What would I tell you?

There are two types of people in the world: people that have been dancing for as long as they can remember, and those who are about to start dancing. As a long-term dancer, what do you wish you had been told when you aspired to be where you are now? If you could turn back time and tell yourself anything about dance and what it would take, what would that be? Check out the 5 things we have found that older dancers would like to tell up and coming dancers:

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 5.29.11 PMAs a dancer, you should never compare yourself to other dancers. We are all dancing and learning at our own pace. You cannot expect to pick up and be on the same page as someone that has been dancing his or her whole life. For some it may come easier than others, but do not get discouraged about it! In the beginning you will have all sorts of thoughts about your abilities. That is the beautiful part of the journey. Keep working hard and give it your all!

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You should always walk in to the studio with your head held high, ready to learn. Every dancer is learning at a different pace. Dance is all about confidence. Confidence is the belief that you can do whatever you put your mind to. People can tell if you are confident or not. If you walk out on that stage with confidence in yourself, your dance will reflect that confidence.

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Training is the most important aspect of dance, since practice DOES make perfect. If you are consistent in your practice and your training, you will continue to improve. There will be days where you do not feel like going to practice. You will want to be at the next high school football game or a friend’s birthday party. Commitment is key in being a successful dancer. You might not see the results right away, but every long term dancer can tell you that practice is what makes you the best. When training gets hard, do not quit!

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Dance is all about being you. You can be an introverted dancer or an extroverted dancer; however, the most important thing is that you are not shy about your dancing. You want to walk off that stage knowing you gave it your all. Surprisingly, being shy goes hand in hand with being confident in yourself. The higher level of confidence you have, the less shy you will be. Even if you are nervous before your first competition or recital, walk out there with positive intentions and act like you own the stage. Everyone will be thinking, “Wow! She just owned that stage!”

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You have to put yourself and your talents out there. If you do not take a chance and show people your abilities, they will never know they exist. You have already conquered the first step of putting yourself out there by starting the next season! Before you ever started dancing, you were the only person that knew you could dance. Now is your chance to bring your talents to the stage and show them off! Be willing to put yourself in the front row, ask questions, and show them what you’re made of.

As you can see, dance takes a lot of confidence, hard work, trust, encouragement, and belief in yourself. The best dancers out there did not take an easy road to get there. All dancers have moments where they felt like they had failed, messed up, or even wanted to give up. Committing to something and aspiring to be great at it is hard work. Be the best you can be and do the work to get to the top: THIS is what “I” would tell “you!”

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