Everyone makes mistakes. Here are the top mistakes I made as a dancer. These are not in any particular order. Try to avoid them and you will go far.
Going to different teachers thinking that dance politics supersede quality
Very often we hear about having lessons with many teachers especially before competitions, with hope to get “better” results. However, if you’re good enough, you’ll get there so it turns out it’s better to avoid lots of lessons each working on a different topic.
You can read my previous post 10 Rules of Taking Lessons with Guest Teachers
Having a new outfit for every competition
Everyone wants new things at competitions. However, it’s much better to have 1 outfit that makes you look like a million dollar bill and dance in it for a while, rather than 5 that just look cheap or unfinished. If you have an idea for your outfit, maximize it to the fullest so it makes a statement.
Not practicing basics at each practice
Thinking that I don’t fit in on a competition floor
The brain thing! Don’t listen to it- you have as much right being on a dance floor as everybody else!
Not planning each of my practice sessions
What gets planned, gets done. Turning up to practice and winging it, will not get you any good results. If don’t know what you’re working towards, how do you know if you’ve achieved it?
Not reading through all the notes I was making after dance lessons
Watching too much YouTube videos for education rather than inspiration
Videos can be very misleading as you only see a small proportion of what they want you to see. Teaching connection and trying to learn it online so quite hard. Agree?
Not having time for personal life
It’s all about the right balance. If you don’t experience things in personal life, how can you expect to create them on a dance floor? In other words, find time to live your life as it WILL make your dancing better.
Not planning all my competition in advance
If you know what’s coming, you can prepare better.
Not having a coach, but many dance teachers
Someone who can guide you not only through technique, but the whole process of growing as a dancer. Without having a coach who puts everything together with you and for you, you’ll always wonder in the dark and hope for good results.
Not sure about the role of a dance coach? Click HERE.
What are the things that you wish you’d never done in your dancing? Leave a comment below.
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