For 2017 we kick off the Teacher Spotlight with the one and only Ann-Marie Carlomango. Learn more about this lovely lady here!
1. What was your favorite moment in your personal dance career?
I have so many favorite moments but I guess if I had to choose one it would be when I was first asked to judge a dance competition and teach master classes at the same event. I thought, “wow, this is pretty exciting to be recognized in this way!” It was an honor. I am happy to say that I continue to judge and teach master classes throughout the USA.
2. How long have you been teaching at CKDC?
Let’s just say I have been teaching 30+ years! But this is actually my 35th year!
3. What do you love about teaching at CKDC?
What I like about teaching at the CKDC is that the teachers all come together to provide the best training and experience that the student can have. We all work together to inspire and promote a friendly and positive environment. #ckdcfamily
4. Can you share positive advice for dancers?
The lessons the students are learning are not just related to dance class. They are life lessons that they will carry with them forever. Dedication, determination, self discipline and effort are all characteristics that they will need to be successful in life. I tell my students to always follow their dreams and to NEVER give up….remember why you started in the first place. If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen! Believe in yourself because I believe in you!
5. Who was your inspiration growing up as a dancer?
I had two people that I looked up to with the utmost respect. One was Sherry Gold, who was an amazing choreographer/teacher who inspired me to push myself and my creativity to the limit. The second was Gus Giordano, a world-renowned teacher of American jazz. I studied with him for several years, learning the Giordano Technique that I now implement on my students.
6. What is your favorite dance quote?
My favorite quote comes from Martha Graham: “Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.” To me, passion always shines through first!