How to express myself better in my dancing class?

by Bridgit
(Estonia)

Hello, I have danced contemporary for a year now, and the improvement I have made… well it's just amazing.. but when I go to my dance class... I just can't express myself the way I do at home....I have loads of potential... but it's just stuck inside of me... what to do ?!

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Dec 15, 2012
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear Bridgit,

First of all, don't worry about that situation because that is something that happens to many dancers. When we dance alone, at our pace, at home or at a place that we're used to, we're usually more relaxed and outgoing. Therefore, we are likely to achieve a better display of our skills.

There may be different reasons for you to dance differently in the dance class. You may be experiencing some degree of shyness (even unconsciously), the specific class may include new content that you're just assimilating, the room or situation may be less comfortable than the one you're used to, etc.

I'd recommend you to simply keep studying and dancing. Time will bring both the confidence you need and an improvement of your skills.

Not giving too much importance to what others think of how you dance may also help to go over this situation; you will never know what everybody thinks of your dancing style and that will not improve your skills anyway, so try to keep some psychological distance from any type of audience to attain some self security. It is normal that we feel intimidated while being observed but you will get used to that in time too.

Besides, you've only danced for a year, which is a short time for a dancing career. So don't be impatient and continue taking your classes and studying with discipline. That is the key to become a great dancer.

If what you feel is more like a 'creative block', that can be solved by using strategies, like documenting your self in the search for inspiration or asking your teacher for some creative guidelines. Again, practicing and trying with persistence will show you the way.

Keep going on... you’ll see ;-).

Maria

P.S.: Sorry for the great delay to answer. I was on holidays and just came back... ;--)

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