General Dance Discussion > What would you say to yourself as a beginner?

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by Groove On, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. Groove On

    Groove On New Member

    So if you could go back, what would you say to yourself as a beginner dancer?
  2. Lioness

    Lioness Well-Known Member

    "Don't waste 5 years at a bad studio. Time to move"
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  3. bia

    bia Well-Known Member

    "Being frugal when you're a student is great, but one pair of dance shoes is not going to break you. Get out of those street shoes right now."
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  4. SwayWithMe

    SwayWithMe Well-Known Member

    Coach asked the same question at her dance camp a few months ago!

    I would explain that learning to dance is a journey, that things will need to be revisited and revised many times, because we do not have the technique necessary to get them "right" the first time and because words are a very inaccurate method of conveying physical action and sensation. We need to be kind to ourselves and realize that we weren't "wrong" in our prior understanding, we were doing the best we knew, and the opportunity to improve is a very good thing. :)
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  5. Hedwaite

    Hedwaite Well-Known Member

    "Nobody looks decent in that much turquoise."
    "He's not your friend. Turn around and walk away, right now."
    "Your dance partner will develop an unholy addiction to print shirts."
    "That year you tried to learn to like stuff just to fit in isn't going to work, because your personality still blows."
    "Be ready to make a lot of friends twenty years older than you."
    "Your Latin won't always gargle- someday, someone will actually appreciate the work you've put into it, because they'll be able to see your hard work instead of just your size."
    "You will actually polka. And like it."
    "Doesn't matter what choreo you come up with- if your pivots are crap and your head weight is like a cat in a dryer, it will look ridiculous."
  6. snapdancer

    snapdancer Well-Known Member

    "Be ready to make a lot of friends twenty years older than you."

    ... or 20 years younger than you. (or more:):().
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  7. N.G.

    N.G. New Member

    Fall seven times and stand up eight. Never give up!
  8. leee

    leee Well-Known Member

    Well said! Because non-dance muggles won't remember the failures from 1-7 if you really hit the 8. :D
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  9. sbrnsmith

    sbrnsmith Well-Known Member

    I would just tell my beginner self- learn dance and don't get involved with your dance teacher
  10. RiseNFall

    RiseNFall Well-Known Member

    Start learning how to put on makeup NOW, cause hard as it is to believe, you are going to end up wanting to participate in events where you need about 10 times as much as you normally wear.
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  11. GGinrhinestones

    GGinrhinestones Well-Known Member

    Don't forget to have fun. There will come a time when this will get very, very hard but you will get through it and the journey is SO worth it. So enjoy it, and know that you really do love it, and don't be afraid to show it.
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  12. nikkitta

    nikkitta Well-Known Member

    How do you know if your Latin *does* "gargle"? :confused: o_O
  13. dbk

    dbk Well-Known Member

    Don't... don't do that with the bronze eyeshadow. You look like a crack addict.
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  14. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    Be patient with the process.

    Enjoy the process.

    Don't be in such a hurry to move up a level.

    Spend money wisely.
  15. Loki

    Loki Well-Known Member

    While you will hopefully have good relationships with your teacher (s), it's a *business*, not a marriage.
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  16. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    Listen to your teachers, but also trust and know yourself. They have the benefit of years of experience, but their way may not be yours.

    Don't listen to the negative voices that insist you can't do x, or that goal y is impossible. If you want it, and are willing to work for it, you can make it happen.

    And buy shoes that fit. Doesn't matter if they're cheap(er)... if they don't fit right, you'll ditch them and buy the more expensive pair anyway.
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  17. JudeMorrigan

    JudeMorrigan Well-Known Member

    "Don't buy a house. Put that money into Apple stock instead".

    Oh, wait. You mean what would I tell myself about *dancing*. In that case it would probably be something about the importance of quality instruction and the pointlessness of doing things in half measures.
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  18. novemberecho

    novemberecho Member


    "listen to your teacher but trust your intuition"
  19. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    Learn the basics reeaaallllyyyyyyyyyy well
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  20. stash

    stash Well-Known Member

    Find a lady coach sooner. Men know what they want out of a frame but don't always know how to convey how to get what they want to feel from you properly. Lady coaches know how to accurately describe how lady frame should feel.
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