There are so many bits of “gear” required for dancing: leotards, tights, warm-up suits, hair scrunchies, shoes, shoes, and more shoes. They seem like small things, but they allow you to move your body with ease, supporting you as you leap, spin or pound a rhythm into the floor.
If you dance often, or are still in your growing years, you might feel like you’re always spending money at your local dance shop.
Luckily, the most important part of your dance “uniform” doesn’t cost a thing.
Why? Here are just a few reasons:
- You get much more out of class when you come in with a positive attitude – when your mind is relaxed, your body can follow, which means better stretch and flexibility
- It’s a classroom environment – even though it’s meant to be fun, and even though you’re paying for it (or your parents are), the expectation is that everyone will show up bright-eyed, open-minded, and ready to learn; basically, it’s a respect thing
- You’re not the only one in class – it’s very difficult to have a positive experience when someone around you is having a negative one (those bad vibes are super contagious)
- It’s unprofessional – if you plan to have a career in dance, you better be ready to smile no matter what your mood is, just as you would on stage
By the way, even when you’re having a private lesson or solo rehearsal, you’re not the only one in the room – your teacher doesn’t want to deal with a bad attitude any more than you would if they came to class cranky.
Not to mention, as you get older and go out into the world, you’ll see that a poor attitude really can cost you. If you were auditioning two dancers, equally talented, would you hire the one who is smiling, positive, and easy to work with, or the one with a sourpuss, grumbling the whole time? You’d hire the former, no contest.
And the advice applies beyond the dance world. College interviews, job interviews, promotions, even friendships—all can be affected in one direction or the other depending on your attitude. Positive consequences are much more desirable than negative!
We’re all only human, and everyone has the occasional bad day, of course. But one of the best things about dance is that it’s an opportunity to ESCAPE from anything bugging us or wearing us down. So remember to leave your life at the door, and give yourself over to the class environment – with a positive and professional attitude – and I guarantee you’ll have a much better experience.
How do you feel, dancers? Do you find your mood affects your dancing? Does attending class lift your mood? Share your experiences in the comments!
IMAGE BY: SAMUEL SHARPE