Why Dancers Make Excellent Employees

Why Dancers Make Excellent Employees

As dancers, we have a myriad of traits instilled in us by our teachers, our fellow dancers, and ourselves every time we step onto the dance floor.
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As dancers, we have a myriad of traits instilled in us by our teachers, our fellow dancers, and ourselves every time we step onto the dance floor. In practices, classes, rehearsals, and competitions, we develop characteristics which make us better dancers and allows us to stand out as potential employees.

1. Dedication

We work incredibly hard to ensure our final product is the best. We leave our hearts on the stage, meaning we put all of our effort into projects, and are very committed to seeing them through to the end.

2. Perfection

We are hard workers who strive for perfection in our craft. We work tirelessly to be our best and do our best. We give our all in classes, practices, rehearsals, shows, and competitions – practice does make perfect.

3. Team Player

We understand that our work is rarely a sole reflection of ourselves. When we perform, we know that our actions represent ourselves, our teammates on and off stage, our company, our directors, our teachers, and our choreographers. Our work is not done selfishly – we know that we are part of a greater entity. We know that we represent more than ourselves on stage.

4. Teamwork

When dancing as a group, we have to be aware of our space and energy in correlation to the space and energy of others. We know how to work together to execute a move and we know how to watch each other as to not collide nor break sync. While we dance, we are confident in our own moves as we have tirelessly practiced them. We focus on the surrounding energy of our fellow dancers to ensure sync and synergy. We feed off of their energy and give our own to represent the mood of the dance – if one dancer is confident, strong, and smiling for an upbeat routine, that energy is contagious as it radiates throughout and beyond the stage.

5. Representation

We know how to represent a brand. For every show or competition, we dress the part – not just of our studio, but of the character or theme we are portraying. We know the attributes which make us part of the team or company, and we represent those attributes and represent the values of the company.

6. Creativity

We know how to be creative and improvise well in situations. If our costume malfunctions or we forget part of routine, we know how to carry on and do so smoothly. We make it work. As dancers, we are creative in choreography, playing on our strengths and enjoying ourselves.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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