Dancers & Teachers in Transition

The longer I am working in the dance scene the more often the subject of transition passes by. Why is that the case and what does this situation tell me about my own perspective and perception?


Teaching and performing for more than 33 years now, I am currently more and more often poked by questions via social media and personal interviews about how I perceive my age, my dance style in comparison to younger dancers. Further more, questions such as "Should I stop dancing on stages?", "Do I still have to offer something to the audience?", "Why should people want me as an `aged´ dancer to perform for them?", and many more questions leading into this direction.


At this point, I am not diving deeper into the very complicated subject of age and expressions such as "aged dancer" or "older dancer". Remember: "Retirements" of stage performers in some dance arts start already at the age of 30 or even earlier. I mean... hello? Can you please briefly think about this incredibly inappropriate word "retirement" in terms of such a young age! The fact that, with starting dance, you will hear that you have to "retire" early is even more inappropriate. This suggestive statement already solidifies the fear of the supposedly early end of a dance career, not even giving a chance to think of what else could be possible after the highly active performance or teaching phase in one's career.


What does social media do to us `aged´ dancers?


Trying to analyse the basic question behind all these earlier mentioned and quite suggestive questions, I figured out that uncertainty of the inquirer and the search for idol-ship of the latter is mostly the background of these questions.