It's the old cliche we all hear...practice makes perfect! But is that really true? How much do you really need to practice as a dancer?
Just like professional football or baseball players that focus their energy on continually improving their skills, professional dancers must do the same. They are always striving to improve their flexibility, technique, positions, and performance, no matter how long they have been involved in the art.
A student's dedication and dream for the art determines the amount of time they would commit to developing their skills. Many students, young and experienced (not old!), continue to focus on advancing their skills purely for the love and beauty of the art. They participate in classes for exercise, to improve their overall health and maintain a beneficial lifestyle. Weekly or bi-weekly classes are a normal occurrence for these students. Especially our littlest stars, who are just beginning to learn how motion can convey a message through creative movement, weekly classes are very appropriate.
However, for a lot of dance students, they are focused on a larger dream. They desire to join a company, perform professionally, or own their own studio and instruct. They choose to dedicate themselves to continually enhancing their technique, strengthening their bodies, and flourishing in their craft. For these students, they may begin with just weekly classes if they are under age 8. However, as they grow and progress, increasing classes to bi-weekly for ages 8-10 and three or more times per week for ages 10 and up is standard. The repetitive nature of performing proper technique class after class leads to strong muscle memory, making dance a way of life when any professional steps onto a stage.
The art of dance is an open invitation to everyone. Whether they dream of making it a career or just fall in love with the way expression through movement makes them feel, all types of dancers focus on practicing...and define their own level of 'perfection'.