Any individual starting their journey as a dancer needs proper guidance, training, practice, and unbiased feedback to nurture themselves as professional dancer. However, out of all aspects, the most pivotal is tracking your progress periodically, monthly, or quarterly to determine and analyse your strengths, weaknesses, and improvement (opportunities) areas to excel into a skilful dancer.
In this blog, we will walk you through the best ways to track your progress as a Dancer to enhance your dancing.
Ways for Tracking Your Progress as a Dancer
Establishing Concise and Achievable Goals
The first and foremost way to track your progress as a Dancer is by establishing realistic, concise, and achievable goals. You can’t take up dancing and dream of becoming a skilled dancer overnight. You must set practical goals that can be accomplished in the short term. To attain perfection, you must practice daily, focus on a single dance form, and try to learn its various moves.
Rigorous practice, determination, grit, hunger, and hard work make an individual a highly competent and professional dancer in the long run. We recommend setting small goals as a beginner, for instance, learning and excelling in a particular dance move and then moving up slowly to ace other moves.
You must stay patient, dedicated, and consistent in your practice to advance to the following levels. The ones with patience always end up getting a significant place in a Dance team in the future. Focus on what you can control, i.e. your practice and learning and not on what you can’t (becoming a great dancer overnight).
1. Documenting your Progress
Maintaining a document in soft or hard data is one of the best ways to monitor your progress. You can ask someone to record your dance moves, or you can make videos of your dancing to analyse your dance moves. We recommend maintaining a journal simultaneously to jot down your daily or weekly activities.
The combination of soft & hard documentation will help you examine each & every move to determine your strengths (best ones), weaknesses (areas to work on), and opportunities (where you can ace up with regular practice & hard work).
And monitoring your progress through videos and journals will help you formulate a strategy to excel in your dancing. For instance, if you are committing the same mistakes regularly, you must address them first and spend time on that part to fix them.
In the early stages, you should focus solely on the learning part and not think about what people around you say on social media and dance practice about you. Only record positive feedback, and ignore negative ones in your journals. It will help you gain firm control over dancing gradually over time.
Note: Don’t watch your mistakes and best moves on repeat mode, as success and failures must be treated equally. Keeping them at a minimum will make you mentally strong as a dancer and skill up your dancing.
2. Testing your Limits
As a Beginner, it is highly recommended to test your limits to level up your dancing in the short term. To break shackles, you must challenge yourself by learning one level of dancing skills and choreography to grow as a dancer. It is one of the excellent ways to step out comfort zone and track your progress to attain growth.
For instance, you can learn a dabble, backflip, spins, leg split, or other dance moves. Any dance move you will start practicing regularly as a beginner will become your pro strength in the long run. It will become your ace move which you can confidently flaunt at big stages and dance events.
Every renowned professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher was once a beginner, and all it took was persuading themselves to break the boundaries and step out of their comfort zone. You must start attending advanced classes after learning the basics in beginner’s workshops/classes.
We recommend learning a new dance routine after a few months to keep your learning curve upwards. If you want to be that (top) level dancer, you must take this vital step of coming out of your comfort zone by learning next-level moves. Implement this tip to see a significant change in your dancing in the short run.
3. Feedbacks & Suggestions
Last but not least. You must take feedback from your teacher (instructor), senior dancer, colleague, choreographer, dancer and non-dancer friends, or parents. Please take every feedback as a valuable learning lesson rather than a negative comment.
Write down all positive feedback, weaknesses, & improvement areas in a journal to work on them. Feedback and recommendations are necessary to grow as a dancer and become a competent dancer.
Note: Don’t get too excited about positive feedback and depressed about negative ones. Treat every critique equally to excel in your journey as a professional dancer.
After reading the blog, you will have sturdy comprehension of various ways of tracking your progress as a dancer. Beginners and Intermediates must implement the tips we provided in the blog to monitor their progress toward becoming skilled dancers.
If you are a pro dancer who wishes to showcase your dance talent and moves on the International Level, we have a golden platform for them. India’s International Groovefest (IIGF) is back with its 5th season to give Indian dancers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to exhibit their dance form on the International Stage in front of a global audience.
You will receive International Dance Competition exposure, win critical acclaim and certificates, and the winner will get a cash prize of 5,00,000 INR. We accept numerous dance forms, from Classical to Semi-Classical, Freestyle, and Folk. You can participate in the one you are proficient in.
You can participate through an online dance audition and follow the entry process to get shortlisted for the Finale & Grand Finale. The finale and grand finale will be held in Sri Lanka on the 18th & 19th of November, 2023.