Passion for Dance Podcast - Ep. 128 - Legacy

Ep. 128 – Legacy

Episode 128: My Top Lesson from Hamilton: Plant the Seeds of Your Legacy


Good leaders think about the legacy they want to leave behind, even if they are years away from leaving the helm of the ship. I had the extreme pleasure of watching the national tour of Hamilton when it first came to town, and I left the show inspired and thinking about legacy. How do you build a legacy that you're proud of? What does that even mean?

One of the parts that stuck with me was Alexander’s speech about his legacy: “Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see. I wrote some notes at the beginning of a song someone will sing for me. America, you great unfinished symphony, you sent for me. You let me make a difference.”

Today’s episode is a stream-of-consciousness episode where I was inspired to share my thoughts around tradition and legacy as dance teachers and coaches. We’ll discuss creating a legacy in the professional dance team world, the mantra of “tradition never graduates,” and I’ll share how I’ve developed my own legacy as a teacher and coach. Here are my thoughts on building our own legacies because a teacher’s impact lasts long after we’ve left the classroom.

“I hope the team legacy was clear to my athletes, and when I’m being real about my own reflection, I wasn’t good at creating it intentionally until just the last few years. But it was better late than never. I hope the current team and coaches just build on that legacy and make it their own. I’m proud that I planted seeds of passion and work ethic in my dancers that have grown up now, even though I may never get to see the results. But I’m okay with that. I don't need to see the end to know that the team legacy I built mattered to someone.”

– Dr Chelsea

Key Highlights –

  • [1m 51s] – Building Legacy
  • [4m 03s] – Legacy in Competitive Dance Team World
  • [5m 07s] – The Legacy of My Team
  • [6m 59s] – “Tradition Never Graduates”
  • [8m 03s] – What is Your Legacy?

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