What are you moving toward?

"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."
~M. Scott Peck, author, The Road Less Traveled

I often get e-mails from friends and colleagues who seek advice on various dance-life situations. Some have issues with their teachers or classroom environment that isn't feeling right--from lacking support to lacking information, from difficult fellow students and classroom relationships to downright abrasive teachers. Some have troupe issues where the dynamics seem to be running contrary to what they had hoped. Some are teachers in their own right and have issues with trouble students or disrespectful troupe members. Ultimately, they all have one thing in common: they all feel stuck in the middle of something they want to get out of or move past, and they are seeking a nudge to find a better path.

Is there some part of your dance life you feel stuck on or trapped in? Is there a situation or environment you feel powerless to move beyond? Or do you simply feel in a creative rut and find yourself asking, "How am I ever going to be *that good*/do *that skill*?"

What do you think you could or should be doing to move on to a happier place?

Whenever I get to feeling stuck, in any part of life, I ask myself, "If I were my own best friend, and I was hearing me tell me this issue, what would I advise her to do?" By stepping outside myself and passing on a little loving guidance, it is amazing how clear the solution can sometimes become. Then it is just a matter of going out and doing it!

Remember, “If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.”

3 comments:

  1. Wow, this is so relevant, thank you! A real dancer should constantly check in with herself and adjust her goals, expectations, and needs. I like the best friend analogy.

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  2. Oh thank you for posting this!! I have felt this way for a while and have actually discussed it with my teacher, Tess. She has advised me to take lessons with other people besides her, and explore different styles, because ultimately it's the right thing to do for one's sanity. Yes, that small change has helped inmensely and I am much happier. I love Tess to death, she seems to "get me". And I love my new teacher too (you know her, is DeAnn) I now look at my regular troupe practice and to Deann's classes with a whole new approach, and I don't feel stuck. I AM much happier now!!

    -elisa

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  3. Glad you guys enjoyed it! We all need to step back now and again and see our world from the outside (as much as we can, anyway) to be able to see the bigger picture!

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