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!