«Perfection must be a Tendency and not an Exigency».
Many athletes, champions of different sports, share «a proven history of extreme perfectionism».
One could then ask, is it good or bad to be a perfectionist? What does it mean to be a perfectionist? How do you become a perfectionist? and, can and should be changed to be?
Let’s explore these topics by examining various myths about perfectionism and highlight the consequences or recommendations for dance coaches.
Let’s begin by examining the most common mistakes about Perfectionism and its relationship with sports excellence.
MYTH 1 – DO ALL KNOW WHAT DOES PERFECTIONISM MEAN?
It is understandable that Perfectionism suggests different things to different individuals, given their multiple definitions in the literature.
The standard definition is the «tendency to improve a job indefinitely without deciding to consider it never completely finished.» For example, if it is negative we would say that «its excessive perfectionism is delaying us all» or if it is positive, it is said that «its excessive perfectionism has improved the performance of all «, depends on the optics and perspective with which it is observed.
Perfectionism has been defined generically as the «setting excessively high performance standards» and then, a more recent, formal conceptualization, as «a personality style characterized by an effort to establish impeccable and excessively high performance standards with tendencies toward too critical evaluation of one’s behavior «.
While researchers have not agreed on a single definition of perfectionism, it is universally accepted that the central aspect of perfectionism is the establishment and struggle for higher levels.
MYTH 2 -THE PERFECTIONISTS ARE ALL EQUAL-
As with any style or personality trait, no two individuals are the same and this is true also for perfectionists.
While perfectionists share the characteristic of establishing and fighting for high standards, many other interrelated characteristics differ.
For this reason researchers categorize perfectionists into two types: the «positive» perfectionist, also called normal, adaptable, healthy, functional or active, and the «negative», considered neurotic, poorly adapted, unhealthy, dysfunctional or passive.
Let’s look at the characteristics of these two types of trainers and perfectionist players:
• Has the ability to see yourself as successful even if you do not achieve «perfect performance» and enjoy your achievements.
• Has the ability to accept personal and situational limitations; is realistic when controlling and evaluating your own performance.
• Is motivated to excel and focused to do things.
• Maintains a relaxed but careful attitude, trusting in their abilities.
• Disappointed with failure but renew effort and commitment.
• Complete assignments on time.
• He is a balanced thinker.
THE NEGATIVE PERFECTIONIST
• You are rarely satisfied with your achievements; he tends to see himself as a failure.
• He is always worried and is too critical of his results. He has an inability to accept his mistakes.
• Is motivated by fears of failure and worried about disappointing others.
• Is tense and anxious about tasks, has compulsive tendencies; He doubts his abilities and is concerned about the quality of performance.
• Self-assessment depends on the results and not on the improvement in performance.
• Tends to postpone decisions or tasks.
• He is an extremist thinker: «white or black» or «all or nothing», is perfect or failure; right or wrong.
To briefly summarize the features presented above, negative perfectionists set extremely high standards, however, because they are too critical and intolerant of mistakes, they are never satisfied with their results; They believe that these could always be better.
On the other hand, positive perfectionists accept personal and situational limitations and the inevitability of making mistakes, and thus enjoy the intentional pursuit of excellence.
It is suggested that the critical distinction between positive and negative perfectionism is found in the individual’s demand for perfection.
While all perfectionists strive for perfection, negative perfectionists also feel a need to act impeccably, that is, they do not accept or act imperfectly. There is always courage in the fight for perfection in sport, but nothing is earned by demanding perfectionism.
source: Dancesport Dancers Channel
Interview to Mr. Andrius Kandelis international trainer, and organizer of INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CAMP KANDELA
Please Andrius tell us about you when did you start to be a part of the Dancesport world?
I started dancing when I was 6 years old. In the beginning it was just a fun for me, till the moment when I started to win competitions. Results went up when I was in the Youth group.We were Champions in Lithuania in Youth and semifinalist in world championship. Since then I continued my career as an amateur. We were finalists of the World Championship, won 4th place in European Championchip and 2 times became world Cup winners.
Tell us something about your work in Dancesport Club KANDELA and your professional activity.
I am the owner of dance sport club Kandela. Different age groups of dancers practice here. Children start at the age of 4 and the most successful reach the professional level. With those who are interested we always go to compete in the international competitions around the world. Apart from sport dance, in KANDELA we also have Joga, gimnastic, salsa, ballet classes.
Explain please to the audience about your Club, your couples
Dance studio Kandela was established in 2008.
Since then, we have won many champions in a different categories. They were representing Lithuania at the World Championships and European Championships. Dance sport club Kandela is one of the biggest club in Lithuania.
Andrius, when did you start to organize International Training Camp KANDELA?
The International summer dance training camp KANDELA was started to be organized in 2011. The best teachers from all over the world come here to share their professional knowledge and develop participants‘ dancing skills. Every year, the camp is gaining new momentum and better quality.
Do you organize any event or competition else?
Yes, I organise the winter dance camp in Lithuania every year befor the national Lithuanian championship. The idea of competition is in my near future.
When the next Training Camp KANDELA be held? Is the registration already open?
The next International summer dance training camp KANDELA will be held in 2019 July 1st up to 2019 July 6th. It will be one of the biggest dance camp in the world. There will be about 20 teachers from different countrys. REGISTRATION IS ALREADY OPEN.
How many couples do you expect this year?
We expect about 100 couples to arrive. The organisers guarantee high level of coaching. Lecturers and practitioners have great experience in winning.
There are several Camps organized in the area, how is your event different from the others?
This International summer dance training camp KANDELA will stand out with great physical preparation. Also, there will be exclusive Standard and Latin coaches in the camp. The agenda will start early in the morning and continue until the evening. Jogging, ballet, lectures, privat sessions, will be present in INTERNATIONAL SUMMER DANCE TRAINING CAMP KANDELA 2019 1st – 6th of July.
EVERYBODY IS WELCAME TO THIS AMAZING INTERNATIONAL SUMMER DANCE TRAINING CAMP KANDELA 2019 IN LITHUANIA
REGISTRATION IS ALREADY OPEN
Alexánder Gascón & Alexandra Zaiko Spanish winners Junior 1 10 dances (*PREMIUM COUPLE PROGRAM)
On Thursday 6th December, 2018, Spanish Champions of 8 Dances Junior 1 dances, Alexánder Gascón & Alexandra Zaiko (ELITE CLUB-VALENCIA) were proclaimed winners, winning all dances.
The Championship of Spain was held in Guadalajara, near Madrid. The competition was established among 28 couples from all over Spain.
Trainers Valera Zaiko, Yulia Zaiko, and parents thank the other teachers with whom the couple works frequently: Lorera Costa (Spain), Guillem Pascual (Spain) Ilya Danilov (Russia).
GORGEOUS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ADULT STANDARD IN VIENNA. 17-18 NOVEMBER 2018. Chronicle, results, photos and videos
This Saturday, November 17, in Vienna, the Standard World Championship was held. The technical and inspired dance of Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova allowed them to regain the title of world champion! For the fourth consecutive year!
Dmitry and Olga have risen to the highest step of the podium of the main tournament of the year!
As expected, the representatives of Lithuania Evaldas Sodeika and Eva Zukauskaite became the winners of the silver medal.
The bronze was taken by Francesco Galuppo and Debora Pacini from Italy.
The fourth position was obtained by the vice champions of 2018, Evgeny Moshenin and Dana Spitsyna.
In total, 81 couples participated in the World Championship.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WDSF STANDARD
1. Dmitry Zharkov – Olga Kulikova, RUS
2. Evaldas Sodeika – Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU
3. Francesco Galuppo – Debora Pacini, ITA
4. Evgeny Moshenin – Dana Spitsyna, RUS
5. Vaidotas Lacitis – Veronika Golodneva, LTU
6. Anton Skuratov – Alena Uehlin, GER