Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Learning from the Pros

At Awesome Ballet School, we are sometimes treated with company members from Awesome Ballet Company attending class, and sometimes even teaching class (especially in layoff season). In these moments you get to experience, up close and personal, someone for whom dance is their entire life. It's their livelihood, their daily routine, and their all-consuming Great Love. I love taking class from company members, because the focus tends to be less on technique and more on expressing joy through your movement. I'm not saying technique isn't important, especially to beginners, but when you're an Adult Recreational Dancer, the whole emotion side of dance tends to fall by the wayside.

Last night we had an Awesome Ballet Company member in our intermediate class. Although we never spoke a word, she definitely taught me a few important lessons:

  1. Always smile. At barre, in center, even when you screw up, smile.
  2. Be humble. Even though she was by far the most talented person in class, she still refused to go first across the floor or stand in front during center. Why? She wanted to give others a chance.
  3. Focus on the basics. She even stuck around for about half of our beginning pointe class after technique class. Why? Because even professional ballerinas need to work on the fundamentals.


  1. Hi there! I've just recently found your blog and I really enjoy reading it! I LOVE the title. So punny! :) It must have be so amazing getting to watch the pros up close!!! :) Good lessons to share especially about being humble. Just makes you love them even more.

    I'm happy I found your blog because I wouldn't have been able to nominate you for a Liebster award!!!! It's just a way to pay it forward and recognize great blogs. :) Thank you for being awesome!

  2. Hi again! I forgot to mention that you can check out the details of the Liebster award here: http://www.thetravelingdancer.com/liebster-loving/

    In case you're interested!