“Dancers are crazy,” My friend told me. “We do the same thing every day.” It’s true, I thought. People say that is the definition of insanity, doing the same thing and expecting different results. But if you think about it, that’s actually what makes for successful dancers – we do expect different results, and through repetition and effort, incrementally, we get them.
But there is more to it than repetition. Yesterday I finally mastered an inversion that I’ve struggled with for years. “That means you’re stronger,” my mom said, when I bragged. But it’s not just that. I found a new way of approaching the same thing I had done for years. It was a simple change. A new teacher gave me a new focus and suddenly I could do it. That is why quality educators are so important to the field. It takes a trained teacher, with a keen ability to observe and help modify, to help students improve.
With a good teacher, and repetition and effort, the results do differ…slowly, but surely. That is one of the many reasons why a strong dance education benefits a child in all aspects of his/her life. That is an important lesson that can apply to all things.
As the new year begins, I am excited to be taking on new children’s classes at Performing Arts Workshop in Encinitas and building a Duncan dance program for kids there. And it will be exciting and gratifying to watch as they incrementally improve, through repetition and effort, and a little help from the quality dance educators there.