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How to Handle Criticism in Dance

    How to Handle Criticism in Dance

    The emphasis on technique is sharpened when you begin taking dance seriously. Your teachers will assist you in figuring out all of the minor technical details. In addition, the best teachers foster an atmosphere of healthy dedication and progress.

    However, many dancers are chastised for not making corrections quickly enough. The assumption could be that they need to be more reliable and committed. Perhaps they need to pay more attention in class. This article will go through how to deal with criticism in dancing.

    If a correction is not delivered swiftly, the student, teacher, or both may not understand or prioritize it. In addition, anxiety might interfere with mental attention in class for confident dancers. On the other hand, other dancers are so focused on attempting to pick up combinations that applying corrections becomes too much to bear.

    To recall the intricacies of each combination, you may focus more on implementing what you learn in class or staying present. Create additional personal standards to make your improvements measurable if you want to move forward.

    Most of us have been in situations where a teacher seemed to dislike us for whatever reason. Those can be some of the most challenging and depressing experiences.

    Here’s a personal story, major criticism in dance…

    I went out for my second summer program when I was 15. I was promoted to the highest level, but I was concerned it was an error. I was not prepared for it; evidently, neither was the former New York City Ballet star with whom my level worked the most closely.

    Ms. M, a former NYCB lead dancer, was one of the folks I was most pleased to work with. I had never had any Balanchine training, so I was excited to hear her perspective and learn some beautiful Balanchine work.

    Ms. M was unimpressed with me on the first day. After that, she would frequently single me out and offer me a slew of nasty, demeaning corrections. Unfortunately, I wasn’t completely alone in this. Ms. M was generally harsh and yelled at several of the females in my class.

    Then there were her personal favorites. They were the ones who couldn’t go wrong. Were they putting in more effort than I was? Applying adjustments faster? Simply superior?

    Every day I had a class with her, I called my mother and cried (almost every day of that summer program).

    Ms. M threatened to demote me to a lower level of responsibility. I secretly prayed she’d do it simply so I wouldn’t have to take her classes any longer. I was determined to win her over at first. It’s the fate of the determined dancer. I attempted to work harder. Then I tried to vanish.

    That experience shaped a lot of my future confidence and actions as a dancer.

    Even though it was so long ago, the anguish from that experience is still genuine to me. I saw myself hiding in some of my dancing experiences following that summer. Doubting. Worrying.

    This is when accepting responsibility for your success comes into play. Regardless of these often unfavorable studio experiences, you must appraise yourself and continue toward your goals. You’re not alone if you need help handling criticism in dancing.

    Don’t let your dancing be defined or defeated by one person’s opinion. Here’s how…

    Fortunately, I’ve had various teachers and supporters over the years. I’m thankful I had to endure such a demoralizing experience for four weeks. If you are regularly dealing with a problematic situation, you may need to take more drastic measures.

    Looking for new training or teachers in your area could be in your best interests. If you want to pursue dance professionally, this will significantly boost your confidence and, thus, your chances of success.

    Return your focus to positive training experiences during a difficult period. Who were your teachers who helped you? What effect did they have on you? What did they say to you that made you realize your potential?

    During my intense summer intensive, I wrote down the choreography for every variation we learned. Writing down choreography is helpful, but what I wish I had done was set some personal goals for myself. Then, I would have been able to focus on the task rather than the anxiety.

    Clear goals might provide an outlet for you to focus inside. They can help you overcome feelings of failure and focus on the broad picture, significant ambitions, and ultimate dreams. Goals put you in control of your life.

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