There should be a power for praise. Always a research backs it up. However, did you realise that over-praise or praising inappropriately can lead to negative effects? There is always a right and wrong to deliver things. A feeling of entitlement or narcissism is developed within dancers due to constant praise. This can even happen when parents or coaches praise in a long way. It tears the dancer down apart.
The right kind of praise and inspiration at the right time helps the dancers to become more open to change and improvements. They become more eager for challenges. Praising a dancer is far better than commenting on their moves. Try to comment even on their performance and how they sing. The judges often seem to have a great knack for complementing dancers along with giving them constructive comments.
1. Emphasis on their Effort
Every parent and coach ten to focus on the outcomes. While too much focus on outcome and talent results in dancers getting curved in success and leaves them helpless when they fail. Because whenever they make a mistake, they will take time to realize that they have done it as they are always appreciated as “best dancer” or “best performer”. They will be more fearful to take a new challenge due to critical comments and possibilities of failures outcomes along with it. So, while praising them, remember to give a compliment on their hard work, perseverance or practice instead of sweet comments like “you are the best dancer”.
2. Be Specific while you Praise
Usually, the parents and coaches tend to have a habit of doling out monotonous praise. However, if you praise for a purpose it needs to have a goal or action that is specific. Specific praise acknowledges the processes of completing something that solves a problem helps children to learn and develop an internal sense of motivation. Whenever your praise becomes descriptive, it takes too much guesswork for what you are praising. This in turn helps to strengthen the positive behaviour of what your child or student wants to repeat. Instead of saying “Good job, I like your level of dancing and efforts” you should say “You brought an A level to the rehearsals”.
3. Be Clear for Over-praising
The dancers don’t need praise every single time, they tend to do a good job or something right. They should be focusing on the important stuff. If you continue to overpraise, dancers will take it lightly, even when they truly earned it. Moreover, children are wiser than we think and can smell the false praise and make it pointless. So, if you are working on dance moves or steps; you should it is clear that you are still struggling, don’t sugarcoat the situation. “This is awesome”, should be mentioned in some of the comments.
4. Don’t use Sarcasm
Don’t make sarcastic or critical comments as praise. “Finally you learned those steps that took it forever” or you can say, as “That is a great rehearsal. Why didn’t you make rehearsals that good?” When it comes to sarcasm, some children don’t get the attempt at humour. They take everything at the face value. dancers don’t need sarcasm rather encouragement. Point out the past mistakes and how long it took to learn something productive. Don’t just focus on outcomes but also on efforts and achievements.