I spend a lot of my professional life teaching adult beginners. During my years of serious training, I had two main teachers and most of my readers know who they were: Luigi and Gabriella Taub Darvash. I am very fortunate in that I never had a teacher who did anything to hinder my training; I never had a bad teacher. But these two “main teachers” had very different teaching styles: one corrected relentlessly, one never corrected. One lavished compliments, the other almost never complimemted-only criticized. But the one thing that they had in common, and that I am so very grateful for, is that neither ever dismissed me as “just an adult beginner”. These two very famous teachers took me on as an adult beginner, and guided me into a career in dance (something that I, myself, didn’t think was possible). I will forever be in their debt, and I will NEVER dismiss a student as not being worth my time and attention, for any reason. This past week was Luigi’s birthday; the brilliant Luigi, who recovered from a devastating and paralyzing car accident and used that recovery to forever change the way dancers are trained. Every day I bring him into the studio with me. Every day I hear his words in my head: “Dance from the inside, feel first-then do, dance the sound…and of course NEVER STOP MOVING”. I will never forget the day he whispered in my ear during class “It isn’t too late for you”. That day changed my life forever. And as each new adult beginner walks into my classroom I remind myself that there are two kinds of dancers: those who ARE, and those who ARE NOT. It has nothing to do with age, or body type or ability, or disability for that matter. We as teachers can not MAKE a dancer- dancers are BORN. We can only show them the way. I am so fortunate that these two teachers opened that door for me and showed me the way. I only hope that I can guide my adult beginners into their dancing futures, what ever that future may hold.