Creating a Class Environment In Which Dancers Thrive
Emotions and the body – Part 1: Dance is emotion in motion
Teachers: Want to shape your students’ motivation?
Here’s one for all you dance teachers out there!
Dance teachers love teaching motivated students.
You know the ones:
They come up to you after class for tips on how to improve this or that step and then practice it at the end of every class for the rest of the week to see their improvement. In performance psychology terms, these students are known as being “task-oriented”. They are motivated by the challenge of learning and mastering new steps and skills… and they are a pleasure to teach.
On the other hand, have you ever had a student who is very talented, but hardly tries?! They only work hard when your eye is on them, or when the director is looking through the window. They pull out their best for competitions, but you know they have the potential to be a much better dancer if they put consistent effort in.