Why take up dance as a career?
Three things to know:
Dance is rooted deeply in culture and tradition as it is also a fundamental part of the contemporary entertainment space.
Creative thinking is a crucial skill for artists practicing all forms of art including the movement arts.
Dance has proven to have health benefits and now constitutes an important part of therapy. Dance also has the power to improve differently abled people and has a positive impact on children on the autism spectrum as well as their carers. DMT is now a widely accepted psychotherapeutic tool.
What skills make a dancer: Three skills to master
Discipline: It’s a fact that it takes 21 days to make a change and 90 days to see a change. Unless you put in those hours of dedicated repetitions to your body muscles do not take the necessary form, shape and size to deliver that kick, pirouette or a Jeté. Hence the key to mastery is dedication and discipline.
Patience - with oneself and students. It’s crucial as a dancer to realise that Rome was not built in a day, hence patience is of utmost importance to dance mindfully, dance safer, dance longer. It’s always a must to warm up before starting to dance. As a teacher different participants in class come with different learning curves hence being attentive to different abilities of leaning is important to strike a balance for overall growth of the group as a group keeping in mind that the slow learner’s learn and the fast learner’s don’t lose interest at the same time.
Perseverance: Dance, is one of the most challenging careers and also carries a dark underbelly and a fair share of dirt, mudslinging and politics. So all I would say is to ignore the naysayers, look over all the politics and do what you think is right for you. Sometimes it’s always good to follow your gut, find your goals and stay the course come what may.
How to get trained as a dancer: Three steps to learn
Find a credible course, a credible school with a variety of teachers that you learn from.
Depending on your schedule - becoming a professional dancer could be through either a part time or a full time course. Find one that suits you best
Commit a few hours everyday towards disciplined and dedicated learning and practice. Consistency and time management is key.
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