This week's blog is called "The Power In Believing". In addition to the topic of belief, I hope to touch on several others including motivation, criticism, the qualities of a professional and more! A whole lot of personal thoughts for you to contemplate.
Recently, I had someone ask me if I actually believed that the ideas I've presented here in my blog could really happen. There are the movie ideas, show ideas and all the ones presented in my post on week 35 called "Ideas For Folklorico". If you have been consistently reading over the past 38 weeks, then you're familiar with all of them. I'm full of ideas! My reply back to them was, "Yes, I believe anything is possible! It could happen!"
I always know what people think of me simply by their words, whether spoken directly to me or behind my back! I have found that many dancers are quick to judge. There always seems to be unnecessary tension when dance groups are around each other. Because of this, I try to be extra nice! Even my kindness has been judged and mocked. As far as people's criticisms are concerned, I have heard everything from "he's got potential" to others that were well disguised as compliments, but had an underlying negative implication. I can appreciate someone being direct and honest with me, but a lot of what people say is really unnecessary or an unsolicited evaluation/opinion. Moving on.
At some point in life you want to crossover from the realm of trying to actually doing. Although trying is good and shows you have intent, doing actually shows that you've gone beyond trying and followed through. Doing shows the level of commitment and dedication you have. I have seen it where dancers get annoyed with other dancers, who have paid the price and worked relentlessly to build their skills and technique. I think there is a bit of envy in their reaction. Rather than appreciate the skill, they seek to bring the individual down. I wish people would be more supportive, especially when they share a common interest and are involved in the same art, perhaps even the same group.
Over the past couple years, I have had the privilege of sharing the stage with many talented, skilled, trained dancers. Many that I would consider to be professionals. It has been a challenging experience to hold my own on stage during a performance, dancing next to these people. Ultimately, I think it has caused me to advance and progress a little quicker than some. I like that benefit.
Recently, I found myself asking the question, "Why?" Why do I dance folklorico and what's my motivation to do it? It was at an outdoor show, in the direct sunlight, hot as you can imagine. We were dancing for a small crowd and the sweat was running down my forehead and into my eyes. My eyes were burning! I was miserable. So why do this?
For the most part, folklorico dancing is a labor of love and a carrying on of tradition and culture. However, some financial compensation can be gained for those who aggressively pursue and dedicate themselves to performing. If someone is interested in folklorico simply for the financial benefit however, I would have to advise them not to pursue it as I feel it requires a greater financial investment than return. Personal gratification and enjoyment is a much better motive.
What are some of the expenses for a dancer? Well first there is the cost of lessons and studio rental fees. These are usually included in the monthly membership dues to belong to an academy or company. Then there is all the expense of the costumes, which in folklorico, there are many. Not only do you pay for the costumes, but the upkeep of them as well - tailoring, dry cleaning, replacing damaged lace, zippers, buttons and fabric. Part of the costume includes all the props and accessories like fans, jewelry, ties, hats, hairpieces, make up and so on. The list is extensive! Folklorico shoes and boots need replacement and repair as they wear out. Shoe polish and paint is another expense. There is the cost of gas to travel to and from performances and practices. At the end of the day, it all adds up!
Granted there are those groups out there for recreation purposes only. And taking lessons for simple enjoyment and exercise is common and becoming more and more popular. Just remember if your joining a performing group however, you'll be performing - so be prepared for what comes with it! It's important to grasp a full understanding of the commitment required before getting involved.
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