1986 Miss Gillian ends 30 years as Boynton dance instructor

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' "' ' 5 S jaW- jaW- - ' . , W 1 -"v:,"-4' -"v:,"-4' -"v:,"-4' -"v:,"-4' u - i. TOM ERVIN Staff Photographer Miss Gillian goes through paces in studio Goodbye Miss Gillian After three decades of teaching ballet in Boynton Beach, instructor is taking a spin at something new. By Judi Grove Staff Writer The door knocker is a G-clef. G-clef. G-clef. So are Miss Gillian's gold earrings. earrings. And the wedding rings that she and her husband Richard Richard Davis wear are decorated with delicate G-clef G-clef G-clef s. ' It will come as no surprise then that Miss Gillian and Mr. Davis are musically inclined. She is a dance teacher and composer. composer. He is a musicologist. They met when he came to Florida on assignment. But that's only a fraction of the story. Miss Gillian, so known all her professional life by the thousands thousands of students who have passed through the portals of her Boynton Beach dance studio over the past three decades, is retiring. Or, maybe not. Evolving Evolving might be a more accurate word. She wouldn't dream of giving up teaching. But she did sell her studio recently and will make some alterations in her professional professional life to accommodate her marriage, which is just three years old. Her personal life, which now includes homes on two continents, continents, is too time consuming to allow her to keep up teaching ballet classes all day every day. Her international lifestyle often takes her across the ocean for months at a time. She and her husband share a conventional home in Boynton Beach, but their home in England is a centuries-old centuries-old centuries-old centuries-old farm complex, with the living quarters in two enormous enormous oast towers where hops were cured when the property was a working farm. The couple couple travel back and forth between between homes regularly. "It may seem to be a terribly extravagant lifestyle, but it didn't seem fair to ask my husband husband to give up what he's been doing and come here, and it didn't seem fair to ask me to give up my work and go there. So we have arranged a very nice compromise. "I would like to remain involved. involved. I play piano for classes and recitals. I still teach master master (highly advanced) classes here, and I have master classes in England. When I'm not there, they carry on without me. And I teach at various boarding schools there. I still go to class just about every day. When you've done it as long as I have, you can't just give it up like that. "I'm also writing a book on teaching," she says, and adds that she has no idea when it will be ready for publication. "The gestation period . . . it's really an ongoing thing. You just have to keep working on it until you get it just exactly the-way the-way the-way you want to say it. The thing is there are a lot of books on teaching students who want to be professional, but there aren't any books on teaching students who come only once a week. If you're teaching students who aren't going to make a career of it, there's an entirely different different way of going about it. It's quite a different psychology." Miss Gillian came to Florida from England 30 years ago. In that time, she has trained young and old, rich and poor, female and male. She is not a frustrated frustrated danseuse. Her training was always geared toward education education rather than performance. Some of the students, those who come for the grueling classes every day, have an eye toward a professional career, either on the stage or in the studio. Others come once or twice a week for the physical training, the discipline, the grace and the sheer joy of the dance. They range in age from 2 Vz years up. Some of them are Turn to DANCE, C2

Clipped from The Palm Beach Post15 Apr 1986, TuePage 21

The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Florida)15 Apr 1986, TuePage 21
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