Dance comes with challenges. It's part of what makes it so fun!
When we dance, we are challenging ourselves physically, mentally, and creatively… and it can be hard.
Sometimes we’ll be working on something, say our pirouettes, and we fall out of them. We know what to do, we know the mechanics, and we know how we want to end, but we keep falling out of them anyway. Which leads to frustration because we have to get it without falling out if we want to perform it in our dance. Being frustrated is okay, it’s perfectly natural, but we all know that frustrations won’t solve our issue. In fact, if we stay with that mindset, it can make us sloppy, create new problems, and make us resistant to learning. We know we don’t want that, but what can we do?
We can change our perspective.
Take the energy we are using to fuel our frustration and use it to find a different way to look at our problems. If we already know how the pirouette feels, how it ends, and how it looks in the mirror, maybe it’s time to see what it looks like videoed from different angles. If we know we need a strong core, a straight leg, and a high demi-pointe, then maybe it’s time to go back to the basics of how to strengthen each of those elements. If we’ve practiced it 100 times a day, maybe it’s time to take a break for a week. But the most effective way to change from frustration to success is our mindset. It’s not that we have to be able to do our pirouette to put it in our dance; we get to put in our dance if we are able to do it.
We don’t have to; we get to. How lucky are we?
Suddenly, it’s not as daunting. Suddenly, it’s only the beginning, and it’s a process that you can apply to more situations than a difficult dance move.
What do you get to do?