The day after a long weekend competition, it's natural to reflect on your dancers' performance and the results achieved. Maybe they did exceptionally well, or perhaps it wasn't their best day. Regardless of the outcomes, it's crucial not to let competition results overshadow the most valuable lessons that can be learned from these experiences.
As a dance educator, one of the most profound and lasting lessons you can impart to your dancers is the importance of appreciating and celebrating the art form itself and the dedication of others who share the same passion. Beyond the glittering trophies and accolades, there lies a world of growth, gratitude, and valuable life lessons.
So, how can you ensure that these lessons are not lost in the midst of competition fervor? Here are some meaningful post-competition reflections and conversations to engage your dancers in:
WARNING: these reflections or conversations won’t work if you are not totally confident in your own work and abilities.
- Favorite Pieces from Other Schools: Begin by asking your dancers about their favorite performances from other schools or competitors. Encourage them to reflect on what they admired in those performances, whether it's the choreography, technique, storytelling, or stage presence. This exercise fosters appreciation for the diverse talents and creativity within the dance community.
- Sharing Positive Feedback: Share your own observations about the competition, highlighting something specific that impressed you in another school's performance. By modeling this behavior, you set an example of generosity and positivity that your dancers can emulate.
- Areas for Improvement: Take them to an honesty level, ask your dancers what aspects of their performances need improvement. Encourage them to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses honestly. This practice of self-assessment promotes self-awareness and growth.
- Gratitude for the Art: Take a moment to discuss the value of dance as an art form. Remind your students that dance is about expressing emotions, telling stories, and connecting with others through movement. Emphasize that competitions are just one aspect of their dance journey, and the true essence of dance extends far beyond the event.
- Appreciating Others: Teach your dancers the importance of celebrating the achievements of their peers, even when they are competing against them. Encourage them to express admiration and respect for the hard work and dedication put forth by others in the dance community.
By engaging in these post-competition conversations, you help your dancers develop not only as performers but as individuals with a unique appreciation for the art of dance and the value of respect, and gratitude. These are the life lessons that will endure long after their dancing days are over.
Remember, it takes confidence and a strong sense of self to appreciate and celebrate the accomplishments of others. By instilling these values in your students, you're nurturing not only skilled dancers but also compassionate and empathetic individuals who can make a positive impact on the world through their love for dance.
Have an awesome day and enjoy the journey—Rhee Gold
Rhee Gold, a veteran in the field of dance education, has dedicated over five decades to this art form. As the child of a dance teacher and studio owner, his passion for dance ignited early. Over the years, he has contributed significantly to the dance community through his roles as an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Notable accomplishments include publishing Dance Studio Life magazine and writing influential columns. Rhee Gold's experience and insights have made him a trusted figure for dance teachers, studio owners, and enthusiasts worldwide, emphasizing the profound impact of dance education.