Learning bachata: From Unconscious Incompetence to Unconscious Competence
Learning bachata is a process which involves your brain and muscle. Sometimes we think we know how to dance a bachata step when actually we do not. Sometimes we think we do not know how to dance a step but actually we do…Bizarre right? There is a mechanism behind that and i am glad to introduce it to you: from unconscious incompetence to unconscious competence.
Stage 1: Unconscious Incompetence
In order to develop, we must first become conscious of our incompetence in whatever areas we desire growth.
This stage you don’t know how to do something and are normally unaware that that you don’t know. You have never tried to do it. If you have never danced bachata before then you have no idea of howto dance bachata now.
Stage 2: Conscious Incompetence
As you learn to listen to the music, move your body and follow or lead your partner, you become aware of your inability to dance bachata. You struggle to implement the tips, advices, technique, musicality provided by your dance instructor. At this stage you enter into conscious incompetence, this is where you realize you are not yet competent. It is here that you learn all that you didn’t know and begin to acquire the skill of dancing bachata.
Stage 3: Conscious Competence
You have now acquired some competence and knowledge of dancing bachata. Here you move into the conscious competence level. This is where you can dance, but only by consciously remembering and focusing on what you have seen and learned. You have not reached the stage of being a good bachata dancer.
You think “I’ve got it!” No, you haven’t! You just know how it works, and you can do the steps (that’s a good start), but you haven’t got it yet.
You new dance skills still require you to constantly pay attention through intense focus and concentration. Improvement at this stage is slow as you continually add to your skill through constant practice and effort to improve your dancing skills in the field of Bachata.
Stage 4: Unconscious Competence
When you have reached this level of competence through learning bachata, you know you can do it without consciously thinking about it. It no longer requires all your concentration and conscious effort. Actions have become like a second nature leaving your conscious mind free.
Unconscious competence comes not through effort, but through a kind of “giving up.” You don’t stop dancing bachata, but you do stop trying to dance bachata perfectly. You are a beginner forever. A dancer who loves the practice of bachata and doing it for the love of the practice, the process and not for the destination anymore. the destination of all aimed at the begining; to be the perfect bachata dancer.
It’s actually when you reach the point where you think you’re never going to make it, that the transformation unfolds. It’s not by a virtue will, but by allowing or letting go that mastery is achieved.
There really is no limit to what you can achieve; it’s all up to you and how much time and effort you are willing to put into the learning stages.
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