As you know, Ricardo is coming, so I thought you might like to get his take on the student's role in a workshop.  And, yes, he himself still enjoys taking workshops. And why wouldn't he?

  • They are incredibly fun

  • They provide a chance to study with someone new

  • And a format for learning new things

No matter your level.

I know that workshops can seem overwhelming at times...

and hard, difícil!  

He knows this too.

So, here is how he, as a student, approaches a workshop.

A mi me cuesta también.

This is coming from Ricardo.  He says that when he goes to a workshop, it is a challenge for him as well.

So, just what does he do when it's his turn to be the student?

He goes in with a positive attitude.

According to Ricardo, if we go in with a good attitude, we can do it.  He says we ought not get frustrated.

Easier said than done perhaps?  Or perhaps it just seems obvious.  Yet we sometimes set such high expectations for ourselves, for an outcome, that we leave no room to have a good time... We leave no room to consider our approach.

If we get frustrated, we get frustrated.  We can take a deep breath, reset, and keep going.

His point is that we don't let that frustration block us from experiencing what is to be experienced.  From learning what is to be learned.

Try approaching it with positivity.

He finds his own way of remembering things.

For example, let's imagine a tricky step.

Ricardo suggests first to figuring out which foot it starts with.  It sounds simple, but sometimes we don't take the time to stop and notice this, and doing so can really help to ground us.

This is one idea.  Try it out.  If it works for you, keep it and use it!

Be curious.  Find out what works for YOU, and do that.

He gives himself permission to do it wrong.

Even if we don't have it right, we keep going and eventually we will get it.

There will be parts we'll get wrong.  It's ok.  In fact, it's not just that it is ok,

  • It's expected.
  • It's necessary.
  • It is what happens!

We're in class, so we have permission to get it wrong.  We are indeed expected to get it wrong, many times.  Eventually, it will come.

However, if we just stand there, if we freeze, we never give ourselves the chance to get it.

So, do it wrong.

Perhaps when he gets here in less than two weeks, he'll have more suggestions...

In less than two weeks!  Workshops and Shows.  Oleeee!

Until then, I would love to know how you approach workshops. I'm certain you have many fabulous ideas.  Please, leave a comment, share those ideas here.  Let's help each other out!