- Respect other people's personal space. Don't get more than arms length from someone ( even if it is your best friend.)
- Hands to yourself. When you touch someone, you are putting your body into their space.
- Do not push someone out of your way. There space is just as important as yours.
Another element I am working with her is energy. When she walks up to a group a kids she is so excited that her energy does not always match the group. When I teach dance, I always ask the kids to listen without words. Sense the groups dynamics, energy level and focus. These are the same things I am reteaching to her now.
And lastly, effort. Sometimes we need to be strong and other times light, depending on the situation. Whether it be touch (like picking up the dog) or a light or strong way of talking.
The lessons we are taught in dance stay with us, whether we are dancing or not, teaching dance or not. They are universal. So the next time you are not teaching a dance class, see if you can utilize your dance knowledge to keep the training going - but in a different environment without dance attire, mirrors of even a structured class.
Have fun explore dance concepts outside the dance studio/classroom with the little ones in your life.