“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” – Aristotle
You know when you hear of some amazing line up of artists/teachers for workshops or a festival, and you doubt if your hands and legs will even coordinate or even move the way theirs’ do and self-doubt is at its peak because you know, you might take time to digest whatever you see them do whereas people around you be slaying the choreography and will have that knowledge base which you have been so lazy to gather, SO you question yourself.
This year I questioned myself twice.
For all those who know me, I am a complete amateur dancer who has never been trained professionally. But since LKG, I have always danced – in Annual days, Talent shows, Workshops, Random performances, House chilling scenes, Shops, basically everywhere. The music would come on and I would dance without any care for the world. Enjoying my own rhythm and spreading my vibe to people around me.
Yes, I am in the process of training now. But there is a looooong way to go.
There was Baliamos – Underground Hip hop festival in Mumbai and Latin Soul Fiesta in Pune. Having absolutely no knowledge of what really lies ahead and which artist is going to teach what exactly, I went for it. I just had this itch to try it out and get exposed to what it really is. And I do not regret it one bit! Of course after a lot of doubt and having phases of self-fights in two extremes-to go and share the vibe and the feeling of being completely lost there. So I did ended up looking like this most of the time. (Yay, Finally got some good candid pictures!)
Though I did a quick google search of the artists right before entering the venue, which is never enough, I enjoyed both these fests thoroughly. Immense learning experience and to my delight, there were a few who were quite new to the styles as well. So it doesn’t make you feel THAT out of place. And you get to meet some really warm and nice people who will be more than happy to help you with things. And you will discover a new you and will tend to spread your vibe like this:
Just going to share a few tips to make it even better for yourself:
- Believe – Yes, you can. All things magical starts from this one word. You were born original, don’t die a copy.
- Be Fearless – So what if you forget the choreography when your group has to show off their version of it? Improvise. No one is judging your steps. Just be confident of what you do!
- Research – It would be good to know who exactly is going to teach what and look up some videos online. Study the artists too so you can ask and talk to them after the workshops. Trust me, their stories are always inspiring.
- The student life approach – Be the learner, the observer. Be patient, you’ll get it. Practice more. Figure ways to do it even you are in the front few rows that have been asked to sit. Don’t give up on yourself and don’t be disappointed.
- Take it forward – Yes, 3 days of 15 workshops and back home to sleep forever. No, look things up on the net and make it a point to practice it with someone once in a while. (PS: I have gone for atleast 3 socials now since I attended LSF)
Life is too short to wait for the right moment. You are always ready to learn, always.
SO next time if there is any fest, I am not going to think twice(until unless I am really broke!)
Just go for it and share your vibe! Here’s to soulful experiences :”)