To Collaborate or Compete? A Reflection of Terms

To Collaborate or Compete?

I had originally intended on more of a fluffy motivational piece about how we should all be working together and not against one another. Collaboration is good and competition is bad, right? But as I was reflecting on the concepts of collaboration and competition, especially as they relate to my personal dance experiences, I found that both are positive and negative driving forces for my own personal dance motivation.

When I pulled up the definitions for both terms on the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Website, I noticed something interesting. The definitions are strikingly similar.

Looking at it from a dance business perspective is interesting too. Dancers build their careers on competition events and collaborative projects. When it comes down to it, dance competition events can’t exist without a collaborative effort of hosts, staff, and participants. Likewise, many collaborative projects thrive because they allow for competing opinions of artists to exist together.

I won’t leave you with any authoritative claim as to what to think about this. Instead, I invite you to reflect on what these concepts mean to your own dance journey, and how you will choose to view them going forward.

…for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

Hamlet (Act 2, Scene 2)
Which energy motivates you?


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