Not everyone has an “A-Type,” detail-oriented personality. A lot of us, especially dancers, are big picture thinkers, dreamers, and creators. I am actually more on the control-freak side of the spectrum, but I can appreciate how learning choreography and putting together things for a performance helps the dreamers learn how to be detail-oriented. I’ve blogged before about how dance teaches responsibility. You are responsible for your shoes, your costumes, your choreography, your schedule. But on a much more specific scale, learning how to prepare for a performance or learning choreography is such good practice for any job one day.
In preparing for recital the admin work is crazy! There are about a million things to think of at once, and it will be inevitable that I forget something, even with all my lists. But, I can appreciate in this moment how learning to pack my performance bag for recital as a young dancer prepared me for this eventual job requirement. Did I troubleshoot every scenario? Did I ask for feedback from others to make sure I haven’t forgotten a prop? Do I have a timeline ready to go for recital to day ensure that I’m in the right place at the right time?
On a different note, learning choreography is a another kind of detail exercise for the brain. When “cleaning” a dance, we make sure that everyone looks the same at the same time. Tiny details matter like fingers, focus and toes. This level of attention brings a body awareness that few people have the privilege of learning. This comes into play in my adult life outside of teaching dance when I am exercising, driving, or doing any other activity that requires an acute spatial awareness.
Here’s to hoping that this lesson helps our dancers be great in school, in clubs and in their jobs one day! Interested in joining us? Summer classes start June 18th.