It is easy to establish 10 basic tips/rules for dancers, but is it easy to follow them? "Dancers are the athletes of God", they are experts in dance and body movements and yet considered to have very little expertise within life. However, at the same time they provide a vital corner stone of human life, obvious and celebrated by some while more subconsciously by others.
They are expected to be better than regular people and they must face with high expectations of their peers. A dancer's body, looks, style and any extra inch is examined by every individual who forms opinions and judgements based on stereotypes of what dancers should look like. With all this in mind I have decided to pinpoint some of the main tips which help me cope with my career path and make it joyful!
Stress is an inherent part of professional dancing, mainly brought on through my own personal demands of myself. Every day I blame myself for not following the plans I have made. I worry myself sick and as a result I simply get disappointed in myself. But the fact is that all my own doubts caused my fears and stress. Being brave and ready to win and fail at the same time helps me cope with it, and is a mind set that is crucial to succeeding in this tough industry.
Discipline, needless to say, is the most important part of a dancer's life; diet, training, stretching, resting, learning, etc. Only the ones who can be strong and determined will survive this profession.
Competition is a necessity. Recognising that healthy competition keeps you improving is important. But driving yourself mad about someone being a better dancer is neither positive nor progressive to you as a dancer. There will always be someone better then you, but don't forget this is the same for everyone, everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. Realising this and working with your strengths while working on your weaknesses will improve you no end.
4. Giving to the dance community
Giving is a great way to get known in your community and engage with other dancers. You not only benefit yourself from a heightened sense of being needed and appreciated, but you also help another develop and better themselves. The more you give, the more others will give to you helping you to develop and advance yourself.
Be honest to yourself first and foremost; realise what you really love and are prepared to sacrifice in order to achieve your goals. Never sign up for something you are forced to.
6. Connecting with yourself
Connecting to your inner self, and being prepared to realise your weaknesses and strengths will enable you to concentrate on your weaknesses in order to develop them, and sell yourself on your strengths. Meditate, sweat and recognise what your mind is telling you and what your body is feeling when you do physical activities. Being in tune with your inner self helps you to protect against stress and unhealthy competition.
Inspiration is not an easy daily search. However, without it dancers are destined to vanish from the rest of the art scene! I don't care what inspires you; as long as you are driven and have set goals for your future you have my respect.
Continuing education is a hard realisation for all dancers that comes with age. Unfortunately, we can't just go for a seminar once a year and get our credits up to date, we are in for a long and exhausting sweaty road of dance training. It might be a bumpy ride, but hop on if you have the determination, motivation and inspiration to dance all your future life!
Passion and a love for dance, performance and hard work; you must truly love dance, you should know if it is your life or not. Indeed, you are the one who always dreams about being on stage, but what differentiates it from being a hobby? Do you crave for a stable job, without risks, stress and instability? You should be honest with yourself. There is nothing wrong with having a sedentary job, and stability, indeed, to each is its own. Nevertheless, according to my own experience, no stable job makes me that happier than DANCE! Dance is my true passion and my first love!
Vulnerability is the one state of myself which I truly hate. But I do agree with my mentors that it is a beautiful thing to see someone stripping themselves down of their shields and just being themselves. It is in fact the hardest thing to achieve. Accept who you are, live with it and love yourself for it. Allow the audience to see you just the way you are, without expectations and demands.