What is your philosophy in life?
Progression is more constructive than perfection. Throughout my younger years, I was always taught from many individuals that perfection was key. It wasn’t until later in my life and after many tribulations with my teaching practices that I found that progression was way more constructive. I am a firm believer that we should not have limits, we should not have an end game, that we should keep on raising the bar for ourselves. Progression is the constant walk up the mountain, its the continuous battle, the never-ending journey to seeing our potential. The instructors of the Quad Cities Ballet Folkorico (QCBF) and myself try to encourage this method of thought in order to encourage them to reach for the sky, to find comfort in the impossible, and to never say I CAN’T.
Humans of the Quad Cities features QCBF Director, Ray Terronez Jr.
Head over to @humansofthequadcities on Instagram to check out the other features but don't forget to follow them. You can also send a message if you know someone that would be a good feature for their account. Much appreciation to Maggie Rechkemmer from Iron & Lace Photography for the opportunity.
May 15th 2018 - Humans of the Quad Cities is an account on Instagram that is managed by Maggie Rechkemmer from Iron & Lace Photography based out of Davenport, IA. It is a fairly new project for Mrs. Rechkemmer but proves to be gaining more potential as evident of the "likes" on her posts. Their first feature was Chelsea Dubczak, who is the current Miss Iowa. They have also highlighted a firefighter who served in our Armed Forces and a very artistic 11 year old.
The QCBF Director, Ray Terronez Jr. was thrilled when he was nominated to be an adjoining feature with the other amazing, talented Quad Citizens.
Mrs. Rechkemmer was welcomed into the QCBF Studio, where she took a few pictures that would go along with a couple of questions that were previously sent to Mr. Terronez. The following are the questions and responses...
What single event has had the biggest impact on who you are?
Mother knows best. I was 7 years old when my mother forced me to dance and join the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico (QCBF). My older sister was already in the group and my mother consistently saw the value of Mexican tradition and culture as well as the importance to carry it on. The importance was absolutely illustrated by the QCBF Founder and my teacher, Arnulfo Camarillo, who started the group in 1984. Despite my tears and tantrums, she persuaded me into the classroom by promising me a toy afterwards. I arranged quite the collection of Trolls my first couple of months, before I started to enjoy my newly found hobby that would eventually turn into my passion. Throughout the years, I was given the opportunity to perform at various festivals throughout the Midwest as well as events in Arizona, Indiana, California, and Texas. The urge to learn and perform gradually transitioned into my passion to instruct. I was fortunate to be given the position of Director and Lead Instructor in 2008, which led to teaching many students including my younger sister, cousins, nieces/nephews, and other talented students. This eventually fire started many aspirational goals that became milestones for the QCBF. We were able to establish our very first dance studio, formulate our very first competition team, create a mentor program, initiate an educational program, and reach a peak number of 117 students. All of this recent success for the QCBF came from a culmination of many dedicated individuals but was aided by the unwavering stubbornness of one determined women, my mother. Mother knows best.