Gregory King has served as a teaching artist in public schools in and around Dallas, as resident guest artist at Temple University, part time faculty at Boston Ballet and Assistant Professor of Dance at Dean College. Recently, Gregory received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success. He was a Visiting Professor of Dance and Consortium on Faculty Diversity Fellow at Swarthmore College where he taught Modern and Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis. He currently is Assistant Professor of Dance at Kent State University.
Teaching is the art through which knowledge is passed on from one generation to the next. It is a direct connection between the past and the future. I embrace teaching as an opportunity to inspire and empower.
I believe that the fundamental goal of teaching is to foster and promote learning. Learning takes place in many contexts. Some students learn best in lecture atmospheres, some are motivated by discussions, some learn best by reading and reflecting while others are kinetic learner. I teach by accommodating these different learning styles. I teach by convincing students that my knowledge and my expertise are my passion. My job as an educator is to create an atmosphere that fosters learning. I am a passionate teacher who guides students through the learning process by demonstrating those feelings to my students. I bring to teaching my wealth of experiences, to enhance students exposure. I encourage learning by creating a relaxed atmosphere, interesting concepts and conversations that makes it easiest to understand the subject being taught. I believe that respect for my students is one of the most important things I can show – not only to encourage their openness to the material being presented but also to inspire them to respect each other and all other humans.
One of the most important information I hope to impart to students is that learning is a process that never ends. The learning process is one that includes improving oneself personally, intellectually, creatively and ultimately professionally. I teach because I believe that I too, have the undiscriminating desire to learn. I experiment with different methods and means of presenting information in order to improve the learning atmosphere I create for students.
When I teach, I provide students with the skills, attitude and knowledge to function within a mainstream culture. My teaching promotes individuality and speaks to the student’s sense of self. In our society, it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs.
I do my best to keep my finger on the pulse of art and in so doing, allow my students the ability to keep up with the appropriateness of now. I think it’s important for students to mature emotionally and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in areas of interest to them.
My experience as a professional dancer makes it crucial for me to pass on my wealth of knowledge. My work onstage has brought me enormous pleasure and great fulfillment. It is a joy to be able to share the wisdom and insight of great dancers and fine teachers with the new generation of young artists. Teaching has taught me to open my mind to the diversity of the world and it is my ability to teach that allows me the great joy of reassuring students of their potentials.