The power of mind over matter - specifically, bodies - is a reality that a dance teacher must constantly take into consideration. Expectations, mind-sets, prejudices - all have an effect on someone's ability to learn. Some students can't or won't see themselves as successful, and instead of letting their "Inner Coach" direct their flow of energy, they sabotage their growth with negativity.
"Will So-and-so let herself do the step right this time?" I sometimes find myself wondering this as I watch a student in class. I've seen a few potentially promising dancers "I can't" themselves right out the door. Their self-image as a dancer was crippled with doubt.
In contrast to these
students who are afraid
to try are those who try too hard. They take on too many
challenges and suffer disappointment when they fail to
accomplish them. In the words of the poet Bob Marley, "Don't
jump in the water if you can't swim".
In both cases, they have
the same problem: misdirected energy. The first
student uses hers to restrict herself, the second invites
restrictions from the outside world. These dancers are
wasting their creative energy!
Read on to see how you can exercise your mind for better Brain Co-ordination.(Adapted from a previously-published article in The Spiral Grove News )