How would you like to improve your dance technique over the summer in one simple step?
Well, there is something you can do outside of class that doesn’t involve wearing dance shoes, listening to music or stretching. It’s something I’ve talked about before.
What is this secret?
You might think, “Ugh. That’s the last think I want to do.” But it really works. And you can bet that the dancers who take notes are going to improve much faster than those who don’t.
And it’s really not that difficult. While you are in class, concentrate on the corrections your instructor gives you, and try to remember what they are. The same goes for an audition. Think about key points for improvement.
Then, as soon as you can, write down your notes.
What did the instructor or choreographer tell you to do?
What corrections do you need to focus on in the future?
What did you notice that other dancers were doing that you can learn from?
There is so much to learn in the art of dance that’s it’s a constant process. And if you don’t write down new things that you learn, it can be easy to forget. If you write notes, you can review them before your next class or audition.
Just try it for a month, and tell me what you think. I know sometimes I’m amazed at things I forget when I’m reviewing my notes. Then, I make the corrections during class, and my dancing improves.
Dance is not just about going to class, stretching and performing. It’s about perfecting your technique regularly and learning from your mistakes… and it’s a never-ending process.
An instructor once told me that it’s not really a mistake if you learn from it… a good thing to remember the next time you are dancing.
Check out more tips to improve your dancing here.