I too was an artist in residence for 15 years before becoming a full time
credentialled dance teacher and I have managed to create the excitement
and red carpet treatment everyday of my career..The problem however is
the professional jealously and horrendous political stuff I get to put up
with by being so well accepted by the kids and their parents and of
course we are very visiable by performing a lot...The good news too is
now I usually always have artists-in-redsidence teaching along side me to
help me with the 250 inner city high school kids I teach per day!!!!!!!!
They/we (teaching artists) are jewels...if you know how to work it right
and take full advantage of what they have to give. I also perform and
train regularly still so the students know I "DO It" as well as teach it!