Imagine yourself in class, admiring your reflection in the mirror after you finally ace the quadruple pirouette. You are on cloud nine. After the immense hard work, you have landed the correct dance posture. You’re infused with pride and amazement. Your respect for yourself and your art has increased. Coming out of this shell into the ugly reality is nothing less than a slap. When your applause is replaced with negative comments, your trust and self-esteem are shattered. A negative comment zero downs the glorified confidence you once had. And counter to this, you question your passion and unconditional love for dancing.
Sometimes a pool of corrections may leave you overwhelmed. This may create a void between your dreams and reality. But every dancer must comprehend and embrace these flaws. So, how can you be at peace and handle all the critiques calmly? Let’s get straight into how to make criticism constructive rather than destructive.
- Remember the Reason Why: You go to dance class because you want to get better at it. The only way to improve is by working on your shortcomings. Therefore, you must not take criticism personally. Instead, work on them. Getting negative feedback doesn’t mean you aren’t talented.
- Consider the Source: Feeling bombarded with all the negative comments? If yes, then take a moment to prioritize. Feedback from the dance guru or mentor values more than the comment or taunt from your friend or neighbours. Techniques or professional comments are different from remarks about your body. If your teacher gives you feedback and suggests cross-training, then you should consider it strongly.
- Learn When to Let Go: After getting the criticism, your only plan will be to practice that dance move again and again. However, no matter how many times you try the same dance move, sometimes you just can’t get it right. And that’s all okay! Giving yourself some time and taking a break will rejuvenate you to pick up the meaning curve afresh. So, understand the importance of when to hold on and when to let it go. The right balance will help you polish and enhance your skill.
Last but not least is to be kind to yourself. As we conclude this blog, we all need to learn that a dancer’s life is filled with challenges. The dancing journey is to invent and reinvent ourselves by discovering and rediscovering challenges. And instead of juggling between expectation and admiration, we should land on acceptance.