Oh What Tangled Webs We Weave....
Fear dancing...the endless and circular web that holds us back...
As I've discussed in previous blog entries, our biggest fears most often hold us back from obstacles. These obstacles, speaking specifically in dance, start where most fears begin-in our heads. The more we think about them, the larger and more terrifying they become. They hold us back from taking the next step in our learning process. Not because we are physically unable to handle them, but because we've created, within our own minds, it's too hard, I might fall, people might laugh, I could get hurt, etc.
However, the MOST important thing we, as dancers, must remember is that we cannot allow these fears to hold us back from advancing. It affects our technique, our advancement, and most importantly, it actually promotes everything we were afraid could happen.
Dancers sometimes fall. The beauty in something like that happening, is that it means they're trying. Dancers, in most classes I've either taught or been a student in, clap for the fallen dancer as it is a sign of the process to advance us forward. You fall, you learned, and you lived! Well done, ballerina!!
Holding back while doing, for example, a pirouette, can be very dangerous for reasons I'm sure your teachers have discussed with you; least of which is falling. This was my Achilles heel. Because of my fear, my poor technique lead to improper alignment of my legs/knees/hips/ankles. Be weary of the proper passé position. Even approaching this movement for pre-pointe/pointe dancers can make for sweaty palms. And that's ok and totally normal!
The key is to remember that ballet is a technique of building blocks. Keeping this mindset alive and true in the classroom will advance your skills properly over time.
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