training tip - Excellence Vs. Perfection
Do you know the difference between excellence and perfection?
"The pursuit of excellence can sometimes morph into the pursuit of perfection. As a group, dancers exhibit higher than normal levels of perfectionism. Like those who strive for excellence, perfectionists are highly driven and set particularly high standards/goals for themselves. Perfectionists, however, are inclined to pursue unrealistic or unattainable goals and thus experience a sense of inadequacy and self-doubt. Perfectionists are overly self-critical of themselves and others, and tend to ruminate on their mistakes and disappointments. Such dancers are at risk of suffering from low self-esteem, anxiety, disordered eating, injury, and burnout." (Andrea Downie, 2015)
Learn more about perfectionism in International Association for Dance Medicine and Science's resource paper, Perfectionism, by Sana Nordin-Bates.
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