Tonight my emotions alternated rapidly between hope and despair as I watched Extravadance, the show put on by the BYU-Idaho dance department.
As always, it was lovely and very impressive. However as I said, I spent the show trying to decide whether I could ever get as good as the dancers on that stage.
Now, I’m sitting here at home with a new motivation to become a better dancer. This post will, therefore, be dedicated to an outline of what makes a good dancer.
In researching the characteristics of a good dancer, I came across a blog post by Rebecca Brightly called “22 Things Good Dancers Do Differently.” I would definitely recommend her post, but I must warn you: there are a few swear words in it.
A few of Brightly’s ideas I really liked were to use mirrors and video cameras in our practice and to “strive to constantly make new discoveries about dancing (rather than waiting to be spoon fed the answers).”
She says that it is uncomfortable for us to watch ourselves in a mirror or on video, but she challenges her readers to try it for a month and promises that they will become better dancers.
I can add my testimony of that principle. For my International Standard class, our teacher filmed our waltz test, and I was able to recognize things I can easily fix now that I’m aware that I do them. For example, I realized that I often don’t completely close my feet.
The second principle I included from Brightly’s post also stuck out to me. I have become increasingly aware that to become knowledgeable in the dance world, you have to choose to. You must look for it. The answers will not simply be given to you.
The good news is that there is plenty of information out there for those of us who want to learn more. We can become better and more knowledgeable dancers! To borrow one more idea from Brightly, “Go on, I dare you to try!”