While the title of this blog might have you scratching or shaking your head, there are a number of important similarities between business and dance, and learning how to dance may actually help you be more successful at work! Read on to learn more about these interesting connections, and then give us a call at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston. We have a large number of dance classes that can help you get moving, and thinking, in new ways! From the waltz to the foxtrot, the dances we teach might be just what you need to help you feel better and take the steps you want to make your work life more rewarding.

The Ability to Be Flexible

While we should stand strong and tall when it comes to our principles, in business and in dance, we need to know when the ability to flex and adapt is necessary. Dancing with a partner is similar to working with other people in that there comes a time to lead and a time to follow. If you are feeling trepidation about a new project, allow your partner to take the lead. Watching someone else work (or dance) might be what you need to learn a new dance or to grow the confidence you need to take on another project that might be more important to you.

Being Aware of What is Around You

While this can be taken literally, the more important lesson is the figurative one. Understanding your surroundings in dance and in business is as much about understanding a physical space as it is about knowing what space (role) you occupy. When you understand how you move about a space, you understand what it is about you that helps a dance or a company. By better understanding what you are supposed to be doing and how, you understand the nature of the dance itself. When you understand the dance, you see the logic and the art that built it. By applying these thoughts to the place you work, you can see what your role is, why it matters, and how to improve it in order to make yourself more valuable.

The Importance of Practice

If you have ever watched excellent dancers, you know just how effortless their movements appear. While you have heard this throughout your life, it takes tons and tons of practice to make it look natural and carefree. Being a “go-to” person at your company requires the same dedication to practice. Even if you are the most gifted person in your department, talent alone is worthless if you don’t apply it correctly. By showing up to work each day ready to “practice,” you will gain an understanding of the energy and motivations that keep your company running. While it may seem that there are many inefficiencies in any new place of work or any dance rudiment, over time, you will understand how what feels like a hesitation is actually a great place to catch your breath or ensure that the work is being completed using the best practices.

We hope that you learned a few ways to connect your life as a dancer to your life at your job. Check back soon for more ways that business and dance are linked together in interesting ways. To get started with a new form of dance that may help you in other areas of your life, give us a call at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston! We would love to help you move better and think better by teaching you a new form of dance! We have dance classes for a large number of dance styles every week, so if you are ready to move, we are ready to teach you how.