When I was the captain on Texas Pom I would have to write packing lists for our trips. Being that college is that “in-between” phase of being wholly independent and still somewhat a child, we held each other accountable to remember things like costume pieces, pajamas, retainers, the right shoes to wear, etc. On mornings where we had to get up at the crack of dawn for appearances we would self-assign a buddy to text or call each other in the morning to make sure we were up. We took all the experiences we had in school and dance growing up and helped each other be responsible, and we built valuable life skills for adulthood. That was the first time that there was no parent to wake us up or check our check lists.
These lessons were being taught to us all along on our dance teams and school teams as we matured. Even my mini team has to have all the right shoes and costume pieces for competition, right? Maybe mom helps a lot right now, but they are starting to learn how to prepare for something, remember details, and execute detailed directions. It’s one thing to have to remember your sports uniform, shoes and a few pieces of equipment. It’s entirely another to have to fill a huge duffle bag full of 4-5 pieces per costume, make up, earrings, 4-5 pairs of shoes, a cover up, etc.
I think this makes dancers logical thinkers, problem solvers, and detailed workers. We generally listen to directions well and are good planners. Of course, this perspective is all coming from someone with an “A-type,” organized personality, but I think even our dreamers are very responsible. Isn’t it great when your creative passions can also teach you such practical life lessons? I think so. Interested in starting your dance journey? Click here to download a free trial coupon.