuable tools when touring! BDC’s teaching artists suspend judgment and usually offer more, not less, when on tour. The value of such an attitude was made clear when three of us hustled off to Petach Tikva, outside Tel Aviv, to teach back-to-back master classes. Our hearts warmed at the talent and high technical level of these teenagers whose passion for dance was immediately evident.
Sean Scantlebury taught two hip-hop classes and John Byrne taught two modern classes, with the same students, divided into two groups of 25, switching places so that each one was able to take each type of class. The energy was palpable and the level of skill and diligence were immediately apparent. We enjoyed meeting Sarit and Sasi Avizoor, proprietors of the studio and talked about cooperation in the future.