The fastest way to learn to dance is to be patient with yourself and strive to stay humble.
As I mentioned previously in “Biggest Roadblock to Growth” our ego’s often prevent us from learning and growing because we naturally don’t want to look stupid. This is understandable but I’ve learned in life that growing pains are unavoidable. Those who have the least fear of looking silly will learn the fastest. These are people willing to mess up constantly in order to surmount the learning curve and achieve their goals.
Ways to stay humble:
1.Keep your mind a blank slate (Don’t be a know it all)
2.Be like a sponge (Absorb as much as you can)
3.Constantly train in your discipline
As a teacher of dance, it is easy to get comfortable and lazy in terms of keeping up with training. I find it much easier to distribute my knowledge versus trying to learn and retain new skills and knowledge. As a teacher I have to remind myself to stay humble, keep learning and growing always- which will help me to be the best teacher I can be.
I teach my students to be patient, not only in terms of musicality, but also to be patient with themselves in the learning process as learning to dance is not an overnight process. Learning with a patient mindset will allow you to learn proper fundamentals, which then Â allows you to become and advanced dancer more quickly.
A great example of how far humility and hard work can take you far is my former teammate Ryan Feng. I saw Ryan Friday night and we were reminiscing how he barely made our old dance team from college CADC. I mean this guy was laughably bad when he came to auditions I thought he had no chance of making the team. Later that week when the auditions came Ryan had improved ten-fold and we decided we had to give him a chance. Ten years later he’s been on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew (Season 3 champs Quest Crew), music videos, and teaches and performs internationally.