No matter what it is, if we want to be good at something, it takes commitment and hard work. If I want to be good at my job, I must make the commitment and then follow through by doing the work. If I want to have a relationship with someone, I have to commit to them and put the work (yes, it’s work) in to make it happen. If I want to be a really good dancer, then I have to commit to that goal and put in the work. This is true for anything……ANYTHING!!
When working to become a dancer, does talent help? Yes, it can help, but all the talent in the world doesn’t take the place of hard work. If you have talent, it may be easier for you to improve faster, but you still need to put in the work or the talent will never reach its full potential. We have to commit a lot to be a good dancer – time, money, energy, etc. I was lucky enough to start dancing when I was young, and yes, it’s a bit easier to learn when we are younger. I am still learning though. I still have to put all of the work in that anyone else does to continue to grow as a dancer. A lot of you started to learn how to dance when you were older – this can present some challenges, but if you put in the work, you can keep improving. I have seen all types of dancers of all ages over the years who have reached their goals. I have also seen extremely talented dancers who have wasted that talent. They thought they could do the minimum and still become great, but they needed to do much more.
As dancers, we need help to improve and learn. That’s why we go to our instructors and coaches. When we commit to working with a coach or instructor, we are saying that we will listen to what they say, we will do what they want us to do, and we will work hard to accomplish the goals that they help us set. We need to be as consistent with our attendance as possible, be as attentive as possible, and we need to be working as hard as we can. It is not just enough to be there and paying attention, but practice is also important. The body needs repetition to change or create a habit.
It doesn’t matter how talented you are or how long you have been dancing, we all need to know what we want and work hard to get there. Use your instructors and coaches as the wonderful resources that they are, and make sure that you put all your effort into it! Everyone will want to get to a different level of expertise. There is nothing wrong with just wanting to be a good social dancer. It’s actually quite a difficult thing to achieve. Either way, when working toward your goal you must commit to want you want and follow it up with hard work!!! Enjoy the process and keep it up!!!