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"It is valuable to have a passionate group of teachers come together. With a topic to focus on, everyone contributes and offers something unique."

-Talar Margarosyan



 

With the Ideas Exchange summer program for dance teachers rapidly approaching, it’s time to Exchange Ideas with our incredible faculty. Learn more about the professional teachers and faculty you will be learning from this summer. To register for the Ideas Exchange, click here.
This week’s feature focuses on Talar Margarosyan.
 
Position: Artistic teacher at Canada’s National Ballet School, currently teaching ballet in the Professional Ballet Program, the Associates Program and the Teacher Training Program.
Number of years teaching: 5 years of teaching in Istanbul, 13 years at NBS.
Dance Background: I began my training in Istanbul, in a recreational school. I then moved on to a more intense dance training program, and finally completed the University of Istanbul's Professional Ballet Program with a Master's Degree. In 1998 I moved to Canada and in 1999 entered the Teacher Training Program at NBS. I graduated from the program in 2002 and joined the NBS Artistic Staff the following year.
Favourite exercise to teach: Adage. I love how it promotes a very artistic component of dancing.
Strengths as a dance teacher: Creating good rapport with students.
Something unique you bring to this program: Continuously brainstorming ways to improve the development of Port de Bras.
Something we may not know about you: I can speak three languages; Armenian, Turkish and English. And I have a fun accent.
Someone who influenced you growing up: Natalia Makarova
Describe your dance classes in three words: Physical. Artistic. Self-Exploration.
Favourite aspect about being a teacher: Helping individuals in different ways. Everyone requires different approaches to learning. Teaching is constantly moving and organic, which keeps things interesting.
Most memorable moment(s) as a dance teacher: Seeing students overcome challenges.
Favourite part about the Ideas Exchange program: It is valuable to have a passionate group of teachers come together. With a topic to focus on, everyone contributes and offers something unique. This helps develop my skills as well.
 
To experience the Ideas Exchange program with Talar,  you can register here.
More faculty features to be released soon.