Are You Contagious

I know what you are thinking. Flu and cold season are right around the corner and that is what this is

about. No, “I don’t mean can someone catch your cold.” What I’m talking about is, can someone catch your “spirit.” “Are you contagious?”

As dancers, you have a responsibility to hold up the dignity of the profession. It is an honor and privilege to be able to perform and share your gift with the world. You will one day be in the limelight and everything you do matters.

Ballroom dance is sophisticated and requires knowledge, value of tradition, intuition and balance. I mention only a few (often not realized) keys to achieving true success. Believe it or not, what you know, how you carry yourself, how you talk, how you see the world, are all part of the big picture.

We all have different, interesting personalities and that’s what makes life so much fun. Think of yourself as a chain link. You come to dance class in a bad mood; your partner can feel it, even if you don’t say you are in a bad mood. Consequently, it will affect your learning ability and your dancing. I’m not saying, “we all don’t have a bad day once in a while, we do.” It’s how we react to our obstacles and how we deal with them. But by the end of that dance class, you could have the whole class and even the teacher reacting to you as the “link” that doesn’t quite align properly.

I go back to my original question, “are you contagious?” Do you take things and people for granted? Remember, professional dancers are role models. Treat people the way you’d like to be treated. It is ideal to not only smile when you are performing, but smile on the inside too. Trust me, good vibes are contagious!

Thought Of The Week:

“A man’s greatest strength develops at the point where he overcomes his greatest weakness.” Elmer G. Letterman



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website