Here’s a bunch of things I pulled together a while ago but have only just got round to tidying up into a proper post.
Don’t give up
Ever Been Discouraged at Dance Class? This is a lovely post by Don Baarns about not giving up with the reminder that “You go to classes BECAUSE you don’t know the material, not to show off what you already know.” I can totally emphasize with his hip hop experience! Dancing choreography by yourself is very different to social dancing with a partner but it’s a fantastic challenge.
On being dumped in tango
I can’t remember where I came across this video but it makes me laugh “you are in the pre-embarrassed stage of blissful ignorance otherwise you wouldn’t be asking the best dancer in the room for a dance”.
Lori Savory’s thoughts about being a belly dance teacher
Lori Savory has written a fantastic post about the things that make a great belly dance teacher but her thoughts apply to all dance forms:
“[Being a good teacher] means giving students appropriate time to learn the movements or concepts, being able and willing to explain things more than one way and repeating things if necessary, and understanding that different people learn at different paces. It is also appreciating that students have different goals than the teacher does for herself or the teacher perceives her students should have. A student who is taking the class to get more exercise, to gain confidence, or even just for plain old fun, is worthy of just as much time, effort and consideration as someone who wants to make dance her career. There is nothing wrong with having standards and expecting the students to work hard, but the student should never feel degraded because she can’t keep up….”
I came across this video on the Advanced Style blog. If I live to be 100 I hope I can still be as active as this lady!
Postcard To Fere
DJ Chrisbe’s Song of the Week back in October was Postcard To Fere by Erich Nussbaum. It’s a Balboa song that I have totally fallen in love with.
Can dancing together improve your relationship?
Yes it can (via Barking up the wrong tree):
The significance that romantic partners ascribe to joint activities and the impact these activities have on relationship quality were examined in the context of self-determination theory. Individuals who practice ballroom dancing with a romantic partner were invited to complete measures of motivation and perception of dyadic adjustment for their relationship and when dancing. Results from path analyses suggested direct and indirect effects of relationship motivation on satisfaction when dancing with a partner. Additionally, direct and indirect effects of motivation for dancing with a partner on relationship satisfaction were also found. Overall, this study suggests that couple functioning plays a role in joint activity functioning and satisfaction. Satisfaction in joint activities can also contribute to the overall quality of the relationship.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
I really like this quote which I came across via a Feldenkrais blog. If only I could commit my weight to one foot and kill the hesitancy in my dancing who knows what might happen?
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
J. W. von Goethe