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Over the summer, I attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s Summer Program, and we were required to keep a small notebook or journal for corrections. Even if it was a quick jot down of something I learned in that particular class, it helped tremendously to read through them afterwards. So I thought I would share some of these with you as well, and feel free to leave any of your corrections down below to share!


“Comparison is the thief of joy” (this comes from our level’s mentor and was kind of our own motto throughout the program!)

The core is the driver of the movement.

Make your own choices while dancing, play with the music.

Transitions matter, even if it is a little step, make it mean something.

Don’t get smaller with faster movement — dance even larger.

Do not be polite – EAT UP SPACE!

Remember to actually dance in dance class!

The torso is the nucleus of the body, and the limbs, neck, and head are all radiuses.

Surrender to the movement.

Work on keeping up your artistic stamina. Don’t just have moments where you dance, but always be like that!

Think of a double helix spiral inside you while turning, and when spotting, think “front, front, front!”

Wherever you are – away at a summer intensive or at your local studio during the year – it’s a great idea to keep a correction notebook for yourself. Get in the habit of writing down one thing you learned after class or rehearsal, and you’ll be surprised how much you can improve!

Do you have a favorite correction or teacher-ism that stuck with you? Share in the comments below!

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Chan March 19, 2013 at 8:18 am

Great post! Yes, during my own training, it was imperative to keep a corrections notebook for class and for rehearsals. Now, I encourage my students to keep a notebook, especially during rehearsals! Teachers and choreographers provide such great notes that are relevant beyond the classroom. It is also a treat to go back through your notebook from the past summer, or past years and see how much you have grown as an artist!
Again, great post! and those were great notes for any dancer at any level!

Vic March 19, 2013 at 9:58 am

My orchestra conductor used to tell us to “play” the moments of silence in a piece as deliberately as we would a note. This always helped me in dance too – to be more intentional about stillness, realizing that it’s as much a part of the piece as a step.

Maxine Patronik March 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Thanks Chan! I agree, notebooks are such good ways to remember corrections, and it can be fun to go through old notebooks to remind yourself of things you may have forgotten about since then. I find it especially interesting to look at how I wrote down choreography in order to remember it for rehearsals. I’m glad you enjoyed these corrections!

Maxine Patronik March 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Victoria, I love that idea! I think that is such an interesting thing to apply to dance and your artistry.

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