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Sunday, September 29, 2013

What Keeps Us Coming Back to Class?

Ballet class, and its clockwork dependability of barre and center work, is designed to train the body to perfect the execution of a large repertoire of steps and movements.  Class is done daily, throughout a dancer’s life, and this ritual, this repetition, provides an emotional grounding as well as assuring that a dancer’s hard-won technique doesn’t slide backwards. 

But given the repetitive nature of ballet training, how does one maintain the motivation and focus to keep it up year after year?  Probably an entire encyclopedia could be compiled on this subject, but it is one that has always fascinated me.  Is it the production of endorphins in the brain that keeps us “addicted”?  Is it the dependability of class routine in an increasing chaotic world?  Is it the pathway to achieving a dream?  Or is it simply pure love of the art form, and the joy we take in participating in it?  I suspect it is all these things, and more. Click on today's link for an article about how dancers are genetically different!  Perhaps that explains part of it.

So what does drive us?  Leave a comment on why you keep coming back – whether as a dancer or dance teacher.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Motivation Secret # 1a:
“Motivation comes from the passion within.”

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