Multi-tasking. Blessing or curse? Sometimes I try to take on way too many things at one time, when focusing on one thing at a time may actually be more productive. However, as a business owner, it is necessary to multi-task often and well. Small business owners are definitely not the only ones whose brains have to work a million miles an hour; ask a parent of 3… or 1… how many things they are thinking at once! Sometimes I am amazed at what our incredible dance parents can accomplish for their kids. Kudos. I digress…
Dance can help train our brains to take on mass amounts of information and process them them quickly. Here is one interpretation of what is going through a dancer’s head while doing a pirouette (you may have seen this on a popular meme floating around):
“Okay, make sure you start in a turned out fourth and a nice plié and really snap that leg up into passé as quickly as you can and don’t leave your arms behind you and when you turn, don’t forget to really squeeze your core muscles and your seat muscles and you want to keep your standing leg straight and use it to push down into the floor and keep your arms up and your shoulders down so you feel your obliques working and before you come down really squeeze your muscles to stay up in passé as long as you can and then bring your leg down all the way before you land in plié… OH and don’t forget to spot…”
And all of that happens in a matter of around 1 second or less. While making intentional brain-body connections is a huge part of training your mind to tell your body how to multi-task, this is a lesson that translates into so many useful tools for life. Interested in starting your dance journey? Click here.