For 10 years, Paul Taylor Dance Company's Heather McGinley trained intensively in Cecchetti technique with Lisbeth Brown in St. Louis. Brown encouraged her to showcase her strengths.
“She emphasized that the technique was important, but to always keep in mind that it was a vehicle for expression. She always encouraged me to be myself, rather than try to be like any other dancer in the room. The girl next to me might be brilliant at another facet of ballet, but bringing out my best qualities was what was going to make me the best dancer that I could be."