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Remember every correction is a gift

Your teacher is taking time to work with you because they believe you can improve and grow!

  • If you struggle to understand a correction, speak with your teacher after class. Ask for clarification so you can work the correction and use it in all your classes. Sometimes another teacher may say it a different way or give you a different point of view.
  • If you understand the correction, yet your body can’t do it yet, be patient: all takes time and perseverance. Sometimes a teacher can offer you additional exercises or stretches to do on your own. Practicing at home may help you improve faster.
  • Once you understand a correction and can do it, yet not consistently, do not get frustrated. Understand change takes time and consistent practice. I recommend the following to assist you:
    • Write your corrections in a notebook and how it feels as you work the correction in your body. Review those corrections before your next class.
    • Try to work on your corrections during each class. Corrections are weakness that we all must overcome! When you are going through a growth spurt or are tired is when we must tend to them more.
    • Pick one correction to work on for the entire barre. Then apply it during your center work. Your focus and work will pay off in time!
      • For instance, you may work on your body placement. At the start of each exercise, make your placement a priority. Then at the end of the exercise, get the best placement you possibly can.
      • Gradually the better placement from the beginning of the exercise will last a little longer and a little longer. Again, be patient!
    • Pretend your favorite or most demanding teacher is standing next to you while you are dancing. Remember they care about you achieving your best!
    • It is important you take a correction with a good attitude. Sometimes it is difficult to have your teacher tell you that you need to fix something. Don’t let your disappointment show! Making a face and rolling your eyes tells your teacher that you don’t want or appreciate help.

Some teachers have a difficult time pinpointing what is wrong, but they are still seeing SOMETHING; it is like putting a puzzle together. Try to look at things through your teacher’s eyes, you might be able to give yourself the correction.

A teacher’s job is to help you become a better dancer. If you take corrections well, your teacher will feel like she is helping you be a better dancer and you are giving your teacher a gift in return. She or he will want to help you more and more. A student who takes corrections well is gratifying to teachers.

Always smile and thank your teacher for your correction. Then go for it! The more you are able apply your corrections, the more your dancing will improve. This is priceless. This is our own reward and a wonderful achievement!


7 Valuable Life Lessons You Learn From Dancing

Photo-dancers forming heart shapeThe dance studio can become a second home, a part of your heart. Through all the shows including the open houses, outreaches at area schools, costumes, make-up, hairspray, injuries and friendships both on and off the stage you can learn things about yourself and about life.

Some of these lessons will help you in the future.

  1. You will learn the importance of hard work and dedication. To be completely dedicated to something will including no “skipping” classes or rehearsals to hang out with your friends, or to go to that party — dance can come first, and you will still have time with your friends after class or rehearsals.
  2. You will push your limits. Your teachers will never want to see you fail. They will challenge you to go where you do not realize you can go, to achieve that which you cannot imagine. When you fall, we will pick you up. When you make a mistake, we will help you figure out how to get better. Falling is a part of life as well as getting back up to move forward.
  3. You will understand the importance of perseverance and discipline. For instance, you may not have the perfect feet (neither did I), but we will guide you to have the opportunity to study pointe if that is your desire. If you have a dream you will work daily with all your teachers to be the best dancer. You can achieve your fullest potential.
  4. You will understand humility. To be humble and gracious after wins and applaud all of those around you for their willingness to try. You will understand that the only person you should compete with is yourself and to strive to overcome obstacles and continue to grow. You will begin to know that what truly matters is performing to your personal best every day.
  5. You can learn from others around you. You will understand how to look to others for inspiration and insight without begrudging what appears to be easy for them. Willingness to see how others can help us through life is part of the challenge.
  6. You will appreciate the importance of teamwork. Everyone one needs to be giving their all every time or else the entire ensemble suffers. To think about others and not just yourself all the time will carry you far and open many friendships.
  7. You will find how amazing life can be due to your passion. Love what you do, and that passion will motivate you to push forward when it becomes difficult. You can preserve!

Dance can be a passion, hobby, and sport. It can be a part of your heart and soul, a need like water to drink and air to breath. You will have a family of friends throughout your life like yourself who will eat, drink, sleep, and breathe dance.


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