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?