As dancers, we always love to step on stage and perform. We're usually thrilled to get into the studio to rehearse a new piece or learn a new solo. But, sometimes we forget to bring that same enthusiasm to every single technique class we take each week. We shouldn't allow ourselves to make that mistake!
Class time is where the magic really happens for training dancers. It is where we are given the tools and information necessary to improve our technique, where we are supported to try new things artistically, and where we are given critical feedback about how this technique and artistry comes together in our dancing. It is important to make the most of every opportunity to take class!
The next time you’re in the studio, make sure you do these 5 things to make the most of your teacher’s corrections:
Be Open-Minded… and Show It
The crucial first step to accepting a correction and applying it is to keep your mind open to the idea that you still have a lot to learn. Allow yourself to let go of your ego and be hungry for constructive criticism.
Then, show your teacher that same eagerness by wearing pleasant expression, staying humble, being attentive in class, working hard, responding to all corrections, even those given to other dancers.
Practice Right Away
When a correction is given in class - whether it is given directly to you, to another dancer, or to the class at large - practice! Don’t just stand there and nod your head to show you’re listening. Instead, do the step that is being corrected right there, applying the new information and practicing the improvement. Not only will this help you get the correction in your body, it will show the teacher that you are the kind of student who takes in new information intelligently.
After you’ve received a correction or a note and tried it out once or twice, it is perfectly understandable if you still require some clarification. Don’t be afraid to raise your hand and ask your questions! Your teacher will be proud to know that you’re thinking critically about your correction and you’re working hard to make sure that you improve for next time.
Say Thank You
When a teacher stops to give you a correction or to help you execute an exercise, say a quick thank you before they move on! If you weren’t able to say something in the moment, go to your teacher after class and assure them that you appreciate their time and attention. It might seem like a small gesture, but it will show the teacher that you care about your training and the role that he or she plays in helping you be your best.
Retain the Information
The most important part about getting a correction is making sure that you retain it, throughout the rest of class and the rest of your dance career! Don’t be frustrated if you can’t perfect the correction straight away. Instead, think about it, write it down, and consistently work to implement it every time you come into the studio. Remember, hard work and diligence go a long way!
-- Team BoPPA xx
The first step to getting a correction is to come to class! Click here to enrol. :)