Discipline is a big part of every dancer’s success.. A dictionary definition states that discipline is orderly and prescribed conduct or an orderly pattern of behavior. It is what is known as self-control. Most of the things we do require us to use self-control in our active and diligent participation. Work, school, and even recreational activities advance when discipline comes into play. All professional dancers in the world have adopted this tool.
The definitions are great, but what does it mean to be disciplined? It means showing up regularly. We’ve all heard the old adage that practice makes perfect. It wouldn’t be an old adage unless there is some truth to it. Constantly working on one thing means that improvement and growth will occur. Your dancing will improve if you approach it in a disciplined manner. Discipline is what drives us to be consistent.
Discipline requires developing an unshakable level of dedication. Doesn’t allow excuses (other than obvious things like vomit or fire), or getting weak. In a way, discipline is the opposite of insanity – by doing the same things over and over again, you CAN expect different results.
Discipline is closely related to intention. The intention sets the roadmap; discipline is what drives the bus. Setting intentions creates a concrete plan of action. Discipline prompts us to stick to the original intention and to be successful.
Discipline is power. Dance and discipline go hand in hand; It is one of the main differences between success and failure. Make it yours and you will get where you want.