How to Become a Successful Dancer

3 Key Tips for Outside of the Dance Studio

How do you become a successful dancer?

A dance teacher can help you become a better dancer

Well, a friend of mine was telling me that she wanted to be a Rockette and that she was going to the camp this summer in New York City. When I asked her what else she was going to do to move towards her dance career, she wasn’t’ sure.

Does this sound familiar?

Well, the dance world is highly competitive so what do you need to know to become successful?

Of course, you need to train in various forms of dance and work on perfecting your technique EVERY DAY. You can bet that your future competition is in the studio practicing for hours. And while your training is key, there are also some key things you need to have in order to reach your dance goals…

3 Key Things You Need to Be a Successful Dancer (Outside of the dance studio)

 

1. Have a good work ethic.

 

How often do you think about your dance training and technique? While you may work hard at the studio on your technique, you also need to work hard at the other things in life that will make your dance training possible.

For example, how are you going to pay for your food, housing and classes in the future?

You need to do well in school and be able to get some kind of job that will pay for your “necessities” until you have some dance paychecks coming in. Work hard at school so you can find work after you graduate. Then, work on various skills pertinent to your job (social media, technology, administrative, telephone, customer service, etc.) so that you can get the highest pay possible.

In life and the dance world, you need to work hard and do the best at whatever you spend your time doing.

2. Stay healthy and fit.

While you may see your dance career as being off in the future, what would happen if you got the chance of a lifetime now to dance? Are you ready? How does your body look? Are you in good, physical condition to handle long rehearsals, performances and more?

If you want to be a successful dancer, start working on your physical condition now. You want to be at the right weight for your body type and develop your stamina and strength. This way, you will be ready for any auditions that come your way. Plus, you will be able to practice longer and harder to improve your technique!

3. Be positive.

If you look at the negative side of things and have a tendency to be jealous of others, it’s time to turn things around. The dance world is highly competitive and unpredictable so it’s important to be able to keep a positive attitude when things get tough. Also, your attitude shines through at auditions and can give you a competitive edge.

To be more positive, work on your dance technique and body so that you can be the best you can be. These goals will help you focus so you have less time to think about how others are “better than you.”

It can also help to get a supportive group of friends and family members together to help you feel better about what you are doing. And try not to be too hard on yourself. Remember, you are very lucky to be able to dance and should always be thankful for this gift.

Work on your Dance Training and More.

Being a successful dancer takes much more than talent. You need to work hard at all aspects of your life. This includes staying in the best, physical and mental condition possible. This way, you will be able to focus on your craft and be the best dancer possible. Plus, your positive attitude will help you through the rough times, help you win more auditions and make you a better person overall!

Now, what are you going to do today to start making your dance dreams a reality?

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Don’t Let Being a Great Dancer Go to Your Head!

How is your dance training going so far this year?

Well, I have an interesting story to tell you.

A few days ago, I was in a basic ballet class working on my technique. Since I had quite a bit more experience that many of the other dancers in class, I ended up being in the front most of the time.

At one point, we were doing a very simple step across-the-floor. When I finished, one of the other dancers (who was a real beginner) came up to me and said:

“You were using this foot instead of the other one. We were supposed to use this foot.”

I was a little surprised at first, apologized and said I was concentrating on getting my foot into first position as the instructor told us to do. (Actually, I was doing the step correctly and was just trying to be nice.)

I didn’t really think anything of it. But then the instructor came over to us and said,

“Well, Melanie, you dance professionally, don’t you?”

I said, “Yes.”

Then, the instructor told the other dancer that many dancers do steps differently.

Basically, in the nicest way possible, she let the other dancer know that she shouldn’t give corrections, and I knew what I was doing!

At that point, I realized that the instructor was sticking up for me, and she wasn’t going to have any negativity in class.

I have to say…

It was awesome!

Obviously, the other dancer stopped talking and went to the back of class – a little embarrassed.

So the point of this whole story is…

No matter how good you think you are, don’t let it go to your head!

You should not give corrections to another dancer unless you are an instructor, or your dance teacher has suggested you do so.

This also goes for giving directions when you are in rehearsals, doing a performance or at an audition.

Don’t do it!

This is not your job, and it’s unprofessional. It can also be super annoying to a fellow dancer, and you’ll create enemies. Plus, it can show your insecurities.

When you are in a dance class or rehearsal, you should be working on your own movements.

If you are a really good dancer, you will be so focused on your own technique that you won’t have time to critique others!

With this in mind, what dance technique are you going to focus on today?

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Turn Those Resolutions Into Dance Goals

Learn to be more flexibleBe a more successful dancer this year!

Now that 2014 is in full gear, what does that mean to you as a dancer?

Yes, you know all about resolutions and how most people break them by February each year. With this in mind, why not make goals instead of resolutions?

Here are a few tips to start your year off the right way and accomplish more with your dance career:

1. Define your future.

What do you really want to accomplish as a dancer?

It’s one thing to dream about being on Broadway, dancing in a film or television show or opening your own studio. It’s another thing to write down exactly what you want and actually take action on it. Your dreams may be big, but don’t let that stand in your way.

Figure out each step you need to take to get closer to your dream. Write down goals for this week, this month, this year, and the next five years.

Set timelines and try to finish each step by each deadline. You’ll be amazed at how your dreams will start to materialize!

2. Work hard.

Well, I hate to say it, but even if you think you’re a good dancer, there is always someone better out there. Being a professional dancer is a lot of work.

You need to take dance classes, practice and study your dance technique EVERY DAY. Just dancing around your house or with friends does not count.

Don’t kid yourself. If you really want to be a dancer, you’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of you. But if you reach your goals, it’s completely worth it!

3. Go for it!

With all the work involved in becoming a dancer, or opening your own studio, the process can be overwhelming. Plus, many naysayers will tell you that you can’t do it.

If you really want to have a career in dance, don’t let anyone or anything get in your way. Focus on your goals and stay positive!

Being a dancer is a lot of work, and you’ve got to expect many hours of frustration, physical and mental exhaustion, pain, and negativity from others. It’s a very difficult career, but if you really want to be part of it, all of your hard work will pay off!

Now, go dance and work to be one step closer to your dreams!

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Reduce Stress with a Simple Word

Well, the year is winding down, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Many people in the U.S. love this holiday because they get time off from work to spend with friends and family, eat lots of good food and get a jumpstart on their holiday shopping.

I love Thanksgiving because of all these reasons, but there’s more to it for me.

Usually, things are crazy at work this time of year, and I spend long hours in front of my computer.

By the time Thanksgiving comes around, I’m usually VERY ready for a break (you can probably relate!). Thanksgiving gives me a time to reflect — and what else? — be thankful.

This may sound hokey, but it really inspires me to move forward with my goals. I note all of the things I’m thankful for in my life, and the stress melts away.

In fact, this works so well that I use this process throughout the year.

Being Thankful Can Help You More Ways Than You Know.

When I start to feel overwhelmed and stressed, I stop and think of ten things I’m thankful for. It helps me focus on what is truly important in my life.

Try it. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your mindset changes.

Suddenly, the frustration in dance class, looming tax payments, big meetings, and more seem less intimidating.

Thanksgiving is a time to thank those in your life who have helped you become the person you are today. It’s also a time to reflect on what’s important in life and all of the things you can be thankful for – and this is a wonderful thing.

So wonderful, in fact, that I think it’s wise to think about Thanksgiving every day. Thank the people around you and be grateful for what you have whenever possible.

This process will help you focus on what’s truly important in your life, help reduce stress, and show others that you appreciate their kindness!

With this in mind, I’d like to thank you for reading this blog.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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Dealing with Disruptive Students in Dance Class

A Tip for Dance Teachers

Recently, I was contacted by a dance teacher who was having problems with a disruptive student. Since many of you may be having this same problem, I’ve reposted our messages with permission from the teacher.

Message from Dance Instructor:

Hi. I am teaching funk to 5 to 10 year old kids. I have a hyperactive girl in my class who is 7 years old. Its getting difficult for me to make her understand about discipline in class without some warning. I don’t want to be harsh on her but she disturbs the whole class by not being attentive in class. Please help.”

Return Message from Dance Full Out:

“Thanks for your note. I suggest you have a polite and professional discussion with the students’ parents to let them know the issues you are having and see if they can help.

Also, do you have established studio rules? If not, I suggest you create a list of studio rules and post them in the studio and have your current and new students sign them. When you have new students sign their insurance forms when they begin classes, also have them sign a paper that includes studio rules.

On this paper, state that if students do no follow the rules, the studio owner or instructor has the right to dismiss them from the class without a refund. This way, they will agree to follow the rules, and you’ll have more control.

I hope this helps. Please let me know how things go.”

Return Message from Dance Instructor

“Hi Melanie,

Thanks a lot for the advice. At the start of the class itself I reminded some of the rules for the class for all the kids. Then I also gave every student a particular box on the floor (v have a white tiled floor) as their space so that they can stand in their place n I corrected their arm positions. I also took a small surprise test and asked them about what each arm or feet position is called taking special care about the hyperactive girl.

Giving her a chance to really focus and tune into her brain cells. Their was a moment, in the middle of the class, when she started distracting the class by talking to another girl when I had to be really strict that lead to direct stares at her by the rest of the class directly towards her. So she calmed down. I did spoke to her mother after the class who assured me that next time her daughter will definitely be at her good behavior and will not give any more chance for a complaint. Thanks a lot again for your helpful tips. It really, really helped me.”

 

I’m so glad things worked out for this dance instructor. Do you have tips for this teacher too? Please provide your comments below.

 And for more dance teacher tips, check out these entries.

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