Thursday, March 4, 2010
7 Traits that Successful Dancers Share
What makes a dancer successful?
Below is a list of the 7 traits that I think most successful dancers share. If you would really like to just get up and dance when you hear music, remembering these qualities--or maybe putting them into practice--might help enhance your performance.
Self-confidence is definitely the most important quality someone should possess before performing anything, not just dancing. Before you can go out there in public, you have to work on building your self-esteem if it is low. Confidence can be improved, and nowadays there are many ways in which people can do it. This is the key to your success--believe in yourself!
By definition, fun means a source of amusement, enjoyment, and pleasure. Dancing is supposed to be fun. Go make the best of it when you are on the dance floor. Don't act or look like you are there by force. It just doesn't look good. So if you are boring or are bored by dancing, then it's not going to work. Just be fun and have fun.
You have to absolutely love what you are doing. Dancing has to be felt internally. Nobody can tell you what you need to do, and you can't just wake up the next morning loving dancing; you must be born with it or acquire it with time. Once you do have the passion in you, dance like there is no tomorrow. Let the music move your body and then let it get in your blood.
Determination flows from passion. If you have passion for something, you will become determined to be or have the best. Don't aim for perfection; no one can be perfect; but aim to be the best you can be as an individual.
By this, I don't mean that you must be an extrovert per se, but rather show a love of dance onstage.
You also can be an extroverted performer but more of an introvert offstage. As an introvert, I've found that it has never interfered with my dancing at all. I love the stage. It's where I can express emotions and feel free.I know other introverts who shine on the stage. I believe that acting a part can be acquired and that if you love what you do, it will show. It is your personality onstage that people see, not the one offstage. In other words, you can be an introvert who is an extrovert when it comes to performing.
The most successful dancers are those that don't let achievements go to their heads. Instead, they always are eager to learn from other dancers, choreographers, etc. Humility makes anyone pleasant to be around, and not having a big ego will endear you to casting directors.
Having a pleasant personality certainly will get you farther than an unpleasant one, no matter what you do. I'd say that, in dancing, it helps to develop your own unique strengths and use them to their best advantage. Having a balanced lifestyle and healthy eating habits are also important.
6. THICK SKIN
Some dancers may not have this quality, but if they don't, they should. There will always be criticism. A dancer must be able to take in positive feedback and repel the unconstructive one. I don't necessarily mean that a dancer shouldn't listen to "negative" comments by critics who genuinely think that an improvement can be made. Criticism doesn't always have to be positive and all sugar-coated; in fact, the negative comments are the ones that make us improve and make our skin a little bit thicker. What I mean here is that there will be some criticism that is practically based on nothing; they are simply unjustifiably harmful comments.
Another trait of a successful dancer is creativity. Most dancers have their unique style and signature moves, but at the same time they always look for ways to break the routine and come up with something new. They are constantly discovering new ideas and concepts to apply to their dancing. Just like music, acting is connected with dancing in a way because a dancer must also improvise. When doing choreographed routines and mistakes are made, a dancer should be able to pull it off and make it look like it is just part of the choreography. People who are creative by nature, will do certain things in a more natural way because their unconscious mind automatically perceives it and takes action. But as always, a person can be shaped into a behavior. There is that artificial creativity that can be nurtured by watching and learning from different types of dances all around the world.
There are other abilities, such as flexibility, grace, physical strength, and training, that while they won't necessarily help us dance like no one is watching when we don't have it in us, they will most definitely help us improve our dancing skills and approval in front of an audience. By improving our dancing skills, we gain more confidence; by doing this, we can dance like no one is watching.