Many of us have been there before … after dancing for a while, it’s not uncommon to suddenly feel uninspired, unmotivated, almost empty inside. It sucks. Maybe you feel like you have a plateau or you just don’t enjoy it the way you used to. It feels like someone has thrown a bucket of water over the fire that has made you dance your heart all these years. You feel lost because you cannot remember a life without dancing😥… What happened? And what am I supposed to do now?
There are some common reactions at this point:
- You wonder whether you should dance or not. Maybe it’s just not for you anymore.
- You think it’s just a phase and you will eventually crawl out of this dance death hole.
- You jump into the dance and fight your way back to inspiration.
In a way, these mistakes can help us understand how happy dancing can make us. Sometimes frustrating, yes … but for the most part, DANCE has achieved its fulfillment in a way that only it can. The music is great, meeting people is great, it’s fun to talk to other dancers about dancing … and the social aspect of Latin American dances goes one step further and offers a whole different salsa life with new “non-salsa” “-Friends at” non-salsa “. English clubs in the middle of the work / school week. Your friends, family, and co-workers who aren’t dancers just don’t understand how to dance late on a work night … if they only knew how tired it is!
If you feel blue about this emptiness and think you want to return to it again, don’t despair. Here are some ways you can rekindle your passion for dancing. In reverse order …
# 7) TAKE A BREAK
Sometimes we just need some distance … not forever, but maybe for a few weeks, a month or so. Perhaps your mind is telling you that you are neglecting something else in your life that needs attention. Maybe the drama in your scene is distracting and bringing you down (this is a whole different topic that I’ll bring up on another blog). Perhaps you are tired and your body needs some rest. When you have dancing in your soul, you will long for it again. Unless you find a new passion (love, new hobby, etc.) within this time. But don’t worry, dance is always there and welcomes you with open arms when you are ready.
# 6) WATCH VIDEOS
This is probably the easiest, fastest, and cheapest way to find inspiration. Youtube, Facebook, Instagram (among other things) are endless resources for finding inspiration. Top dancers around the world have recordings of their performances, competitions, ballroom dancing, rehearsals and workshops. Even so, there is nothing like live learning from a real live person who is qualified to give you feedback and explain the intent of the movement that an untrained eye would not see in a video. WARNING – Do this in moderation as browsing YouTube / Facebook is very addicting and extremely time consuming. You already know that, don’t you? #just saying
# 5) UPDATE YOUR MUSIC PLAYLISTS
Music that “moves” is what dancers need. When you hear a melody that touches your soul, it’s hard to resist getting into it. How old is your playlist? If your music playlist is out of date there is a source of inspiration too. The cool thing about dancers is that we love to share our favorite songs on social media. It couldn’t be easier to find new music. So mix it up and find playlists from online music sources like Spotify or online radio stations. Keep your tried and true favorites, but give your playlist a facelift with new music. Not only do we need variety to keep things interesting, but it’s also a great education to learn about the artists who nourish our souls.
# 4) TAKE COURSES
If you feel like you’ve reached a plateau, please note that doing Latin American dances is almost impossible. If you looked at the sheer variety of styles in a genre (salsa, for example), it would take several lifetimes to master all of them. And when I say master, it means knowing all there is to know. There is simply so much you can learn to improve your technique, musicality, and artistry, especially as it is constantly evolving. Compare Latin American dances to the galaxy. There is no end. Do you get the picture Perhaps you’ve only learned a small sample of what’s out there. Look for variety, find out what else there is in the dance galaxy. Be curious. Explore the dance world outside of your immediate circle. There is ALWAYS something new and exciting to learn.
# 3) SHARE COURSES IN OTHER DANCE FORMS
This can open up a whole different world of movement. In street dances such as Salsa, Cha Cha, Bachata or Kizomba there are many other genres that have been permeated over the years – such as hip-hop, tango, ballet, modern, jazz, etc. Venture out and learn new ways to Moving your body that you can incorporate into your style. Reinventing yourself is fun, exciting and keeps the wheels running. Getting out of the rut means thinking differently. So open your mind, expose yourself to things that are outside of your comfort zone.
# 2) PERFORM OR COMPETE
If you haven’t tried performing or competing before, let’s just say this is a whole different challenge beyond social dancing. What you will learn by preparing for a competition or a performance is a combination of extreme growth, pain, exhilaration, frustration, excitement, fear, complacency, fire … oh … wait … I’m on fire ” said? Mission accomplished.
# 1) TRAVEL TO A CONGRESS / FESTIVAL IN ANOTHER CITY … OR BETTER, IN ANOTHER COUNTRY
Sometimes a routine of the same “old” can get a bit tired … boring. In the end I saved that, because this “healing” almost always works, at least for me and hopefully also for you! Traveling to a new city to experience its “scene”, meet new people, watch and dance with local and regional superstars has almost always opened my eyes to something new and fresh and achieved my goal, passion way to rekindle on a grand scale. SO much is happening in the world right now and it’s there for you to experience it. There are millions of conventions to choose from, so go for the ones recommended by your well-traveled trainer or fellow dancers. Get involved – take workshops, dance with the locals and headliners, see the shows, do a bit of sightseeing if you can. You will come back as a brand new dancer, full of life and excited to dance again 😄 🙌🏼. Maybe you won’t be so full of life Day You’re coming back, but give it a few days to recover.
Friends, I hope that at least one of these ideas could get the ball rolling. And as mentioned earlier, this happens to almost everyone at some point, and if you’ve been dancing for years it is likely to happen more than once. The nature of music and dance and what it does to the soul is magnetic and pulls people back. Enjoy the journey back to dance heaven 🙂
Did I miss any tips? Comment below!
Caryl Cuizon, co-founder of iFreeStyle.ca