Friendly reminder to Irish dancers that it is 100% ok to just need a break. It doesn’t mean you love it any less than the girl who dances on injuries that she shouldn’t and risks permanent damage. It just means you know your body better than anyone else, and you know your mind better than anyone else, and you need a break. It’s not weak. It actually takes tremendous strength and will power and insight to be able to say you know what, I’m hurting, or I’m tired, or I just can’t do this right now, and to stop. There’s nothing wrong with that.
I get concerned in the ID community where there supported mindset is to dance through injury and pain and and never take a break because the next major is only a few months away. And that’s great for those people, but I want to make sure we don’t value other mind sets any less. You had a hell week in school so you decided to give your body a break and stay home from dance? Go you, your body appreciates you. You had work on your feet all day and you feel too exhausted to do all 3 steps one more time so you sit the last round out? Good for you, knowing when to listen to your body.
Everybody is different, and nobody has the right look down on someone else if they choose to make different decisions to themselves. Even more, nobody has the right to judge someone’s reasons for stopping, taking a break, or sitting out a round. It’s nobody’s damn business but the person making the decision. Just remember that not everyone might be comfortable sharing with the whole class why they are choosing not to dance, because they are afraid of the judgment they will receive in return, when the mindset is so often to ignore your body and push through. Kindly respect that, and dance class will feel like a much safer place for everyone.