perspective of dance, Journey in tracking your development.
By Derek Vuong on 20/02/2112
Understanding Dance and
yourself. Don't be discouraged
As the reader of this article, you may have your own unique and
experiences of dancing. Some may be negative or positive depending on
your personal choices and attitudes. Your experience may vary from
seeing performers at a
friend's wedding party, to being forced kicking and screaming by a
friend onto the floor, or watching celebrity dancers on television
enjoy the attention. In any of those ways, the act of dancing envokes
the emotion for people who watch
and appreciate the artform or personally perform the act of dancing for
the benefit of others.
Negative experiences of dancing may traumatise an individual and
discourage a person for life attemtping to dance. This could be the
form of being embarassed or the fear of what others may think. Positive
experiences could be a love for someone you were entranced by whom is a
dancer that compells the head over heels chase, or a natural love for
dance that compells the person
to keep pushing themselves to feel, improve and understand themselves
higher spiritual level. A general rule of learning dance is to never be
challenge as it is put in front of you as a opportunity and tool of
path to a freedom of expression
Dancing is a purely natural action that develops from winning the
battle against oppression. Animals are known to use dancing as
a form of communication and courtship. Humans use dancing as a form of
self expression and communication of ideas. In dance you can express
varying emotions such as passion and love, anger and frustration,
confidence and creativity. In
it's fundamental form, dance is motion. So what does determines if a
is or is not considered dancing? The key is Dancing matches and shows
the internal music dialogue. Dancing and
music go hand in hand as a expression of soul. When the body hears
music it is compelled to move and dance naturally like a resonance
through the whole body. When a body feels music it moves naturally to
dancing and it comes out in the form of a spontaneous motion, the
closer it can get
to this natural motion, the closer the individual develops clarity in
the mind to body connection of their higher self.
When we are born, we
are kids that are full of energy, we know how to dance, jump and play.
We are then conditioned to be contextually well behaved, sit down and
stand up on command, do math with numbers and do gymnatstics with
letters. We are taught with music in only the key of "C". That by the
time we hear complex and beautiful music we not only do not know how to
react to it we shun it from our lives. Only until we have really been
conditioned to be bored, braindead and obedient. that they beleive that
we are suitable for working like robots to serve the system. The only
concession we get is friday off so we can have something mediorce and
controlled to look forward to at the end of the week. Many people
resort to drinking and sinful expression to alleviate the stress and
forget. Always remember, We should aim to free to dance, sing and play
when and where we choose to. With dance, nothing else has to matter and
the dancer just has to live in the moment.
Get over your
fear and worry and learn to push your comfort zones
One of the first steps of learning to dance is to not fear the feeling
of fear at all. I
remember when I first started dancing, the whole affair can be quite
daunting, foreign and not knowing what you are doing can be quite
discouraging to a new initiate.
During the initial phases of dancing, I find that people are usually
discouraged from the dancing as they belive it is something
they could never do and that is not within them. I believe everyone can
dance if they unlock their
mindset from holding back and comparing themselves to others (however,
I have come across some serious two
left feet cases in my time, they are rare and I beleive there may be
mental blocks must be taken care of first). By not fearing the
fear and by feeling the fear of embrassment, If you do it anyway, there
will be a reward. One
assurance you can take is every result comes from continued practice.
big rock can always be smashed using a small hammer repetitively. If
that small hammer breaks, It's time to get a new one and keep chipping
away. Persistence pays off in any ability that could become a potential
skill. Practice always inches you closer to perfection and the goal of
perfection may change over the course of time. Any action continued
over a course of time will gradually become more efficient and more
refined and innate. Dancing is no exception to this rule, therefore it
is good to
think of dancing as an ability that gradually gets better the more
practice you get. So the main aim of gaining any skill is expose
yourself to opportunities to develop them and refine, refine, refine.
with your environment and take like a baby duck to water
In order to fast track development, I personally used the practice of
learning to enculturate. What this involves is to surround yourself in
experiences related to the area you wish to develop your skills. If you
want to become a type of person, you must surround yourself in that
type of people who already have the skills you want and utilise the rub
off effect. It is particularly important not to be a draining person on
others especially those who support you. A group of people will usually
share skills and attitudes freely if they are passionate and caring.
Human social groups have their fair share
of politics, shenanigans, pecking order and politically correct and
acceptable behaviour. I believe it is
good to gain skills in socialising effectively and gathering the
whilst avoiding unnecesary politics while retaining youe sovereignty,
sanity and peace with the
group. All this whilst being open minded to new oportunities that may
your new broadened perspective in a better position to see which
pathways you can take. (If that sentence was too complex, read it
again and be sure to make up your own mind and strategy). The main
point is to be
absorbed in environment and traverse it. By operating and working
towards becomming more aware of
yourself within that context, this is what will build up experience.
The main point is to achieve your personal best. Sometimes you may look
to others for guidance or rivalry in competition, but at the end of the
achievements are only to improve and refine you gradually to a better
version of yourself. My personal
experiences of enculturaltion involved actively listening to music,
listening to people and general advice, and surrounding myself with
passionate people whom I
could talk intellectually about dance. Taking up a musical instrument
also aids to
increase musicality. Taking responsibility to mentor other people helps
in personal development too. It is possible to earn your
stripes from dealing with a many people from all walks of
life and gaining the negative and positive experiences in which will
you through to different insights.
and you will learn more
We retain about 80% of what we teach, therefore a ideal way to
track you development is to become a teacher. This may not be for
everyone, as I have found over the years that it takes a particular
type of sharing person and heart to become a teacher for others.
great teacher must be willing to share even skills that will help their
student develop and surpass the teacher's own abilities, But a great
teacher will also teach the
great attitude to their students which allows the student to own their
own knowledge and go out into the world as a positive force not
requiring to be better than everyone else by stepping on toes
metaphorically. I have observed many people get caught up in egotism,
prestige, where the students end up cocky and giving their teachers a
name. By disrespecting others, you essentially disrespect
yourself and the same teachers whom you claim to respect.
A true teacher does
not consciously go out and about tearing people down or being only nice
to their students. A teacher can usually see things a student cannot
from their experience at times. At a point in the middle of
development, I find
a category of students believe they can out manuveur their teachers and
know just enough to still be ignorant of how
little they know. This makes a bad student and should be avoided when
possible. Therefore, one must keep humble and a open mind, and
most importantly always remember what it was like to start from scratch
as a beginner and never judge or discourage anyone else from achieving
Here is a tip, Learn the language of the discipline. Discipline does
not mean control,
it just merely means to comprehend the subject you are engaged in.
Every talent/skill has a language associated with it.
Once a person reaches a certain level of basic development, they only
way to develop further is to learn the language which allows higher
complex development in the art. Whether it be technical speak, personal
insights, philosophy or observation and analysis and synthesis of
ideas. Learning the rules, play by the rules, then learn to bend and
break the rules and come to a balanced middle ground you can accept is
the ultimate midterm goal. All of this
involves practice. Most importantly, there is a need to love what you
do even if times may
be hard or harsh to do so. There were times I personally felt
discouraged by particular experiences and
people, but at times I needed to change my attitude and perspective and
those exact same experiences as self empowerment.
Every individual's experience
will be different and suit their chosen engagement. You will learn when
and where you may to keep an open or closed mind. It is very important
for people to
exercise discernement and choose which experiences to attract and whom
to associate with. By taking this responsibility for your engagement
allows you to
take time away anytime you need to and decide to come back to it when
need to with very little transitional emotion.
Rules, Play, Bend and sometimes Break
I have developed a few ground rules for myself over the years to
improve myself in
- Enjoy the dance and music, things may be crazy at times and when the
marginal benefit outweights the benefit, re-evaluate my enegagement.
Never feel obligated to do what was asked of you without higher consent.
- Find your passion, value your energy. It is ok to love, laugh and
- You don't have to be nice to everyone or even be friends with
everyone. Pleasing the wrong people is a waste of valuable life force.
Discerning who is deserving of energy requires sound judgement. Sound
judgement requires self knowing. Keep a open mind to people and give
them mutual respect or disrespect, see whom they really are before you
decide to subscribe. You may choose your enegagment and have the right
to draw the line with particular people. Every interaction should be a
one on one.
- Be free to express your true voice and proud to express your own
unique opinion, no matter what it is. If it offends, maybe it was to
help others awaken. Do not allow you mood to be dictated by the
negative, chances are the negative have unresolved baggage they will
need to come to terms with at their own pace of their own journey.
- Treat the world like yourself and therefore do not disrespect it as
it would be a direct attack on yourself.
- These rules are not written in concrete and you may use, change or
refine them to suit your own life and lifestyle.
There is no fast track and the fast track is the slow track is the slow
track, this means the fastest and
best way at getting to a point is one of stability, as the shortcuts
may stray you down a garden path. Even if this is the case, the garden
path will eventually leads back to the same point your attitude takes
you. But this does not mean there is one correct way of doing things.
If you are smart enough or lucky enough to find it, there are shortcuts
in understanding that can speed up evolution of a skill.
Be a unique
and never afraid to be an individual functioning in a collective
As with a painting is an artform that takes years of mastery to produce
a great result, so does dancing. Be a unique expression, we were all
born different, not to learn how to be the same, but more to help each
other bring out each other person's best. Sometimes, you may feel like
subscribing to groupthink, It may even help you develop youself. But
essentially you will come to the point you would rather surround
yourself in people who accept you for whom you are. When you dance, do
not be afraid to express a bad movement as it could be refined to be a
great one over repetition and correcting. Learning some principles can
help you develop faster and
avoid pitfalls. You creativity and cognition will aid. Learn, listen
and innovate. By develping your own style you purely own it and work on
your craft rather than rely on someone else to provide you with
artistic vision for your lack in creativity and direction.
In conclusion, You will find when you have decided to invest in a skill
yourself. You will gain the ability and increase your potential to help
numerous others in future from a point of experience. Love,
Light and Peace to you all.
Derek Vuong, Passionata Dance