Like many sports, dance is all about working toward perfection. Constant corrections on technique is part of the life of a dancer, always striving to have a higher leg extension, turn more and faster, or jump higher. How does a dancer know to make these corrections?
The first step is recognizing when technique is incorrect. Frequently this occurs visually, by using the mirror in class to see where adjustments are needed. However, this is not the most influential way to improve your technique. For dancers, it's all about body awareness.
Knowing where your body is and feeling when it is placed incorrectly is the key step to being able to make corrective steps. Once a dancer can feel their body out of alignment, they can then begin to work slowly to correct placement, straighten knees, or use proper muscles to improve technique. Often, making small muscular adjustments make a big impact on technique and therefore improves the dancer's overall performance.
If you can feel it, you can fix it! So dancers, think about your body awareness and recognize small steps lead to big leaps!