Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Difference in perspective

Research has shown that the more knowledge people have on a subject, the less likely they are to feel confident in it.  So it shouldn't really be a surprise that the better I get at this, the lower I rate my skill.  I'm even a little embarrassed now, because I know what I've been doing wrong this whole time.  I'm an okay dancer.  I still have a long way to go.  But I'm excited about this competition.

Did I mention I get to dance American Smooth—my favorite—with the best dancer on the team?  At last rehearsal, I overheard another girl complaining about that, that her partner was too good.  "She'll make me look bad."

But it's the other way around.  A good dancer will give the right signals so there's no fumbling while trying to switch in the middle of a step.  A good dancer will have the right timing.  A good dancer can make a simple step so beautiful that it looks more advanced than it really is.  A good dancer can compensate for a partner's mistakes and make it look intentional. 

Watching the two of us together, it will be clear that my partner is a much better dancer.  But that won't make me look worse.  A good dancer makes her partner look better.

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