My mom & I read an article really from a graduation. Famous ballet dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov, was the speaker. And here are a couple of clips of what he said from @pointemagazineofficial....
"After promising not to talk politics, he said he would go "180 degrees in the opposite direction" by talking about generosity.
Appropriately, he started with the ceremony's most obvious example: the woman who made USC's dance program possible—Glorya Kaufman, arts patron extraordinaire.
But he went on to explain that generosity is about a lot more than donating money. It's also about:
Sharing. He thanked his mother for opening his eyes to dance.
Teaching. He thanked his teachers who shaped him.
Artistic collaboration. "To collaborate is to be generous with your time, your body, your soul. It's always a two-way street—you give, you get."
Allowing yourself to take risks. "As young creative artists, and really as human beings, you have to be open to failure," he said. "Failure is a part of learning.... As a very old dancer, I have had many, many opportunities to fail. It happens. Projects collapse, knees blow out, money dries up. But you as artists, and as young people discovering what you care about, you must be generous to that spark inside yourself that made you love dance in the first place."
But he's realistic. He knows that dancers can have a hard time being generous with themselves.
" 'My jump is not high enough, my turns aren't perfect, I can't get my leg behind my ear.' Please don't do that. Sometimes there's an obsession with technique that can kill your best impulses. But communicating with an art form means being vulnerable. Being imperfect. And most of the time this is much more interesting. Trust me."
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