Did you know you hold a role in this effort as a dance parent? With social media becoming such a huge part of our lives, it is common for young dancers to now have access to instagram and youtube. This means they are being exposed to the plethora of social media accounts that depict young dancers performing highly difficult movements. This can negatively affect your dancer’s confidence because they may think that they should be able to do that same thing. It is important that you encourage your dancer that dance is not all about tricks! So Tricks vs. Technique… What is the difference between the two?
Technique in the dance world refers to the way in which a movement is executed. This includes all of the important elements such as turnout, postural alignment, artistry, foot strength, muscular strength, jumping power, flexibility, and musicality. A good technical dancer is able to translate all of those elements into their dancing.
A Trick, on the other hand, is more of a skillful, difficult movement that includes things such as aerials, jumps, multiple turns, front walkovers, etc. When these tricks are simply taught to dancers without a solid basis of technique, the dancer fails to execute the skill properly. They can do the skill, but is it technically correct? Not always! And if the movement is not technically correct, what do you is probably going to happen? If you guessed injury, you are absolutely correct! Now let’s clear something up. When tricks are executed with proper technique, they hold merit and can certainly have their place in dances. But let’s not assume that dance is all about tricks. Proper technique is not a fad. It is a constant thing that must always be enhanced and strengthened. It will never go out of style. Compare the importance of technique to building the foundation of a house. If you build a solid foundation of technique, your tricks will be flawless and stage-ready :)