When you take your dance classes, how do you feel?
You are very serious and focused.
Any day you can dance is a good day.
- Sore and Tired?
You’ve been working hard all week, and you just don’t feel like moving.
Well, no matter how you feel, it’s important to maintain a positive attitude in class for many reasons.
1. You’ll dance better.
When you feel positive, you hold yourself up and avoid slouching. Since you need to be “pulled up”in dance class, this can come in handy. If you are feeling down or tired, try to focus on your moves and think good thoughts.
Many times, when I’m sore and cranky, I think how lucky I am to be able to go to a dance class. Â After all, think about all the people out there who wish they could attend a dance class, or even move their arms and legs:. so when you don’t feel like dancing, keep this in mind. And be thankful that you have the opportunity to dance!
2. You can get support from your peers.
Recently, I took a class, and we were divided into groups to do the routine since the room was packed. Well, after the first group went, I clapped and showed my support. Many other dancers clapped as well, but there were others who didn’t feel the need to show any kind of reaction.
What’s going on? Remember. This is dance. It’s supposed to be fun! And don’t you want other people to support you when you are dancing?
Now, I know it’s not appropriate to clap for others in many classes. But in most classes here in L.A., that’s what you do. Dancers work hard, and we can use all the support we can get. Plus:
3. You’ll have more energy.
When you have a positive attitude, this will come across in your dancing. You’ll be more likely to hold your body up in the right position and dance with more confidence. This will give you more energy and allow you to perform better in class.
But if you concentrate on your aches and pains, your terrible day at school, your broken heart or non-existent love life, etc. you’ll waste time and won’t get anything out of class.
And why would you take the trouble to go to class if you’re not going to get anything out of it?
Now, I know it can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude all the time. The dance world is difficult, and you may be surrounded by negative, competitive people. But it’s up to you to control your thoughts, and put aside your problems until after class.
And by taking class and concentrating on your training, you’ll actually forget your problems for a while. And when class is over, your day won’t seem so bad after all. Remember, you’re dancing for a reason…
Why not make it a positive one?Â