Dance Spice

We all want to be known for our special qualities on the dance floor and life in general. We hope to razzle and dazzle our audience time and time again. But how do we get there. How do we become “the” dancer that everybody is watching and talking about? Well, one thing is for sure, if you are taking dance lessons this year because your mom promised you could run track next year and that is something you’d really rather be doing, then get out of dance now. This is not the attitude that will put you over the top.

In order to become a successful dancer, you have to have the kind of “rare form” that sets you apart from your peers and makes you stand out in a crowd. It has a lot to do with tek’nëk (notice the phonetic spelling of the word technique). I spelled it that way on purpose to drive home a point. In today’s dance/dancesport world, you can’t just be a good dancer; you must have exceptional ability and possess finesse and style. Thus your tek’nëk must be something different and special! Are you starting to get the picture?

Skill and agility are both part of it. But it takes a whole lot more to be a world-class dancer. There is a dedication factor that must be part of you. Every ounce of you should be immersed in dance emotionally, spiritually and socially. Allow me to make an analogy here. You know how spice livens up our food. It is a good way to describe a dancer too. If we can see and feel that pizzazz that moves you through your dance, that is what dance spice is all about. If in your routines you have that extra flair that takes your dance moves to the next level – that is also dance spice. It is that something extra that makes you shine with super style and grace that no one else has! Just like spice, no two spices taste alike!

Dance spice is an attractive combination of flawless vitality and glamour mixed with special ingredients of talent and true style. Do you have it?

Thought Of The Week:

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”-Martha Graham



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