What I’ve learned at summer intensive

We’re going into week 4 of 5 for summer intensive, and I’d like to take a moment to share some of the unique things I’ve learned with all you at summer intensive this year!

You can’t think of ballet in tips and tricks.  Often times I try to find a system or a specific way to improve my dancing.  But, I don’t realize that ballet training is a learning curve in itself – you can’t develop a perfect plan to improve.  Often times a correction will apply to your dancing in general…or your teacher will give a speech that is impossible to summarize into a robotic bullet point in your corrections notebook.  The information you receive is often a more general mindset or an experience that you will not be able to fully absorb if you are trying to condense it into a specific note.  So, stop trying to micromanage, and just let this journey happen.

It is impossible to define what makes one dancer better than another.  This has been my mystery for the entire summer…what makes one dancer stand out at an audition and another dancer fall through the cracks?  For the life of me I can’t figure it out.  I’ve been watching videos of different dancers and analyzing, taking notes, but there is just one thing about this one dancer that makes them different…and it is impossible to define. I have come to the conclusion that I must stop trying to define this aspect and just find what makes me stand out as opposed to somebody else.  Which brings me to my next point…

Ballet is unfair.  Some dancers have that indescribable stage presence.  Some dancers have a naturally perfect quadruple en pointe every time, and some dancers have the highest jump you’ve ever seen.  You can’t have it all, remember.  Your strengths and weaknesses are what make you unique.

Start at the barre.  This seems so obvious and like everybody says it, but it is because it’s true.  An analysis of your technique at the barre and your placement can really tell a teacher what technical mistakes and difficulties you will have in the center. If you can spend some time and money to get a private ballet lesson with one of your teachers, it can really benefit your overarching technique.

I hope you found this interesting and learned something new.  See you next time!

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