Practicing a Growth Mindset in Dance
No matter what your current ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment. -Carol S. Dweck (2006)
Carol Dweck’s quote provides some insight into who is able to dance: everyone!
Some people believe that intelligence is a fixed trait while others believe it can be grown over time. When people believe that they can grow their ability to do something, they look at challenges in a new way. These people view challenges as a source of motivation. This is called a growth mindset. In contrast, some people believe that their intelligence cannot be changed no matter the amount of effort they put into a task. People who believe this tend to stray away from challenges. These people hold a fixed mindset.
How do we use a growth mindset at Energize?
Here at Energize Dance Studio we strive to encourage and motivate our dancers to help them grow both in and outside of the studio. By encouraging our dancers to keep working through challenges we are teaching them to view these challenges as a source of motivation, hence hold a growth mindset. Many times you'll hear me say "good, that was almost it" or "not bad, we will keep working on it." Our dancers may not have mastered the skill yet, but by receiving encouragement and constructive criticism they are motivated to keep working hard. That is where the magic happens. It isn't just about the end goal but the journey we take to get there.
We are challenging YOU to work on your growth mindset this season.
Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Ballantine Books.