Two weeks ago Julian had the opportunity to take a three hour master class with Desmond Richardson of Complexions. He was upset because he didn’t get a chance to thank him properly. The class ended late, and we were in a hurry to leave for an information session at Alvin Ailey/Fordham University. He gave Richardson just a passing, “Thank you.”
When we could discover no email address for Richardson on the Complexions’ website, I emailed the dance studio asking if there was a way to obtain an email address. They asked Complexions, and we were given one. Julian sent a very nice note with his headshot attached so Richardson would remember who he was thanking him for the great corrections he offered and the chance to work with him.
Several days later, he received a personal note from Richardson telling him his “talent and professionalism” were appreciated. Not only that, Richardson suggested he take a two-hour class offered for three weeks as part of Complexions’ summer intensive. We were floored to discover that he had recommended Julian take the 18+ professional division class! This class is reserved for professionals who get in only with a professional recommendation. As you can imagine, we are trying to find a way for him to at least take part of the class–maybe 2-3 days a week–on top of what he is doing at ABT during that summer intensive.
I tell you this not to brag. I tell you this because of the lesson learned. A thank you note sent to those teachers, choreographers, company artistic directors, etc., that you or your son gets to meet or work with can go a long way. In fact, you never know where such a note might lead. Julian will never again NOT send a thank you note even if he has had the chance to personally thank a teacher. I suggest all dancin’ boys do the same.