Corrections = Compliments
As a dancer moves through their progression in dance and baton they end up getting into more and more intensive classes, both in technique and choreography. As each dancer excels to the next level what ends up happening is that small flaws in technique that were acceptable in a lower level are now no longer okay. Think of it like when kid’s are in kindergarten and are learning to write, mis-spelling words is okay because the goal is to have them try but as they move into 2nd or 3rd grade, the teacher is focusing on not just what they are writing but how they are writing. So, what does this mean? This means that each dancer can expect to have more personalized corrections headed their way throughout each class.
This especially rings true in a technique class. Corrections from a teacher are often seen from students that they are doing something wrong and bad. In one sense this is true, the dancers are doing something “wrong” however, I like to think of it as something that isn’t quite correct. When I see a dancer that is at this high level with so much potential, I can’t help myself but try to make them better than even they thought they could be. With this comes giving them corrections that achieve this goal. Many times dancers can feel as though they are getting called out in class or that the teacher doesn’t like them, but in fact it is the exact opposite!
Yes, it can absolutely feel overwhelming to receive corrections in front of fellow students, but really this is a compliment. What we hope each student feels is that they are so good and the teacher recognizes their talent and is trying to make them better. Often when I give a student a correction in class, other students are listening and want to also get corrections to be better, so they apply that correction. Then when they get feedback it is something new! This only propels all students in the class and makes the entire class so much better. So the next time you get “called out” in class to make an adjustment to your technique, don’t think that you are a “bad” dancer….instead, think that you are a very good dancer who is now even better than you were at the beginning of the combination. After all our goals are the same, to see you achieve and be the best you can be!