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Everyone loves dancing, and dancers exude and spread a lot of warmth, cheer, and happiness that they get from their art. But what's the story backstage? What are the real faces behind the makeup and the pleasant demeanor? Are dancers working in tandem with each other even when no one is watching? How are their interpersonal relationships?
It is important for dancers to form and keep nurturing positive relationships with the dance community that shares their love for dance.
The love-hate relationship between dancers and the directors is interesting as well as legendary, but specific ground rules can make the equation work for both parties. Here is what you should keep in mind as a dancer.
As part of the dance team, whether you are a lead dancer or second or third-row dancer, everyone has worked really hard to be there. It’s just a matter of varied skill levels and physical and mental capacities that separates good dancers from great. There are only a few spots at the top which is already slippery, and one misstep or lack of practice could bring the leaders down.
It is normal, in fact, human to feel resentment for dancers who could go en-Pointe within a few sessions or execute a step to perfection in just a few tries. A dancer has to learn to take it all in her stride and keep her focus on dance which is what she is there for in the first place.
Go beyond doing the same choreography next to your teammate. You can be a friend too! By cheering others, sharing their videos, giving compliments, you can be a better person, and motivate others also! After all, dancing is all about having their backs, giving selflessly and receiving gratefully.
Sure, you have matching hoodies of your dance team. And your steps are in sync too. Explore if you have something else in common. Do you both like to read? How about hiking or camping? Do you study common subjects? Try hanging out together and forge a more meaningful friendship that extends beyond the studio.
You are close enough with your fellow dancers to keep an eye on what’s wrong. You probably know them best as a dancer and understand their limitations too. If your notes can help them grow, don’t hesitate to share. Most certainly, they will use your tips and appreciate it. However, don’t mock them or be nasty with your feedback.
You know how hard you have worked, and your fellow teammates have been a part of that journey. As you admire how far you have come together, remember to share with your teammates. Celebrate achievements together, be in touch with them, encourage new members to embrace all as part of a family.
Your checklist for being the best dancer and a human being that you can be.
Everyone loves dancing, and they love dancing with each other even more. But each one of us has our comfort zones and boundaries when it comes to our social and communication skills. So why not try our best to be mindful of each others’ feelings? We can not only make our connections more meaningful, but we also make dance community stronger.
The chemistry of an interconnected dance team that only goes from strength to strength as a unit is sure to be a rewarding dance experience for everyone. Teamwork makes the dream work, but not without a lot of sweat, blood, tears, respect, trust, understanding and love.
Most of the traits that you will develop in your life as a dancer will help you in becoming an excellent team player in your journey to becoming a great teammate will impact your "future-self" tremendously.
What else do you think is essential to keep in mind as a dancer? Leave a comment below to share!