Photo by Mark DeLong, courtesy of Payne

Herman Payne, a Juilliard graduate with a resumé as diverse as his hometown of Miami, understands and approaches dance in terms of connections. His musical choices and teaching style are fully guided, he says, by how each student decides to relate to the movement and his instruction. So it might come as a surprise that Payne teaches children as young as 8 at the Miami City Ballet School. Says Payne, "When I talk to younger kids, it's more of a one-on-one approach. But I have the same work ethic no matter who I'm teaching, so I'm just as hard on the younger ones."

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