While teaching tonight I witnessed the power of saying "no". I've noticed it before but have never tried to articulate the thoughts. As a dancer I always think in very abstract, fractured thoughts, weaving together bits and pieces that seem to go together to affect an atmosphere or emotion. Back to the point, saying "no" to a dancer with genuine love and care for their growth can be the quickest way to encourage them. I saw them stop, listen, humble themselves, try again having really listened to me and arrive at that beautiful place of vulnerability where an artist is strongest. In that state of vulnerability we artists are afraid, and comfortable. Giving and a bit reticent. It's so crazy but makes us prepared for anything....or something like this. Can anyone put this in a better way?