Inspiring individuality – looking back at Daria Klimentová’s nine years of teaching
We bid a fond farewell to our 2nd Year Ballet Teacher Daria Klimentová at the end of this summer term. After nine years of teaching at the School, Daria is now moving on to explore new opportunities, including focusing on her successful International Ballet Masterclasses in Prague.
Before departing, Daria spoke to us about her time at the School and reflected on her experience as a teacher.
Daria joined us as a teacher in September 2014 following her extensive ballet career in which she danced with several acclaimed companies such as the English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Cape Town City Ballet and the National Theatre Ballet in Prague.
When thinking back to her first ballet class at the School, Daria told us about how daunting it was for her and how she initially struggled:
My first class was absolutely horrific. I could see these 15 beautiful girls with big eyes looking at me: okay, so, tell us something! I had no idea.
Since the start of her teaching career, Daria has made a lasting impression on our students. She has been a nurturing and supportive mentor to hundreds of young dancers, generously imparting her knowledge and expertise. Through her tailored approach to teaching, Daria has inspired her students to embrace their individuality:
I’m always trying to get the best out of them with positive thoughts and atmosphere. It’s very difficult because you have to have a different approach for each student; everyone’s different, everyone’s taking a different way. That’s very much interesting for me.
We asked Daria to tell us about her favourite aspect of teaching:
I think for me the biggest highlight is when you are working for something and then you see the students actually looking gorgeous. That’s the best thing.
Hear more from Daria about her time at the School:
We are all incredibly thankful to Daria for all the incredible work she has accomplished during her time at the School and wish her the very best in her future.