What would you say to yourself as a beginner?

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

  1. Dancing Irishman

    Dancing Irishman Well-Known Member

    Your first teacher and your first partner are unlikely to suit you forever. And that's ok, you'll still learn a ton from the process.
     
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  2. tancos

    tancos Active Member

    Good posture is more important than choreography.
     
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  3. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    you may fall in love with dance, you may think that you are likewise in love with your teacher....be warned, ignore it.....it is common and not real....

    you are the consumer....don't pay for things that you don't want

    be informed, don't hand over your power to the teacher just because they are the expert in dance....you are the expert on you and your wallet...

    set a budget...don't violate that

    pick a pro who can teach you how to dance alone and has answers to your questions...if you can't do it alone, you haven't really learned it...you are just enjoying someone else's skill

    don't pick a pro who constantly wants to assess the kind of person they think you are...sure sign that they don't have anything left to teach you...

    don't dance somewhere where you can't pay for one lesson at a time

    don't assume responsibility for your teacher's financial well-being

    don't pick a teacher who is effusively praising you but don't pick one who treats you like a burden and doesn't praise you when they should

    don't think that either will change if you just have one more talk about it

    don't mistake friendliness for friendship and don't think you that you can buy the latter....just because you can usually buy the former...

    learn posture, technique, balance, courage, artistry and power....steps are over-rated

    be patient with your progress and yet impatient enough to ensure it

    understand that competition results can be a reflection of many things...be good enough and smart enough to know what that means and find objective people to help you navigate it......

    don't retain a pro who doesn't return calls promptly (within a week) or answer emails or one who calls off frequently...it is an indicator of their lack of committment to your dancing and reflects a low degree of personal responsibility



    just for starters
     
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  4. novemberecho

    novemberecho Member

    sounds like you could write a book fasc!
     
  5. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    you would be amazed at how often I am told that over a variety of topics that intersect in life....it may happen someday...shrug....
     
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  6. leee

    leee Well-Known Member

    Fasc's Big Book of a Variety of Topics That Intersect In Life.
     
  7. Loki

    Loki Well-Known Member

    I think she just did. And it was well-written indeed. I think it's all right there.

    Actually, I think I'm going to print that out and laminate it for my dancebag as a steady reminder.
     
  8. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    Be sure to print out a check and send it to fasc too
     
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  9. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I was thinking of simply: "Crap I've Learned the Hard Way".....but yours would probably be more marketable ....but I am mulling it over...with chapters on grief, romantic relationships, theology, dance, parenting, sex, friendship....
     
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  10. leee

    leee Well-Known Member

    Don't forget a chapter on shoes! That'll really rope in the dance crowd.
     
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  11. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    Romantic relationships dance and sex. So three chapters on sex :eek::cool: just kidding
     
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  12. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I am not a shoe girl...nnothing to say there
     
  13. leee

    leee Well-Known Member

    Actually your title has that punchy, pungent, no-BS title that has the same sort of appeal as the Dummies books.
     
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  14. leee

    leee Well-Known Member

    That was a short chapter, thanks for the free preview, anyhow! :D
     
  15. Loki

    Loki Well-Known Member

    Bling. Don't leave out bling.
     
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  16. stash

    stash Well-Known Member

    Let us know when it's on pre-order ;)
     
  17. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    lol...no pre-orders...not putting you guys through that again :)
     
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  18. leee

    leee Well-Known Member

    "Don't stick you butt out, it looks terrible."

    Scratch that one, it's something I still have to say to myself.
     
  19. Loki

    Loki Well-Known Member

    Depends on the butt. :hungry::D
     
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  20. Wannabee

    Wannabee Well-Known Member

    It will be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. Be ready for a relentless pursuit of perfection that will never come because it can take a toll on the unsuspecting. Best to prepare the psyche ahead of time. There will be laughter, tears, the accomplishment of things never drempt possible, and heartbreaking realizations of things that will never be, but it will definitely bring a better understanding of what it means to truly enjoy being alive.

    That is what I would tell my beginner self. Still applies today.
     
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