While we may not be able to be prepared enough this year to utilize the positive effects that a competitive workshop can provide, our goal at DiDa is to use dance workshops / competitions to not only provide increased time on stage, but to expose our dancers to other teachers, dancers, styles, genres, and abilities, that can greatly influence and inspire them.
Competition exists in all areas in life and can be a negative or positive influence-depending on one’s perspective, and goals. Team building, exposure, and graciously handling both success and defeat, are invaluable skills that can come from using competitive performance opportunities.
More Assistants / Demonstrators
At DiDa, we know dance is hard! Especially for little brains. There is a lot to think about – listen to the teacher, DON’T listen to your friend trying to distract you, put your body in the right shape, on the right count, etc. Processing what they see and hear into a shape of their own can be overwhelming. That’s why we have a 4/1 ratio for our 3’s classes (4 students / 1 assistant). Younger students need help physically getting their bodies into dance positions so they can feel the proper muscles being used. With more trained hands, this can be done quickly and efficiently, so that a majority of class time isn’t taken up correcting each dancer.