Do you ever wonder why some people are such good dancers?
Do you ever admire the ease at which another student in your class pulls out a quadruple pirouette?
Well, why many dancers are just born with talent and make dancing look easy, others work hard.
Plus, they have a secret that you may not know about:they listen and apply what they learn.
Sure, this sounds very simple, but are you practicing this activity while dancing?
When an instructor gives you directions, do you listen to what he or she has to say and then use that information immediately? If not, you are missing out on a golden opportunity to become a better dancer!
With this in mind, here are three helpful tips to increase your listening and learning ability:
1. Repeat the Correction.
When an instructor corrects your arm, leg or body placement while dancing, or screams at you while you go across the floor, make a note of this in your mind.
Make the correction, and repeat it to yourself. Try to remember this correction throughout class. And if you’re not sure about the movement, ask your instructor so you know what you are supposed to do with your body.
2. Write it Down.
As soon as you can, write down the correction you received in class. Practice the correct move at home so you remember it. And right before you go to sleep, picture yourself dancing the movement correctly without a problem. You’ll be surprised at how much your remember in the morning.
3. Do It!
When you go back to the studio, try to get there early and review your corrections in front of the mirror. Then, when class starts, it will be fresh in your mind. Over time, your body will go into “muscle memory”and automatically go to the right place for a particular dance move.
Become a Better Dancer Fast!
Repeat this process for every class you take, and you’ll be amazed at how much your dancing improves. After all, if you are making the same mistakes over and over without corrections, you will not get any better. Plus, your instructor may stop giving you corrections if she or he doesn’t think you are listening or using the information!
By applying this simple secret to your dancing, you won’t need to wonder why others are improving rapidly and you’re not.
Now, you have the ammunition you need to “kill it”in class and become the dancer you want to be:so practice. take instruction to heart, and go for it!