Check Your Journey

I would like to ask you a question, “How are you doing?” For many weeks the Fordney Foundation has been bringing you all kinds of interesting information and blogs designed to help you with your dance dreams and aspirations. If at any time you have a question or comment for us, we would love to hear from you. We are here to share our love of dance with you and also give you the opportunity to respond and communicate with us. Let us know what we can do to help you make your dance experience bigger, better and more fun!

Depending on what your goals are, do you still see yourself connected to your original cause? They say that if you are doing what you love to do, even if things are going slowly or there are many obstacles, as long as you are steadily involved and working towards a goal, you are being positive and are operating on a “high” positive mental level. When we are doing things that are meaningful, there is also less chance for depression or negativity to set in. The act of dancing by its very nature is a tremendous uplifting rush. Dancers tend to focus on music, form, style, steps, showmanship, etc. We are busy creating art, and happiness does occur when we are doing what we like. And if we are happy, there is a sense of balance and purpose in our life. I’d say, “It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Another level on our journey is communication. Are you able to express yourself both verbally and artistically? Is everybody you’re working with on the same page? It’s a good rule of thumb to give what you want to receive. Let people know what you’re thinking. Acknowledge to yourself and others what is going right as opposed to what is going wrong. You will be surprised how much quicker issues become resolved when you have open lines of communication. I guarantee your journey will move along a lot smoother and people will think of you as “easy to work with” if you are open and honest.

Along our “dance journey,” it might be fun to pick up some new hobbies like yoga, ballet, writing poetry, meditation, singing or playing an instrument. Sometimes if we “broaden our horizons,” we find we can do our ballroom dancing even better.

On your dance journey, it is equally important to be as healthy as it is to be proficient in our skills. In fact, they go hand in hand (no pun intended – but pretty symbolic) as one without the other just won’t work. Most of you are still growing. You need strong bones, protein for energy and stamina, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and enough sleep, just to name a few things the body requires. Skimping in any of these areas can make a huge difference in performance levels.

Everybody’s got different schedules and things they must do. And as perspective ballroom dancers, it is important to assess our situations from time to time and see beyond our daily routines. Every now and then you may have to adjust your thinking and ways to ensure your focus and commitment to dance. If dancing is your ultimate goal then checking your path for a smooth journey will always be a pleasure and fun!

Thought Of The Week:

“Change Yourself – Change the World” – Pavi Mehta

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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