Not every dance student who starts out in a beginner class will make it to an intermediate level. Only a choice few of those who get to an intermediate level will end up becoming advanced students. Those who rise to the highest levels in their schools tend to develop some unique character qualities that put them at a distinct advantage. This final article (see Part 1 & 2) will detail some of these positive habits and character qualities demonstrated by highly successful dancers.
Character Qualities of Top Dance Students
1. Practice excellent hygiene, such as wiping away any sweat you leave behind on the dance floor or any piece of equipment.
2. Avoid taking classes that are too advanced. This may seem like a strange characteristic to include in a list of qualities of highly successful students. The reason is to show consideration for others. You don’t want to slow a class down when you aren’t yet at a level where you can keep up with the rest of the class.
3. Don’t allow yourself to stop during class when you feel frustrated by a difficult challenge. It’s inconsiderate to interrupt the class in this way, and it will throw everyone else off. Instead, learn to control your emotions so you don’t overreact to disappointments.
4. Learn to be content with whatever space you find yourself occupying on the floor.
5. If another dancer moves in onto what you consider “your territory,” make room for them. There’s no sense in getting into a disagreement over space. Simply find a different spot and keep on going.
6. When someone demonstrates for the class, be polite and give them your attention, respect, and applause.
7. Always give thanks to those who deserve it at appropriate times. This would include thanking the musician who accompanies the class as well as the instructor. Don’t forget to show your appreciation after each class.
8. Try not to bump into other dancers. If you accidentally do, simply apologize.
9. Don’t give unsolicited opinions about the choreography. Remember that you’re not in charge of the class.
10. Allow the instructor to offer corrections to those who are making mistakes. Don’t butt in when it’s not your place to do so. Chances are such corrections may not be well received from a peer.
11. Don’t use a phone or camera to make recordings unless you have already asked for and gotten permission in advance.
12. Be respectful of other dancers’ time and the instructor’s time. Don’t ask for individual help on anything that will take up a significant amount of class time. Take the time to seek out that help outside of class time.
Remembering to treat others the way you wish to be treated will go a long way when it comes to advancing in the world of dance. As you move up through the ranks through years of faithful attendance at classes, diligent practice, and adoption of these helpful tips, other students will naturally begin to look up to you. Those who are not as experienced as you are will imitate your example. You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re pointing them in the right direction.