I need to give myself permission to try something new, and fail. That’s the key to gaining new skills. If I don’t give myself room to experiment and fail, I’ll never grow. This is closely related to willing to be uncomfortable. If I always choose to do the things I’m comfortable with, I’ll never grow either.
If only we could find a highly skilled individual to endorse this position.
When one’s a novice dancer, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of wanting to advance quickly, to jam lots of learning into as small a time a period as possible. But imagine the process of learning how to do this kind of body isolation movement:
Jofflyn Valencia repeated something in a class that I’d forgotten about his “dance like you walk” story.
“Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly: Both amazing dancers with different bodies and styles. Astaire was taller and leaner. He used his longer limbs to make elegant looking lines. Kelly was more muscular and powerful. Was one better than the other? What’s more important is that they each danced in a way that fit their own bodies.”