Timelapse of a year's worth of dance-training

Dance In a Year documents Karen's year-long dance training (see the accompanying and inspiring timelapse video). Basically, she danced all the time, wherever she was, until she got really, really good at it. She also applied the same technique to learning design, and landed a good job as a designer as well. She has lots of motivational and inspiring tips for getting good at something; step one is to be totally obsessed, which is great advice, but hard to pull off on demand.

Record videos of yourself dancing. I know, it's awkward, especially when you're just starting out. I can't stress this enough, though.

You'll see things in the videos you didn't catch in the mirror. You'll think you danced well, and then you'll watch it back and be mortified. Embrace those moments — that's when the learning happens. Where do you look stiff? What could you be moving more? Carefully watch videos of the pros. What are they doing differently?

Dance in a Year (via Kottke)

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  1. sam says:

    Was wishing for more of a time lapse there, I think there were 5 checkpoints in the video. It went from can't do anything to truly awesome way too fast.

    Very inspirational though.

  2. Ironically my years of dedication have allowed me to become an expert in internet shit posting.

    And just to make it on topic, for a years time frame she got damn good. Obsessive is certainly the word I'd use. If she could figure out how to make an average person a quarter that obsessive about anything it'd be impressive.

  3. Indeed, I've been posting on the internet for a decade or so, I am now Olympic level.

  4. amazing shot with the BART!

  5. Totally support the obsession-model of getting good at things. The downside is, it's really hard to make yourself be obsessed with something (I have tried and failed to force it). The upside is, if you can find something that triggers your obsession and is also a productive, useful or lucrative sort of a thing to do, then you know that even once the early-obsessive phase passes, you'll have (seemingly effortlessly, because it's harder NOT to do the thing you are obsessed with than it is to do it) accrued a huge amount of skill at something that you enjoy. I mean, I haven't stayed up all night coding the way I did in highschool for at least 12 years, but that period of obsession set up my career. My couple of years of gardening obsession has served me well in life, and every winter I appreciate that time I got so into knitting that I would skip sleep to knit socks.

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