The one thing that every dancer experiences is the feeling of getting corrected and criticized both in the classroom as well as in the professional world, the only thing that is different from dancer to dancer is how they handle these corrections and criticisms. Here are a few tips on dealing with the corrections and criticisms that you may face in the dance world.
Reframe Your Thinking
One must rethink corrections and criticisms that are given as just a simple piece of information that a person can use in order to get better. Remember that teachers provide corrections because they think that you can improve. So the next time a teacher gives you a correction remember that they are not trying to embarrass you in front of your friends in class they see potential in you and are trying to help you get even better. Likewise in a professional environment the choreographer wants the performance to look the best it can look on stage. This means that you can be corrected on everything from your walk from the wings to the steps choreographed, everything will be scrutinized and gone over with a fine toothed comb until show time so that you as the dancer will look the best you can look on stage.
You go to dance class in order to get better and in order to get better one needs to get feedback. It is important not to take this feedback personally especially if it is about your technique. Getting negative feedback does not mean that you are not talented and remember that even professionals get criticized. In class no matter if the teacher is correcting you personally listen to what the teacher is saying and pay attention to if you need to work on that as well. This goes along with reframing your mind when it comes to corrections and criticism.
Consider The Source
Teachers and choreographers give corrections and criticisms to make the dancer look the best they can. However, there are those teachers that seem to just criticize everything that a dancer does. When this happens listen to them and know that they are not criticizing you personally they want you to be the best you can be. So take everything they say as something that will make you better rather them something that tears you down.
Learn To Let Go
This maybe the hardest thing to do, but their are those teachers that no matter what you do you can never do it right. Still listen to what they have to say because it is vital but don’t carry that criticisms around with you outside of the classroom or practice. Don’t let the words and crisitism weigh on you because this is the easiest way to become defended when you leave the classroom or are not practicing shake off the crisitisms. However, do not completely forget them. When you are in the classroom or are practicing think back to what your teacher corrected in the last class.
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