What can success in dance look like?
> A trophy
> A top exam result
> Acceptance into a prestigious training facility
> Acceptance into a prestigious performance company
So often it is only the above where we look for validation.
BUT not everyone will gain the above. So what does that mean? That they have not succeeded? They have failed?
No because success is more than the above.
It is so easy to fall into the trap of trying to be one kind of success.
It happens without even realising. For me as a teacher it happens naturally, I want to do my absolute best, teach the best technique and performance skills… so of course I want those four things to be mine or that of my students.
But at what cost?
If a dancer trains very well, but never quite manages to get 1st place, What does that mean? Are they less successful then their friend who always wins? Well it depends on your definition of success. For me, not necessarily. If you look at the whole person you may notice they overcame stage fright, or got up early several times a week to practise their steps before going off to school. That to me is success. Lessons to take with you into life.
Does it make you a 'loser' to value more than first place? Not to me, but that's up to you.
Our definition of success can change over time and it is different for everyone.
Success in dance is also
> Learning to be dedicated
> Learning how to deal with set backs
> Learning how to prioritise
> Ongoing technique and performance development
> Learning to set goals and expectations
> Learning to be a good team player
> Learning good sportsmanship
> Being a role model to a younger dancer
> Dealing with insecurities and gaining confidence
Dance is different everywhere.
Every dance school across the world will have their core values. As parents it is important to know what each school is about. No one school is wrong, simply different.
~ Written by Tara Becker, reproduced with permission! Thanks Tara for your wisdom!