General Dance Discussion > What has been your biggest problem in your dance career?

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by ChoreoByShate, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. ChoreoByShate

    ChoreoByShate New Member

    There's not a lot of information available about becoming a freelance dance professional. Most of us had to figure things out as we went. Mine used to be figuring out how to get started. Then it became how to make money consistently, or between gigs. What's yours?
     
  2. Bailamosdance

    Bailamosdance Well-Known Member

  3. Loki

    Loki Well-Known Member

    My feet.
     
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  4. Artofdance11

    Artofdance11 New Member

    Being a ballerina during ballroom, technique wise.
     
  5. Newdancer81

    Newdancer81 Active Member

    Being too grounded for ballroom dances and too upright for salsa/bachata lol.

    But seriously, getting in own head too much and destroying my own self confidence.
     
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  6. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    weight
    caring too much and having that result in being unable to get rid of tension
     
  7. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    • Having my work ethic and goals be different from those around me, and being labelled as some unfavourable things for not being at the studio to socialize, or for doing things my way.
    • Being quite private naturally, and being in a performance sport.
    • Dealing with the studio/comp politics. I hate the drama, and especially hate how it overpowers the dancing sometimes.
    • Finding a way to balance work, dance, and fitness, while still getting some sleep and downtime.
     
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  8. Angel HI

    Angel HI Well-Known Member

    Hey! You were supposed to be describing 'your' issues... not mine! (almost verbatim) :) The only thing I need to add is... Time and time and time again, being chastised or marked down for something that later became the fad, the norm, or the law. Very disheartening.
     
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  9. SwingingAlong

    SwingingAlong Well-Known Member

    • Living in an isolated area of an isolated country: no AM partner, sparse lessons, no access to Pro/Am
    • Health issues
    Despite this I remain positive and keep on dancing when I can:)
     
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  10. twnkltoz

    twnkltoz Well-Known Member

    Money.
     
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  11. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    Being an amateur man in a predominantly amateur woman's sport ( pro am)
     
  12. Dancing Irishman

    Dancing Irishman Well-Known Member

    I'm incredibly lucky that point 1 no longer applies to me in ballroom, although I'll sometimes encounter some weird looks when I say I'm a ballroom competitor at lindy hop events (current coach *only* takes students who want to be trained like competitors / performing artists, even if they aren't going to compete, so there's no worries about being competitively focused in my neck of the woods). But points 2 and 4 nailed my biggest roadblocks.
     
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  13. I'm a perfectionist. I know how things should look (and I'm learning how they should feel), so I get frustrated when I have to keep fixing the same things.
     
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  14. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't call it a "career", but... my current problem is lack of time and opportunity.
     
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  15. KPomPom

    KPomPom Member

    There it is! It's been really hard for me to afford all of this now that I'm not a student. (Ironically because now I am making more money, but there are so many resources/discounts available for students that it still hasn't evened out for me as an adult.)
     
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  16. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    weight, finances, and MOST importantly, absence of sincere ongoing support/mentor
     
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  17. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    We'll give you support! Don't know how much we can be on the mentor part...
     
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  18. KPomPom

    KPomPom Member

    I don't know, there's so many excellent dancers on here. I bet we could scrounge up some expert advice when needed!
     
  19. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    thx Cornutt and I do know and appreciate that....I was meaning more of the absence of a highly skilled professional mentor with no skin in the game who could be a trusted advisor....I do value all of my dance friends
     
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  20. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Understand... I'm currently in the situation where I am taking with a male instructor. I have an am partner so it works OK, but obviously I can't do pro-am (unless it was a same-sex comp, but I don't have any desire to do that seriously, and besides, he's too tall. :eek: ) There isn't any female instructor in the area at my level. And for various reasons my am partner and I don't have any opportunities to compete together. We occasionally get to do a showcase. My DW, with whom I danced for 13 years, is now experiencing health issues and can't dance.
     

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