Got good attitude?

Dancers Are Smart

Got good attitude?

Dancers Are Smart. This was the tag line at my family-owned and -operated dance studio. I heard these words at the studio and at home. One of my older sisters is over-the-top dramatic. Like captivating, make-a-splash, you-know-she’s-in-the-room, can’t-reel-her-in, dramatic. Whenever she communicated our tag line, you believed her.

Dance training produces more than just physical benefits.

When I was a student in her class, she’d have us practice patience while standing attentively with our hands by our sides, waiting our turn during progressions or when another student or group demonstrates.

In dance class we encourage, support, and applaud fellow dancers as an expression of kindness.

We humbly accept corrections with an understanding that learning is a lifelong process.

Our silence during class and the asking of permission to enter and exit a class are simply displays of respect for our teachers and fellow dancers.

We walk around and never through the middle of a class.

We gesture with curtsies, hugs, and handshakes to thank our teachers at the end of class.

If we’re older or more advanced students, we learn leadership skills through assisting and helping younger dancers.

My sister held discussions on the nobility of dance. She had a way of placing us on notice that a responsibility to present ourselves as good listeners, and fast learners who accept instruction, visual or otherwise, very well. 

The hard work, sweat, and sense of accomplishment we experience on the dance floor, taken as a whole, is what gives us confidence when we’re out in the real world. 

It’s incredible the number of skills you learn during a dance class that will benefit you the rest of your life.

Dance training is life training.” ~ Joe Tremaine

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