Self-critical appreciation: balance

Self-critical appreciation: balance

  • Self-critical appreciation refers to a dancer’s ability to evaluate their own performance objectively, focussing specifically on elements such as balance.

  • Balance in dance is pertinent both in terms of physical stability and providing an evenly spread performance. It refers to the distribution of weight enabling a dancer to maintain control over their body movements.

  • Grasping the concept of balance is vital because it impacts movements and transitions. A dancer who has mastered balance can transition smoothly between movements, enhancing the overall aesthetic of the dance.

  • Physical balance relies on your core strength, spatial awareness and technique. Core strength helps a dancer stay upright and perform movements, while spatial awareness prevents collisions. The technique involves the correct positioning of body parts.

  • Balance also encompasses the variety of a dance routine. It should not be too repetitive or simplistic, nor should it be complicated to the point of compromising clarity. It needs a mix of simpler and more intricate movements, sequences and patterns.

  • Emotional balance plays a huge role. The dancer’s performance must portray the intended emotions without overdoing any one emotion. This gives an emotionally balanced performance.

  • Learning balance comes with consistent practise. Self-evaluation is a key tool - identifying areas of improvement and strengths, refining techniques and steadily enhancing balance.

  • In terms of self-critical appreciation, dancers need to constantly evaluate their balance throughout rehearsals and performances. They should be seeking self-improvement, making corrections when necessary, and celebrating triumphs when they achieve balance.

  • A well-balanced performance isn’t just about the dancer’s stability, it’s also about the pace, rhythm, and emotional projection. It can transform a good routine into an exceptional one.

  • Balance in dance is an art. It’s not about avoiding falling; it’s about knowing how not to fall.

  • Remember, a critical evaluation of one’s own work in dance supports growth and development. So, cultivate a practise of regularly analysing your performances for balance - within movements, in the choreography, and even in emotional expression.