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!