This weekend I took part in Merey Ismailova’s Theatre of Dance production of the Little Mermaid (http://ismtheatreofdance.blogspot.ca/). If I had to pick just one thing I learned from being a part of the Russian Student Association Dance Group and working with Merey, it would be the fact that you don’t have to be an official professional to have a professional attitude towards anything you are doing.
One thing that our choreographer Merey always emphasized was professionalism. None of the people in the Russian Student Association Dance Group are professional dancers. We do not have a formal post secondary training in choreography, we do not perform to make our living. All of us have our own day jobs. Some of us have learned various styles of dance before, others joined in without any previous training at all. However, Merey has always been setting high expectations for us in terms of being professional about dance.
What do I mean by that? In a nut shell, being professional means taking whatever you do seriously, no matter if it’s a hobby a one-day entertainment, or your ‘real’ job. Here are some points on how exactly this ‘seriousness’ should be communicated:
- Be mentally ready for the rehearsal
- Be on time!
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings!
- Every day must be your own rehearsal day – a.k.a. don’t wait till grpup rehearsal. Practice on your own as often as possible
- Keep going and keep smiling – especially if you made a mistake
- The audience cares about the attitude you are projecting, not the technique
I’d like to thank Merey one more time on behalf of our entire group! It’s been a great season and we can’t wait to work with you again!
Some photos from the show an be found here: https://www.facebook.com/ismtheatre/
More pics and videos are coming soon!