You’d better bring it with you
The one item you MUST bring with you
Before you had to class, there’s something you mustn’t forget. It’s not your dance shoes, water, or kneepads.
It’s your thoughts, or rather, the right thoughts. Four of them in particular:
Everyone’s crown is a different color: As I was telling my class recently: my leg doesn’t go super high. I have never been strong at turns, and a lower back injury has caused constant issues for me, yet here they were in my class, learning. Did my low leg, wobbly turns, or pesky back stop them? No. I have so much to offer as a teacher. I love teaching, I deeply care about my dancers, I have a brilliant choreographic mind, my style is 100% my own. Inside my class, every single dancer has something they can do better than I can, and that has no bearing on my credibility as a teacher. Each time you enter the studio, remember, Julie and I have always celebrated you. We’ve all spoken of crowns, and they’re not all identical. You have something that’s only yours. So does the person dancing next to you. Otherwise, we’d all be doing the robot.
Gratitude: Your Body
Wondrous, wondrous body: As anyone who’s been injured or gotten older can tell you: it is a wonder to dance. It is something to marvel at. It is sheer beauty. My gosh you guys, we are DANCERS. The word itself carries such a heavy reverence. Illness, injury, tragedy, and oppression prevent so many people from doing what we get to do. Your beautiful body walked you into the studio. How fortunate we are.
This space: 400,000 people in Riverside, and here is our little tribe, in our beautiful little space, taking part in what we love. Where would we go without this studio? Or any studio? Take a look at the faces you encounter every week and give a moment of gratitude for each of them. We have this space and each other, and most do not.
Temple: Dance technique is a combination of habit, perseverance, effort, openness to correction, and taking care of the body. It’s a relationship between your body and brain, and you are the mediator. Facilitate well: make sure your body is taken care of properly, make sure your brain is directed properly, and like an orchestra conductor, as you strike the balance between the two, you will find beautiful things unfolding before you.