Dancing and Management
What’s dancing got to do with management
Oh, she is a dance teacher!
What will she know about managing a business?
This is the common perception of people in business setups. They have a dismissive attitude towards anyone who comes from a non-aligned field like arts for example.
Personally speaking, as a dance professional for more than two decades and now as a Management Consultant, can certainly say that experience trains you into a lot more than dancing. It opens you to pick up people skills, culture and mindsets and attitudes that come along with the territory.
Besides, there are common skills that go beyond business management and enter life skills that one needs to navigate life effectively.
Here are a few skills that come to mind immediately…
- Time Management
- Code of conduct
- Space management
- Body language awareness
- Self Expression
- Discipline and Focus
Dancing movements can open channels of flow which translates into greater energy optimization.
And each dancer may have explored the art of dancing in different forms and its application would have the potential to create a greater depth of understandings.
The value of art may be high but yet the possibilities and the potential application of art is yet undervalued.
There is so much scope in the art of movement that we can realize. It’s high time to accept that dance education and application has much to offer the world beyond just a stage performance. Great to see radical shifts in the way dance is being perceived across certain parts of the world. But it has to percolate to where all it can matter.
Time to think beyond and open up to these yet underutilized but valuable life management skills.