Trust, ATS style

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    Anonymous

    Had another inspirational moment, Here's what came out of it:Trust: noun ˈtrəst1. Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing.2. Custody; care.3. Something committed into the care of another; charge.When we are all learning the moves of ATS®, we hang on to our teacher’s every move for dear life, because we don’t know what happens next.Guess what? That’s your dance career in improv. We talk about ATS® being a trust fall. It is. Forever and ever. And guess what? That includes trusting yourself. We often talk about not checking out during dancing. That is part of trust. Your partners are trusting you to not check out, and you, yes, YOU have to trust yourself not to check out. It’s your personal responsibility to stay present while dancing so you can execute changes when your leader initiates them.People want a formula. They want a way to not mess up. I get that.But in ATS, we give you the formula. The rest is up to you. And the grist is that you have to trust yourself.You have been given the moves, the cues, and the transitions. You learn them, you drill them, you learn how to dance in a formation with others. Part of the trust fall is in trusting your partners, and responding to them. The same way you would respond to a loud noise by flinching. (You do get to that point, believe me.) The other part of the trust fall is trusting yourself that you know the vocabulary and can just react when you see the cue or transition.Try just dancing with your group without clinging to a set of rules, yet stick to the ATS® moves. Jump off that cliff. If you do, I promise you will find a new level in this dance form you didn’t know was possible. You will find the flow.

    #96797

    Anonymous

    :bows down:

    #96798

    Anonymous

    I seriously love this post.  Thank you Wendy.

    #96799

    Anonymous

    HERE! HERE! That is exactly it and how we do it all!!!

    #96800

    Anonymous

    What Wendy said! Trust is crucial to ATS®.

    #96801

    Anonymous

    Thank you!! 🙂May we quote you? or  :-X

    #96802

    Anonymous

    Well said, Wendy.

    #96803

    Anonymous

    awww yiss

    #96804

    Anonymous

    Nice :* Thank you Wendy.

    #96805

    Anonymous

    Thank you for this, Wendy. Look for an upcoming blog on http://www.fcbd.com that will feature Wendy's essays and thoughts on ATS®.

    #96806

    Anonymous

    Like, very much!

    #96807

    Anonymous

    Dangit, my cutting and pasting skills are failing me. I left out part of this! Trust: noun ˈtrəst1. Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing.2. Custody; care.3. Something committed into the care of another; charge.When we are all learning the moves of ATS®, we hang on to our teacher’s every move for dear life, because we don’t know what happens next. Guess what? That’s your dance career in improv. We talk about ATS® being a trust fall. It is. Forever and ever. And guess what? That includes trusting yourself. We often talk about not checking out during dancing. That is part of trust. Your partners are trusting you to not check out, and you, yes, YOU have to trust yourself not to check out. It’s your personal responsibility to stay present while dancing so you can execute changes when your leader initiates them.  If you are a leader, you have to remember that you have a group of women who are trusting you to lead them through unfamiliar terrain, in a manner that makes ALL of you look good. We talk about ATS® being a trust fall.  "A trust fall is a purported trust-building game often conducted as a group exercise in which a person deliberately allows themselves to fall, relying on the other members of the group (spotters) to catch the person.[1] There are many variants of the trust fall. For instance, in one type, the group stands in a circle, with one person in the middle with arms folded against his chest and falls in various directions, being pushed by the group back to a standing position before falling again.”In ATS, that is the chorus, and the formation. It's the show. People want a formula. They want a way to not mess up. I get that. But in ATS, we give you the formula. The rest is up to you. And the grist is that you have to trust yourself. You have been given the moves, the cues, and the transitions. You learn them, you drill them, you learn how to dance in a formation with others. Part of the trust fall is in trusting your partners, and responding to them. The same way you would respond to a loud noise by flinching. (You do get to that point, believe me.) The other part of the trust fall is trusting yourself that you know the vocabulary and can just react when you see the cue or transition. Try just dancing with your group without clinging to a set of rules, yet stick to the ATS® moves. Jump off that cliff. If you do, I promise you will find a new level in this dance form you didn’t know was possible. You will find the flow.

    #96808

    Anonymous

    One thing I like to get across to my students is to be forgiving, one of the worst things is to have some clever clogs of a dancer who thinks they never mess up and makes a big thing out of the leader or another dancer who stumbles for a few seconds. I can't tolerate dancers who visibly huff and puff and tut, and generally make it clear they are not pleased (eyeball rolling too). The result is that the dancer who went wrong loses confidence bit by bit and becomes afraid, making the problem worse. There is always a time when every dancer has a hiccup, even the best, be forgiving people and supportive and smile.

    #96809

    Anonymous

    When I'm a student in a level 1 class, my favorite thing to do, when the instructor tells us to create formations, is run to the brand new students who have NO idea what they're doing. I LOVE dancing with them! Why?(1) It keeps me on my toes. I'm dancing with a whole new body I've never seen before. What move are they doing? Is that Egyptian Basic? Maybe? No, wait...maybe it's Arabic? Whatever it is, it's okay -- they're dancing!(2) I love helping people figure out that trust fall. Because so often they're SO scared of dancing with other people, and they're so apologetic, and I love that moment when they do something they know is wrong, but don't know how to fix it, and those of us in their formation simply smile and help them fall gracefully, and pick up the pieces. They see that it's okay to make mistakes, and that this is not a dance for divas -- it's a dance as a group.

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