It is no secret that the benefits of overall wellness should be enough reason for anyone to take up the hobby and/or sport of ballroom dancing. From memory gain and weight loss to lower blood pressure and increased stamina, the amount of positive health gauges attributed to dancing has helped to increase the number of adult dancers throughout the country.
Today’s dancers are pushing the boundaries of arts and athleticism. They are not only taking advantage of the wellness partnered with the sport but have found ways to take their skills and professionalism of their development and apply them to the work place.
Goal setting: Whether it’s mastering a step, a skill level or competition, it is important for all dancers to have goals set and deadlines to meet. Managers and workers alike are under deadlines and the ability to meet a deadline is imperative to today’s workforce.
Directions and constructive criticism: Whether it’s a routine you have mastered or a proposal you are taking to your manager, your vision is not always the one reviewing your work is looking for. There will always be different ways to look at something, especially in ballroom dancing. Social dance partners often see past our current knowledge and can view our true potential yet we take criticism as negative or cold-hearted. Today’s dancers need to realize that their best can be achieved only through trial and error.
On-site problem solving and creativity: What do you do in a crisis and how do you make sure the problem is solved without public knowing that a problem ever existed? Whether you miss a connection or ‘draw a blank’ in the middle of a routine, it’s not the fact that the problem happened that measures your skill but how well you fix the problem! Picking up the pieces with creativity and confidence can improve almost any situation.
Performance ability: Do you know how to ‘sell it’ and how to ‘turn it on?’ Today’s dancers must be confident in their skill, image, knowledge and be able to present it to an audience while adding levels of emotion throughout their performance. They must act and look as professional as possible for they are judged on their actions and composure. Excelling in presentations and setting the standard for office protocol should not be a problem for today’s dancers.
Today’s dancers have an amazing opportunity to build a network of peers through social dances, club organizations and competitions. This is an invaluable chance to create a nationwide support group for friends, internships, jobs, social connections and possible dance partners.
To all dancers, think about how you are developing yourselves through your dancing. Are you the same person today as when you first began to dance? Use the items mentioned above and find ways to start “dancing your way to future success!’
To all of you who are employers or managers, wouldn’t you want to hire someone with the above attributes? Next time you review an application, check to see if they are a ballroom dancer.
Keep on dancing!