Start Thinking Like A Dancer – Heres Why
A phenomenal dancer will make even the most challenging movements look like a breeze – and the same can be said about barre classes, the style of group fitness derived from ballet. The gentle control of barre looks deceivingly easy from the outside, and dancers always seem so at-ease and in control. With all of the leaping and swirling, dancing is an ethereal sibling to our regular forms of movement and expression; but if you’re a dancer, or if you’ve tried one of our Melbourne barre exercise classes, you’ll know that there is much more to it than that.
From the mind of a dancer, here are five life lessons that you can take away and carry with you throughout your day.
Everyone enjoys a talented dance performance, but even the most exceptional dancers have faced criticism and disappointment. Throughout rehearsals and classes you are receiving endless corrections or comments, and it’s up to you to take it on board and use it constructively. It won’t do you any favours to become offended or plagued by self-doubt – dancing teaches you to stoke your own fire of confidence and passion, and how to learn and respond to learning experiences without dredging up reactionary emotions. The moment that you begin to question yourself and your abilities, you are placing mental restrictions on what you believe you can achieve and making it more likely you’ll stumble.
Whether it’s going up on stage for a rehearsal or in front of the office during a meeting, leaping into a new dance move or a new date, what we fear is usually what rewards us most. It’s easy to think that dancers are completely at-ease on stage and comfortable with each of their routines, but the truth is that many dancers still wrestle with butterflies before dancing for large audiences. And each dance move takes practice – which may mean injuries. By learning to cast aside fear and have trust in our capabilities, you might find new hobbies in rock climbing, skydiving, karaoke, or barre exercise classes.
Make A Routine And Stick To It
Dancers maintain a rigorous routine to keep on their A-game, and there’s plenty of good reasons why we all should do the same. While your priorities might be different – meditation, reading, time with family, chores, work duties – it’s important that we decide what to focus our time on and to create a routine that works around that. This might mean you have a daily schedule down to the minute, or it maybe after you put the coffee on you go for a walk with the dog before barre. But if we become too absent within our own lives, they will continue on without us and our personal priorities become neglected. And we’re all friends of taking some down time, but a solid routine can keep you on track and working towards your goals.
Unleash Your Creativity
We all have something in us that drives our creative energy. Whether it’s watercolour, guitar, writing, baking, gardening, or drawing, our creativity is part of our essence. It may not even be something you’re particularly good at, but the ability to express ourselves through unrestricted mediums means that we can begin to access larger parts of our personality that don’t fit into the everyday mould. Dancers are fortunate enough to do this – while the dance sequences may be choreographed, we all know the feeling (or distant memory) of dancing like we’re wild and free, and having the space and the time to do this is great for mental health as well as finding new inspiration.
Pay Attention To The Details
If there’s something you really want to work at, to improve on, or to understand, pay attention to the details. While they might seem finicky, all the pieces of the puzzle will come together and create a brilliant spectacle. Barre classes use the same principles as ballet, incorporating small, repetitive movements done with precision and attention. This attention to the finest points is what propels dancers to be world-renowned for their abilities, and if you learn to focus your energy on what motivates you, you’ll see leaps of improvement.
The mindset of a dancer has been sculpted by years of training and perseverance, and so has their bodies. Use a dancer’s mental habits and combine with it the physical training of barre, and you’ll be walking as tall and gracefully as a ballerina on stage.