Everyone’s dance journey is personal—a unique experience for them alone—as is the decision to venture into the performance world or to keep the focus exclusively on social dancing. Here are three types of students who end up loving the performance-oriented worlds of showcases and competitions, but for very different reasons!
For many people, the low-pressure opportunity to make friends as an adult is a strong incentive for learning to dance. Attending classes and going out social dancing are easy, comfortable ways to find community. At first glance, performing doesn’t seem like a natural channel to socializing, but many of our students say that participating in Showcase or starting to compete is what transformed their fellow dancers from acquaintances into “BFFs”. A lot of bonding occurs when you are working toward the common goal of taking your dancing to the stage and cheering each other on!
The Type A
Type A personalities thrive on pressure, and what better way to put on some pressure than the thought, I have to do this in front of hundreds of people!? Setting a goal of performing lends to specific motivation for practice, structure for lessons, and drive to achieve one’s personal best as a dancer. Performing is one of the most sure-fire things you can do to accelerate your progress.
The Memory Collector
Choreographer Merce Cunningham said, “You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back—no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold—nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.” But now we have this magical thing called video, and when you perform, not only will you get to feel so very alive for the moments on stage, but you’ll have a great memento (and proof of your bravery)!
Ready to give performing a try?
Do you think you fit into one of the categories above? Remember, these are just some of the reasons someone might be a good match for the spotlight! There are many joys and benefits of taking on the challenge of a performance, and we encourage you to talk to your instructor (or give us a call and come in for a free introductory session) to find your joy in dancing! If you know you’re ready for the stage, see our Showcase performance opportunities here!