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Dean Speer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034386

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034386.001.0001

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Gloria Govrin

Gloria Govrin

(p.56) Gloria Govrin
On Technique

Dean Speer

University Press of Florida

This chapter describes the career and teaching philosophy of Gloria Govrin, who has been a soloist with the New York City Ballet and Associate Director of the San Francisco Ballet School. She is now the school director of Minnesota Dance Theatre. Govrin defines technique as positions—trying to do the codified syllabus of ballet as close to perfection as possible. How you approach teaching will affect the result. Govrin says that one can impart technique by asking for it. Teachers underestimate students. They do not keep insisting and going back to make it better. It is always the journey. You can never achieve perfection, but it is the goal. Teachers need to ask for it.

Keywords:   New York City, San Francisco, Minnesota Dance Theatre, ballet dancers, ballet teachers, dancing, teaching technique, ballerinas

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