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How to Help Your Dancer Be a Team Player Before Competition Day
March 8th, 2017 by Roy Patterson
By StarQuest’s resident behavioral specialist, Dr. Marcie Beigel.
There is no way to do it on your own. Not as a parent and certainly not as a dancer.
If working on teams is essential and inevitable, then what is the secret to a good team?
The answer is simple: the behavior of the participants! While you may think this is obvious, there’s a specific group of behaviors that you can intentionally impart on a team to encourage better collaboration and performance.
Here are the top five behaviors to teach your dancer so they can be outstanding team players:
- Make sure that your voice is heard. Your team cannot benefit from the brilliant ideas you have if you keep them to yourself. Additionally they cannot benefit from your questions if you don’t ask them. The only way to actively contribute is to use your voice and share you ideas!
- Speak in a way that feels good to others. It’s not only about what you say, it’s also about how you say it. Using personal perspective when speaking about emotions. Such as, “I feel frustrated when my teammates are talking during my practice time.”
- Take action. While ideas are great, the only way they have an impact is if you do something with them. Sometimes teams need someone to step up and start making change happen. Your small dancer can be that person. This could be as simple as starting to stretch when everyone is just standing around talking.
- Give everyone a turn. On every team there are people who speak up and people who sit back. An incredible team member notices those who are sitting back and helps them come out of their shell. Guide your small dancer to pay attention to everyone in the group and ask questions of those who are not participating. This will ensure that everyone on the team feels like part of the team.
- Celebrate the small steps. Big and small successes need to be celebrated which will help keep a team motivated and moving. Each time they learn a new piece of the routine or a perfect a difficult step, celebrate! Have your small dancer be the one who compliments other’s success and sees how that benefits the entire team. Encourage your dancer to give out three compliments (one to three different people) each practice. Watch how it enhances the entire team.
While there will always be moments to shine in a solo, most times teamwork is needed to be successful! Make sure your dancer has all the skills needed to excel with his or her team!
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Dr. Marcie Beigel is a behavioral specialist based in Brooklyn and author of the #1 bestselling book Love Your Classroom Again. She has worked with thousands of families for close to 20 years and has condensed her observations into her practice and programs. www.BehaviorAndBeyond.net