STEP 2- Know your “How”
Next- it's action time. Understanding the concept of "HOW" is а crucial step that you need to take towards becoming a happy dancer. This is the guidebook on how you will go about achieving your purpose- your "why". This is where your dance teacher can help lay out all the possible routes your dance journey can take.
During this step, you can decide whether you would like to attend group classes and/ or private lessons, whether you are interested in participating in a showcase or a dance competition, and how you would go about it, including costume planning and your vision about the process.
Remember that this journey is a process. Think about it as an ever-evolving structure that you need to revise frequently while remaining flexible to make adjustments that can fit your "WHY" better.
Defining your "How”
Questions to help yourself:
How can I achieve my “Why”?- Is it through participating in a showcase or competition?
Do I dance to socialize?- maybe a group class or a dance party is an excellent start for you.
Dance is a parallel reality that should coexist in harmony with the other parts of your life. For your “how” to work and align properly with your goals and commitments, you have to perform what I call a “reality check”.
This puzzle piece so critical to your success. The starkest example would be to have only one hour to spare for dance per week but aspiring to become a world champion. Many have tried but failed and regret ever doing it. To avoid disappointment, I always strive to align how much I can do to fulfill the “why”.
STEP 3- Know your “What”
Well, that one is so simple and does not need any elaboration- We dance. The final product is a stunning performance that can move others and, most of all- yourself. That feeling when you complete a heel turn or when you hit that accent of the music, or simply when you move as one with your partner. You have put in the hard work, now enjoy and remember it is about your "why" not anyone else's
One size fits all approach to dancing does not work because we are all different, have different backgrounds, aspirations, and life journeys. By taking the time to come up with your why, how, and what, you provide the building blocks to a happy and fulfilled dance life. At some point, your journey will face an obstacle- that heel turn that you can't get, or the difficult timing, or not being able to go through a round. Just chill. Take a deep breath, take your notes out, and read your "why." Make the necessary adjustments, wipe your sweat, and try again. We are all in the same boat. What differentiates us is the approach and the purpose.
In life, happiness is a long term dream destination. It is a "why", and it requires constant maintenance performed by your "how" which will eventually allow you to arrive at your "what".
What is your “why” in dance? Shoot me a message below; I would love to hear what makes you wake up happy in the morning.
Happy Dancing, everyone!