I’ve always loved dance. Took ballet lessons as a young girl until high school, and, as an adult, tap, interpretive jazz and even ballroom lessons. When I hear certain types of music, I cannot stop myself from moving to the beat. And so, it’s no surprise that Dancing with the Stars has been one of my favorite shows for the past several seasons. I do love the glitz and the drama and I think there are some valuable business and life lessons here as well. Here’s my take:
- If you want to learn how to do something well, learn from an expert. I know from experience how hard some of those moves are. Those pros take people with little to no talent or experience and transform them. They are, of course, beautiful to watch. And, I think their choreography is fantastic and usually, with just the right degree of difficulty to advance the student. Brilliant!
- It’s not just about technical excellence. It’s also about the performance itself: the ability to entertain, to make an emotional connection and impact. And, of course, it’s about your fan base too. Even the judges seem disturbed when someone with big potential gets eliminated too early. But hey, that’s life in the fast lane, isn’t it?
- Take responsibility and strive for incremental progress. Pay attention to the feedback and use it to improve. The contestants that make the most of their experience do not take the criticism personally, they work on what the judges tell them and voila! They get better. Ever notice how the defensive ones don’t advance as far? A true metaphor for life.
- Support your competition. I admit, that one of the aspects about this show that I enjoy the most is how much the contestants and professionals seem to root for each other. Maybe that is put on and I prefer to think not…..I do believe that approaching our competition in any industry or profession as a good thing helps raise the bar for everyone. In this case, everyone has a stake in elevating the idea of learning to dance.
- Relax and have fun. The people who seem to enjoy the experience the most are the ones that are determined to work hard, get better and do their best each week with joy in their hearts and a smile on their faces.
To me, the back-stories are always interesting as well. Last week’s episode when each performer told a significant life story through music and movement was particularly affecting. It reminded me that, despite appearances, there is always more to a person than what we may see on the surface. And that, my friends, is something worth remembering as we blast through our busy lives.