|Posted by Tessa Thompson on November 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM|
Ever wonder what you can do to better yourself as a dancer or in your career?
Most of us find our "comfort zone" and tend to stay there. How can one leave that comfort zone and grow? Most of us would benefit from constructive critique from our peers but often times our peers are not comfortable approaching us. Here is a very simple exercise that you can do to critique yourself and discover the areas that you need to focus on to be able to grow. Sometimes you may have to look deeply inside of yourself to find these areas but you will find them.
Take a simple piece of paper and jot whatever you want to say about yourself down. Go ahead, brag yourself up (make a brag page)! List your qualities and attributes...your strong areas. What is it that makes you feel proud about yourself when your dancing? What do you feel are your strongest points when you solo? It can be anything from your hair to your technique. What makes you feel as though you put on a great performance?
Maybe your great qualities are: Good technique, spectacular costumes, stage presence, your smile, you are awesome at making eye contact, you try new things, your complimentary to your fellow dancers, your dedication, your passion, your an awesome zil player......truly anything that you feel is a strong point for you.
Now along with these wonderful attributes list your areas of weakness. Maybe some of your weaknesses are: Do you need to make your moves bigger? Make them smaller? Make them tighter? Are your arms sloppy? Do you flail your arms? Do you have the dreaded flippy hand syndrome? Do you need to work on confidence, self esteem? Do you engage with your audience? Do you need help with hair and costuming? Need to learn how to use a prop?
After you have made up your list of qualities and weaknesses, take one weakness at a time and work on making it a quality. Keep at it and you'll eventually find the growth you're looking for. And as always if you have an area that you just can't figure out on your own never be afraid to ask your fellow dancers for help. Most will be more than happy to help you over a hump!
Finally, when you are feeling down about yourself as a dancer (or in any area of your life) look back at your list of qualities and remember... you are pretty awesome. Realize that you've come a long way and are becoming the better dancer you've always dreamed of being!