September 2, 2018. Before the start of the Hip Hop Class, Teacher Mycs Villoso led everyone to prayer, “Lord, thank you for this opportunity to share energy in our same passion to dance. May this be our worship to You… In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.”
Then, after a few minutes of warming-up, “Okay, game!” The dance teacher gleefully exclaimed, which signaled the start of a detailed teaching of what seemed like a complicated Hip Hop choreography.
While learning the choreography, I noticed the coolness of the Hip Hop dance teacher:
1) She gives clear instructions of the steps to follow;
2) She leads by example, “Okay, watch first as I dance the routine.”;
3) She considers the pace of everyone and so after revealing every routine, she would ask, “One more time or move on?”;
4) She gives enough time for water breaks and encourages everyone to ask questions, “What part are you having a difficulty? Let me break it down for you. Here’s the counting…”;
5) When she notices that the dancers’ minds are already overwhelmed by the many technical steps, she would say, “Relax. Chill. Inhale. Exhale. Okay, this time just let the body flow with the music.” Then she allows the song to play in repetition as the dancers mark the steps until they get the timing and musicality;
6) Her punch lines are so true in dance and in life, “It’s okay to make honest mistakes, but no shortcuts. A shortcut is a sabotage waiting to happen. Practice does not make it perfect, but rather, it’s perfect practice that makes it perfect.”;
7) In a rare moment wherein she herself makes a mistake in teaching a step, she quickly admits it, asks for forgiveness and makes it right;
8) She pushes everyone to give their best effort and shine, “Get rid of unnecessary shyness and preconceived thought of not measuring up to expectations. When you dance, it’s between you and the Song. Take your time.”;
9) She gives corrections for proper execution and smiles for consolation;
10) She then encourages everyone to put their unique character and personality in the dance.
The two-hour allotted time swiftly passed as everyone was having fun, and it’s amazing how, at the last part of the class, everyone would then be able to dance with a ‘swag’ what seemed like a complicated Hip Hop choreography at first. Truly, it takes a cool mentor and a patient trust of the student to achieve any dream. As what Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, said —
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
Thank you so much Teacher Mycs Villoso for being God’s reflection of His cool mentorship and for setting our hearts on fire in Hip Hop. May God bless you more!
With Teacher Mycs and my sister Charity, who I encouraged to join Jazz Funk class after Teacher Mycs encouraged me to join the dance presentation in the previous Hip Hop class. Encouragement, indeed, can create an endless ripple effect. Thanks to you Teacher Mycs. We love you! *Hugs♡♡♡