Yup, you read the title of this post right. Two seemingly different forms of creative expression on complete opposite ends of the spectrum actually have A LOT in common.
Throughout this past year, I’ve been part of a salsa performance team (something I’ve wanted to do for a LONG time, ever since I was tricked out of dancing in the 8th grade talent show), and much to my surprise, I learned that many of the rules to becoming a good writer also apply to becoming a good dancer.
Like writing, dancing:
-requires tons and tons of practice (to the point where you have to make it a top priority in order to get anywhere with it);
-is unique to each individual (one technique/style can work for one person but not for another. You have to stick to what works for you!);
-should be something you get into if you love or enjoy it. Otherwise (i.e. doing it for popularity or fame), you’ll be miserable.
-is 80% mental and 20% physical (except if you are having an IBS flare up. Ooo boy!) If you think you can do it, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t;
-is a challenge (especially if you have no background) but can be extremely rewarding once you commit yourself to it and actually improve (always compare yourself to yourself and how you were when you first started and you’ll be amazed);
-is NOT a team sport. You are your own biggest competition and cheerleader and the only way to grow is to be true to yourself and what your strengths/weaknesses are;
-requires time, patience, and extreme perseverance. The more you work on it/dedicate yourself to it, the better you get;
-is a great outlet to express yourself or handle difficult moments and stress, as long as it doesn’t in turn become too stressful (i.e. when you start focusing on impressing others and doing anything in your power to “get to the front” or be noticed);
Who’d a thunk it?! Getting into dancing has only reinforced my craving and true need to become a writer and how important it is not to give up and not let criticism and your own shortcomings keep you from getting to where you want to be.
It’s funny how life works sometimes and how everything comes full circle!
Now tell me: has anything similar ever happened to you my fellow writers? Share your story as a comment, I’d love to hear about it!