Sunday, November 27, 2011

Dance Lessons or Everything I Know I Learned in Dance Class

Start at the beginning.  Do what you know you can do.  The rest will then come to you.

Don’t hurt yourself or others.

Move, sweat, have fun

Stay in the moment.  Don’t think about what you just did or what’s next.

It doesn’t matter what it looks like to anyone else.  It matters how it feels to you.   

Stay with yourself.  You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.  Do it your way.

There are no mistakes, only opportunities to learn.  Sometimes mistakes lead to new avenues of creativity. 

Take chances, especially ones that make you uncomfortable.

When you make a choice, own it.

That person who continually pisses you off (the one who takes your space, crowds you, ignores you) may not be your rival, but your teacher.  She could be telling you something about yourself you might not otherwise think about.  (See “The Mirror,” posted 9/25/11)

Making room for others gives you more room, too.

Remember, we are pretty much all the same.   At some point, we've all been "the new kid."

Focus on the joy, not the struggle. What you focus on is what you’ll experience.

And most important:  trust yourself—and follow the music in your own way.

In other words, dance with life.

1 comment:

  1. Perfect! All are true in dance class as well as in life.... "Take chances, especially ones that make you uncomfortable." At the moment, this is my favorite..., and it feels liberating and satisfying to say "yes" to most-every opportunity that comes my way. Learning to live with your own discomfort is unbelievably eye-opening!