15 Aug Part 1 – Humility
When I first began a Cuizon Ballet Centre, I was as proud as a peacock. I had strut into that doorway, expecting to conquer these dancers and practically own the place. That is not at all how it happened. Lisa did not even give me many corrections that day, but I was truly convicted. I had no idea how horrible at ballet I was, and trust me, it was terrible!! Like I mentioned in my previous post, I had a rough few months at first. I had to be broken down. It took me a long time to shake my pride. I learned to show humility and to respect those who were more experienced in dance. It is easiest to receive and apply corrections when you show humility. Even if some of the corrections are a hard pill to swallow, take a deep breathe and try to apply it as quickly as you can. Also, it is really important to write down corrections, but I’m getting off-track. Do not mistake humility with self-deprecation. It is equally important to know that you are a beautiful person. In fact, something I found that helps me in class is making sure I feel beautiful before entering the class room. I do my hair a certain way that frames my face in a way I like, wear earrings that flatter my features, and wear a leotard that is slimming and compliments my figure. From that point, I can receive corrections with humbleness without beating myself up in my head. Know that the corrections given to you have nothing to do with your personality and are not meant to be taken personally. They are simply corrections, and are meant to improve your dancing. Treat them as such, and your life will be much easier. As a dancer who has also taught occasionally, I appreciate people who apply corrections quickly. It makes me want to correct them more, but when a dancer shows disinterest, perhaps in their face or body language, I try to avoid them. It’s so important to be eager and hungry for corrections. I realize that’s much easier said than done, and it will take time. Just be patient with yourself and appreciate the stage of your dance career that you’re in. More to come!