If you want to be a successful dancer, you need to have a great relationship with your dance coach. It’s not only about physical ability, but also a personality that will make dance partnership better and richer.
Below is a list of 5 attributes that no dance coach wants to to see in their students:
It surprises me how often students forget their dance shoes, practice dresses or dance trousers. This shows how much you care about dancing. Be prepared!
If you’re a young dancer, stop relying on your mum to pack your dance shoes. Take responsibility as it’s not rocket science to prepare all your dancing stuff a day before practice or lesson.
“That’s too easy”
Dancing has layers. If your teacher asks you to do forward walks in rumba or slow waltz, there are countless ways to make them better. Even though a step is “basic”, it doesn’t make it easy. Don’t turn around to your teacher half way trough a drill saying it’s too simple. Ask yourself first- am I doing everything my teacher has asked me to from feet, through arms and body to head?
“Sorry to be late”
Of course sometimes it happens, but if it’s a habit, don’t expect your dance teachers to respect your time if you don’t value theirs. In fact, dancers who come 20-30 minutes before their lessons, warm up and practice, grow dramatically in their teachers’ eyes!
“I just want to dance”
Obviously we all want to just dance like stars every minute of every lesson. But to make you a star, you need to spend a lot of time doing technical drills, moving slowly, frequently without any music. Sometimes you may even not take a step during your lesson, but discuss an aspect of your dancing with your coach. In your eyes it may be a waste of time, but in fact, you’re developing!
Work hard and pay attention as the less you talk, the more your teacher can tell you and change you!
“I pay you for it”
Perhaps one of the worst things and very likely the last thing you will ever say to your dance teacher. If you have a coach, they spend a tremendous amount of time on planning your lessons, choreographies and in fact your dance future. In other words, they choose to dedicate their own time, which they will never get back, for you!
If however you feel your teacher is never prepared, lessons don’t follow any plan and you’re not progressing, then just change the teacher. Otherwise, be thankful as you may have got yourself a true coach who cares.
If you haven’t read the post Dance Teacher Or Dance Coach? Role In Your Dancing, make sure you do next as it will give you a much better picture of who you’re working with on your dancing.