Dancing is fun and should be enjoyed, but if you are going to get into a serious dance class, I believe that you should understand the essence of discipline.
What is discipline in dancing?
Every kind of dance requires a specific type of discipline. But what’;s sad these days is that the emerging generation seems to have so much energy, talent and enthusiasm for dancing yet fails to keep up because of the discipline?
Discipline in dancing is expected to be done early on when students are starting their dance classes at the age of 5. And the kind of discipline at this age is more of "self-discipline." Any kind of learning requires this for the obvious reason that nobody would really learn if one does not have this. The age factor is critical when we are talking about discipline in dancing. Kids who are 7 years of age and above usually are hard to control and teach. They already know how to reason out, answer back and intentionally pour out their tantrums.
Having all these as a graduation, dancing per se can be one of the effective tools on teaching a child about discipline. Dancing opened up so many doors of opportunity, fun and exploration for all kinds of people, from young to old. Kids enjoy it, adults love it! And even those who are disabled can equally enjoy dancing.
Dancing is a very encouraging activity, whether just for fun, for career, or for motivation. Dancing has its way of making you feel that there’;s always hope and that even if you fail, you can always move on and do more next time. For instance, wheelchair dancing, who would even think that this would be enjoyable for those in wheelchairs, it is already tough as it looks. But These people who dance on wheelchairs find so much hope and motivation in this activity. It gives them a feeling of fulfillment, that even though they are disabled, they can still do things that normal people can do. They do not stop till they finally get it! This shows a lot of discipline in dancing.
What worries most of the dance teachers now is a day is the thought that they might bore their students. Present generations are not so patient; they want to move on from one thing to another without considering all the important factors of learning. And this particular reality shows the lack of discipline among the young generations. Life poses a lot of boring situations, learning takes time; you can not rush things and expect best results. Same with dancing, it will take a lot of practice, same routines over and over again, till you master it. If students are not willing to learn according to the normal curve and pattern of learning, they could possibly miss out on the essentials of the topic being taught. Discipline in dancing should not be something children should fear, it is something they should understand. Our older generation created a different meaning for discipline; This is why we have this notions and repulsive responses to discipline.
One of the very good things about dancing is that it is very easy to love! Everybody loves music, everyone loves dancing. Dancing builds a good character, brings out a good level of discipline and it makes life a better place to live in!
Life is learned a lot better through learning discipline in dancing!