Keeping Up Your Mojo

Self-motivation could be described as a typical trait of a dancer, so used to pushing their minds and bodies, in the pursuit of excellence in their classes, training, rehearsals and performances. Like anything, however, this can wane due to any kind of circumstances, and can see dancers struggle with their enthusiasm and drive.

It is perhaps only natural for this to occur from time to time, but particularly as a result of the pandemic and various restrictions. Dancers naturally have high expectations, so when they are failed by something, whether internally or externally, it is perhaps to be expected that their motivation of dance may decrease.

Low motivation can be extremely frustrating, as it can be a very alien feeling and experience. Keeping motivation as high as possible, particularly when your environment or current scenario can’t be changed, can be encouraged through quick wins, goals and targets that are achievable in the present moment. The goal itself is not important, just that there is one to work towards.

Deciding on a goal which is creative as well as just “a goal” can help more than something that will simply keep a dancer occupied: a bonus if what they are focusing on will satisfy their creative outlets and provide them with a sense of achievement. Often just small tweaks to mindset can shift the experience completely, seeing losing motivation as a chance to pursue a new challenge and to build up enthusiasm in a new way, or for something new.

Dance is of course a very physical occupation, as well as being mentally and emotionally satisfying too. It is important to work your body (and your mind) in a physical way, to serve yourself as well as you can when your enthusiasm levels are not as high as usual, and keep yourself physically satisfied. Trying a new activity or working your body in a different way can help; try new styles, new moves, anything to pique your interest.