I wish teachers/choreographers these days would think about who they are trying to inspire. Grinding on the floor, cool outfits and hot tracks will earn you immediate gratification always. That's never going to change. You will get what you want: To delight in people talking about how great you are, and people saying they are inspired by you. But is that really inspiration?

It's not always the people around you or even the people your age who need inspiration and I urge you to think about this. Of course everyone talks about the kids being the future. Inspire them. Give them an imagination and tools to become successful. Teach them how to create and be confident when they do so. Show them what's really important and give them a part of yourself that is worth looking up to. This should be very obvious.  

But the people I urge you to aim to inspire are those who are a little older. The people who have forgotten the magic in the world and who have been stripped of their creativity by the everyday 9 to 5. They are the parents of the new generation. The ones that will raise their kids to think the only way to succeed in this world is to get a job and make money. PLEASE inspire these people. Show them that creativity and dance isn't just "cool". It is something that simply makes people better human beings. Show them that you can be successful and retain your integrity. Show them dance is about more than sexy clothes and good lighting. Show them that dance is more than dance moves: It's a life worth living. Inspire them so when their own child says, "Mom, I want to be an artist when I grow up," or "Dad, I don't want to go to college because I want to pursue dancing," thoughts of failure aren't the first thing that come screaming into their heads. Give this new generation of adults who will raise the next generation of dancers, choreographers and artists a reason to trust their own children again.

When you aim to inspire, really think about what it means to do so. It's a heavy responsibility, but it doesn't have to be a difficult one. Keep reaching to be better.

Love, Kyle