Learning Dance As An Adult – I first joined BALADS in the second semester of my first year. I decided to join, simply because I wanted to and because I thought it would be cool to learn to dance. To tell you the truth, I had my eye on joining the company since the beginning of the year, but self-doubt kept me from doing it for the longest time. I managed to come up with excuse after excuse. You are too old to learn to dance. You should concentrate on your studies. You won’t know anyone in the company. Maybe you should stick to the things you are already good at to avoid embarrassment. And the list goes on.
Fortunately, my eagerness to learn to dance eventually won out and I found myself nervously pacing the discussion room during my first lesson. While this is a step in the right direction, it’s important to remember that I was nineteen years old with absolutely zero dance experience. To make matters worse, I was neither musical nor athletic. I didn’t even have experience performing in front of a large group of people. Needless to say, I was a recipe for disaster.
Learning Dance As An Adult
Unsurprisingly, I found the first few months of ballroom and Latin American to be excruciatingly difficult. It was like learning to walk all over again. There were so many things I had to learn in a short time: timing, choreography, technique and performance. All the BALADS teachers and members were so kind. Again and again I was taught how to make basic figures. Although I really appreciated it, I felt like I was wasting her time because my brain just wasn’t picking up on the choreography. When someone gave me advice on technique, my body couldn’t physically do what my mind wanted it to do. I had no core strength and often lost control of my body. My balance was horrible too. I also had to constantly stop the teacher in the group classes to get them to go through the steps that only I struggled with. Even then I still couldn’t do it and I felt like I was holding everyone else back in the class. And worst of all, the other dancers made it look so easy and I didn’t understand where I was going wrong. I was angry, frustrated and often on the verge of tears. It was too late for me to learn to dance. Why did I even try?
Classes — Teresa Blee Dance
But for all the frustration I felt, there was something about the dance that was so compelling. Every time I thought about quitting, I somehow found myself back in a practice room to try again. It is true that my dance is very difficult. Still, that’s exactly why I loved it so much. Slowly but surely I started to learn how to count music intuitively. It finally made sense to me to travel on a different foot in the ballroom each time, and eventually I was able to isolate different parts of my body in Latin as my body awareness improved. The movement to the beat of the music began to feel more natural and I began to build muscle memory with the correct technique. It is true that learning to dance as an adult is extremely challenging. However, the satisfaction you get from seeing the smallest improvements outweighs any frustration felt during the initial learning process. After all, as Theodore Roosevelt once said, nothing in this world is worth striving for unless it means effort, pain and difficulty.
Within a few months, dancing went from the most frustrating thing in the world to something I absolutely love and adore. With the improvement came an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Dancing is something that gives me purpose. No one else made me work hard on my dancing. I went to classes and signed up for competitions, just because I wanted to. Dance is something I chose to do for myself because of the happiness and joy it brings to my life.
Although my progress is still extremely slow, I accept that it is much harder for an adult to train their body to do something it is not used to doing. That’s why I learned to be patient with myself. I keep reminding myself that I will eventually do it in the near future as long as I keep practicing what it takes. Dancing also encouraged me to face the things I didn’t like so much about myself. For example, my fear of failure, perfectionism and my extreme reluctance to make mistakes. Through the lessons and private lessons I learned to accept constructive criticism and compare myself only to my last performance. I also learned about self-compassion and recognizing that I don’t expect myself to perform as well in the competition as I actually do. I really got to know myself through dance. I proved to myself that now I can do something that I thought was impossible.
The best thing about ballroom and Latin is that you share all the highs and lows with your dance partner. Through the partner dance I learned a lot about boundaries, mutual respect and compassion for each other. I learned that my partners were human too (shock!) and that I shouldn’t expect them to dance perfectly all the time. Actually, I shouldn’t have the same expectations of myself. Most importantly, partnerships taught me the importance of teamwork. When you get the results you wanted, you always have someone else to celebrate with. And if you don’t succeed as you hoped, you have someone there to support you and together you will try to improve.
Marlborough Dance Studios
Let me tell you: this is an experience like no other. It’s a feeling you’ll never truly understand unless you try it yourself.
When I compete on a big dance floor, time seems to stop completely, all I hear is my heart beating and the blood flowing in my veins. The music plays and the melody fades out only to reveal the pulsing beat of the music. I feel that my partner initiates a subtle movement and I am able to respond intuitively. Soon the other competitors fade into the background. And the only people in the room are you and your partner. A big smile spreads across my face and I know this is exactly where I belong. I forget everything for ninety seconds, including all the tears I shed and all the frustration I felt up to that moment. I feel a sense of satisfaction and pride at how far I have come. Above all, I remember that I am here because I want to be. The dance floor feels like home and there I completely connect with myself.
The magic of dance is there to share and if you haven’t already, I hope one day you will too!
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Each time I blamed myself for taking such a serious approach to dance at my age. That was the thought in my head: “Why did you decide you could do this? You’re too old. Even those who start at age 5 don’t all do it. Why are you spending so much time doing something that you’ll never become a professional? Your life is writing, you Introvert, stop dancing and focus on sitting in front of the laptop.
I’m older and my serious (almost professional) attitude to dance didn’t really come together in my head. And I stopped dancing for 5 years.
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