Self-critical appreciation: mental skills (practice, response to feedback etc)

Self-critical appreciation: mental skills (practice, response to feedback etc)

Understanding Reflective Practice

  • Reflective practice is an individual’s ability to look back at past performances and evaluate its successes and areas for improvement.

  • This process involves noting down reactions to the completion of various activities, and considering how future performance might be enhanced.

Key Mental Skills in Dance

  • Concentration plays a critical role, allowing a dancer to maintain focus throughout complex sequences and remember choreography.

  • Mental rehearsal is another fundamental skill, where a dancer visualizes their performances without physically executing the movements.

  • Commitment to regular practice and improving performance is a pivotal quality for steady progress and success in dance.

  • Confidence enables a dancer to perform without feeling overly self-conscious, allowing their personality and emotions to shine through their movements.

  • Cultivating patience and persistence is key, as developing dance skills take time.

  • Problem-solving is another crucial mental skill. This involves creatively working through challenges that might arise during practices or performances.

Responding to Feedback

  • A constructive way to maintain self-critical appreciation is by accepting and actively responding to feedback from instructors and peers.

  • Feedback received should be taken as an opportunity for learning and advancement.

  • Dancers must avoid becoming defensive but instead focus on using the feedback to improve their art.

Importance of Safe Practice

  • It is crucial to ensure the physiological safety of dancers during practice. This involves warming up and cooling down properly, using the correct technique, and avoiding over-straining movements.

  • Good Spatial Awareness is required to prevent collisions and injuries during group performances.

  • Mental and emotional safety is as important as physical safety. A good dance environment encourages creativity, innovation, and emotional expression while ensuring a safe and comfortable environment.