Do you ever have those moments where the dance moves don’t seem to click for you? Do you feel this overwhelming sense of frustration as if you can’t perform the skill? That is known as a mental block; a psychological obstacle preventing you from executing a skill. Take a deep breath, this is normal to experience, especially in times of high stress. Sometimes as dancers, we can be our own worst critics which cause us to overthink choreography and even basic skills. In times like these it’s very important to remind yourself of the following:
- Acknowledge What You’re Feeling:
When you experience a mental block, you’ll want to push through it because as dancers we’re taught to push through adversity.
- Erase “I can’t” from your vocabulary:
You have to speak with confidence and positivity over yourself! If you keep telling yourself you cannot do something, you’re going to believe that. Every great dancer has to start from somewhere, so just continue to work hard towards those skills.
- It’s Okay to Make Mistakes
Bravery is about making mistakes and learning the lessons
Remember things don’t just happen, there are learning curves that happen before we achieve what we want. If you are going to mess up something just learn from it and apply corrections.
- I’ve Got This:
Nine times out of 10 you’re just overthinking the steps or not allowing your brain time to process the new material. Remember that practice makes perfect!
- Ask for Guidance:
Your instructors aren’t just there to give you endless workouts and combinations, they are there to help guide and mentor you as well! When you experience mental blocks don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for help, your instructor will be more than happy to help you overcome this battle.