Our scholarships have been awarded to 90 dancers. Meet our scholarship holders who have completed their individual career plans.
In the past, I used to think that the “only” thing I can do is dancing. Now I know that I am capable of doing many things. I work as a dance teacher and create choreographies as this is also part of my curriculum. But I also delve in music – I search for and compose interesting music material, which I edit and mix, in order to get what I want in terms of music for a particular dance piece or choreographic sequence. For many years, making music has been just my hobby, and now it is also part of my work, deeply enriching my teaching.
I have always felt that teaching is my mission and I put a lot of passion and energy into it. I feel that I am in the right place – teaching is my life, just as dancing used to be in the past.
I find it hard to point when exactly my thoughts veered into the area of career transition. Before I made the decision to focus on teaching, I had felt for a long time that teaching and sharing my experience are my mission. My first practical experience in teaching comes from 1998 – and I think that was the very beginning of me seriously considering teaching to become my second career path.
Today, I hold a degree in ballet education studies and I teach contemporary dance in a State Ballet School. I find the work as a teacher deeply fulfilling and stimulating my development on various levels.
I very much appreciate having completed my education studies. Linking work with studies is never easy. It was hard for me to take up studies, but I also knew that the diploma is not my final goal. I wanted to develop my potential and I have completed this task. By completing the ballet education studies I have broadened my professional competence and increased my creative and teaching potential. During my studies, I was able to combine my diverse practice, experience and knowledge in a great way.
I received the offer to work at the State Ballet School just before I graduated from the university studies. It was an invitation to conduct classes for the last grade, including the 9th class with its final exam and a final gala, which meant creating choreography and music for the final show. I knew that I was being thrown in at the deep end but at the same time I felt ready to take the challenge. I had a great desire to teach, support and help the students. I get a lot of satisfaction from the fact that I can accompany young dancers in their development.
It is important to note that the session I had with the work coach proved to be very helpful in my career transition process. We were both looking for various options for the further development of my career. That interview also helped me to understand certain things that were important to me, and it was an important part of the process.
I have this feeling that for me, career transition came naturally. Being a professional dancer was form me the first and very important stage of my professional life. Now, I have opened a new chapter, which is equally important in my life. I have been enjoying both of these stages a lot.
If I were to send my message to dancers considering career transition and to dancers who are at the very beginning of their dance career, I would say: “find different ways of developing your potential, be inspired by learning new things, look for different passions. It is so important to be able to look at yourself, to talk to others, not to lock yourself in your own perspective, go out into the world, find new paths outside of the artistic environment that is familiar to you. You can always find inspiration for further development in different places”.