From a Dancer's Perspective

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From a Dancer's Perspective


Collins, Karyn D., Dance Teacher


Sandra Brown began coaching the principal dancers of Colorado Ballet when her husband, Gil Boggs, took over as artistic director.

When Sandra Brown steps into a rehearsal studio to work with one of Colorado Ballet's soloists or principal dancers, she considers her days as a dancer during almost 16 years with American Ballet Theatre. "I remember how important it was to get feedback. You're performing night after night in several different roles at a time and sometimes you're not sure anyone is really watching you from management," Brown says. "It has stuck with me how important it is to give the dancers feedback after they've performed something you've worked on and to do it right away, either after the show or the next day."

And, Brown adds, that feedback must be honest. "My approach is to talk with them honestly because I always appreciated that," she says. "I talk to the dancers about what was good, what they could have done better. …

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