One of the hardest parts of being a dancer during COVID was finding the motivation, AND means, to practice at home. Cramped home-spaces and lack of a partner have hampered all of us. No dances (or competitions) to keep the excitement going means the months have dragged on and on.
Our studio was not immune to the challenges. Everyone from our beginners to our top level competitors felt the strain. We have all struggled with where dance would fit into our lives, both during the pandemic, and going forward.
I sat down with two of our instructors, Kat Warner and Eli Wilson, who social dancers, teachers and competitors. They shared some great insights for dancers at all levels. Anyone that has felt the uncertainty of loving dance but not knowing how to keep it fresh and engaging will love their story. If you haven’t been able to interact with the community, are dancing without a partner, or lacking a space appropriate for practice – there’s something for you.
I loved the whole interview – Kat and Eli were honest about their own flagging motivation. They also shared some cool ideas for not only reigniting that flame, but some ways to make it happen. I found these sections particularly engaging.
- 2:44 the key to reconnecting their motivation to practice
- 7:30 Kat shares how standing around improved her balance
- 9:58 Eli shares his secret motivational sauce and how it snowballed
- 13:36 Cool resources for dancers at all levels
2021 gives us a fresh start. It’s our opportunity to try something new. Why not check out one of the resources from the video, or give the studio a call and book a lesson with Kat or Eli.
I’d love to know how you stayed motivated during the pandemic and what resources you found along the way!