Welcome to Episode 79 of the Salsa Kings LIVE podcast
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What is uninspired creativity? It comes from creativity that is free of purpose or intention. You reap what you sow. If what you are putting down is aimless, then the products of your dance will also be so. Of course, most people have the intention to have fun. This is the opposite of a problem. However, if this is what you want out of dance, make sure to make that your intention. In this case, you should not be preoccupied with form or technique. Your entire goal should be to entertain yourself and your partners and friends while dancing. Preoccupation with how you compare to pros is a distraction from your goal.
However, if your intention is to treat dancing as a career, competitive sport, or a lifestyle then you should go towards that with a similar intention. Before you can get what you want, you have to know what you want. If you straddle alongside the middle, your dance will be muddled and confusing. If you have an intention, it’s important to know and communicate that intention to others.
Human beings are naturally creative people, almost uncontrollably so. Without a genuine intent, that creative genius can pour out without any actual form. By giving your creativity a focus and a direction it can become the type of dance -or any art really- that you want it to be and reach its true potential.
This is what your inspiration is; a goal, a desire, a plan, something to give your boundless imagination form and efficiency. This is the difference between a skilled dilettante and a master of the dance. It’s also the difference between someone who is somewhat proficient but awkward when dancing at the club and someone who just goes wild. A huge part of success is having the right goals. By knowing what your intent and goal is, by being inspired, you have a direction in which you can go and a way to discuss what you want with others.
Genius is both inspiration and perspiration. Without the inspiration your work will be unfocused and without the perspiration, you’re unable to make that dream the reality. What you need to do is make your hard work, your inspiration, and your creativity work in harmony to make you the dancer you want to be. Figure out what you want and excel at it.
“Questions are everything. ‘How do I set this intention, Andres? How do I become inspired?’ These are wonderful questions. This is your homework. Your homework is to develop the questions that’s going to take you, your essence, to the next level.”
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