A quick shout out to anyone who might be feeling a little disheartened by criticism their teachers give them.
Your teachers shouldn’t make cheap or nasty comments on your personality. They shouldn’t be mean to you or say degrading things to you.
HOWEVER they cannot help you improve without telling you what you need to improve on.
Try not to get too upset when you receive criticism.
Try not to allow yourself to believe that receiving criticism means you suck and should quit ballet and take up table tennis.
Try not to centralise the criticism and make your whole self-worth based around it. That’s not what your teacher wants you to do with it.
I have been told that my hands were doing weird claw-like things, that I’m not pointing enough, that I’m not trying hard enough, that I’m not pulling up enough and that my frappes need an entire private class to correct and that I am sickling — to which I was all like, What? No way man, I don’t sickle! Alas, I was indeed sickling.
The frappe one always makes me laugh because, honestly, my frappes do always look more like floppes! Haha.
I have been in studios where I receive a lot of corrections and in studios where I receive no corrections and I would, without a doubt, prefer to receive a lot of corrections.
If a teacher is correcting you, they want you to improve.
Don’t get all egotistical and think that you are the most important person in that room to the teacher. If you think you’re more important than anyone else in the room then you will most definitely feel disappointed when the teacher doesn’t treat you as you think is appropriate (doesn’t give you extra attention or compliment you).
Try to think of teacher criticisms as notes for improvement and try to be grateful that you’re receiving them at all.
Don’t take it personally.
Don’t use it as a way to beat yourself up.
Use it positively. Use it productively. Use it as it is intended — to get better.
Love yourself. Be proud of yourself. Have FUN!
P.S remember, you deserve to be in the room.