On such a long road, the ideas of 'good' and 'bad' dancers start to lose meaning. There is only taking the next class, getting to the next mile marker, getting better. No matter how 'good' you get, there will always be people who are better than you and people who you are better than.
When I get frustrated with my dancing—that I'm not dancing as well as I want to, didn't get a teaching gig, lost a competition, whatever—I think of the road. I try to celebrate and be proud of how far I've come while simultaneously recognizing how far I have left to go.
As a teacher, I've tried to remove the words 'good' and 'bad' from my vocabulary. I don't want my students to get good, I want them to get better.
Written by Paul Mandel