One of the hardest things to encounter as you venture into life learning flamenco is that sometimes you will feel a little competition going on around you.
Now I've got nothing against a bit of healthy competition but in the dance world it can become a little defeating. Defeating of yourself and defeating to the people around us.
Let me share a story..
Recently I decided to try some tap classes again, I got myself to the closest class to me which happened to be a rhythm tap class which focused on learning improvisation as well as learning technique.
I was a bit wobbly but managed to make it through right to the end of class when we got to play with what we had learned. Our teacher set us up with a little step to get started and then we got to try what ever our hearts desired.
We all took our turn and managed to create some music with our feet, our teacher was supportive and helped those of us who needed some extra support.
What I remember more than anything though is feeling that was shared amongst all the students in the class. Everyone was supportive of their fellow dancer and each success was greeted with genuine applause.
I left that class feeling like I had actually danced and felt the joy that is the reason I dance in the first place.
Here is a video I must have watched at least 100 times. Sammy Davis Jr, Gregory Hines and Steve Condos are interviewed on ABC news in 1998. What I love (apart from the dancing) is watching the support that these masters give freely to each other.
José and I both believe very strongly that as artists, students, teachers we should be helping the person standing next to us, helping them to be the best they can be and to feel the best they can.
It doesn't take anything away from your own work or studies and more than likely you'll get back much more than you gave.
This is the world we want to dance in.