We all make the occasional bad decision in our lives (some more than others), whether it be a choice of clothing, which film to rent or maybe which number you choose from the Chinese menu. We are only human and we all make mistakes, usually the mistakes are personal (sometimes embarrassing) and we keep it to having just ourselves or very few others involved.

Then usually (hopefully) any upsets we cause will come out in the wash. However as we get older and the world sees us as an adult, all the decisions we make can create more of a stain so they have to be even more thought about and other people's need's to be considered. So to make a conscious, uneducated decision as an adult, it takes a real... dick.

As you get older you realise that you cannot get away with the things that you could as a child, and people are not so forgiving. Forgetting birthdays, cancelling arrangements, even the odd lie, it's relatively fine before 18, 21 and maybe (at a push) 25 but soon you will realise that the bad decisions you make will eventually come back and bite you in the ass. So if you are going to make a deliberate bad decision and THEN put it online, you better be ready for the consequences.

When you are establishing yourself as a student dancer in the 'dance world' where you haven't even begun to struggle or succeed, the last thing you want to do is make enemies or taint not only your personal reputation but the reputation of the institution which has given you the opportunity to live your dream (a place where you may turn to for support in the future). Whatever intention you have behind an idea, make it clear, make it plausible and make it educated.

Art comes in many forms and with many different opinions, ideas and voices, which are widely accepted if well thought out. However if your idea is inapplicable, haughty and well, just plain spiteful, maybe you should keep it to yourself... it's just another one of those things that defines the difference between a professional and an amateur.

When you graduate, everything changes and you are no longer sheltered by the comfort of your institution. My mum always told me that you don't know how to drive until you've passed your test and your out there in the car alone and it's the same in dance, you won't learn how to really dance, or find your way until you graduate.

You won't appreciate the stage, the studios, the routine of the classes or the support of your friends until you leave everything that is being handed to you and it is no longer available. It's bad enough that we can't get a job because there is not enough of them to go around, we are already struggling to create a status for ourselves we don't need ignorant students to make it harder for us.

When you are associated with an institution and make work, you are representing yourself as well as your institution and everyone involved so if you decide to show your idea to the world take a moment and think, be smart, not selfish and arrogant. Be innovative, not ignorant and rude.

Oh, and try not to be a dick.

Also when you name your piece... make it relevant.

MANIFESTO
noun
a public declaration of intentions, opinions, objectives, or motives, as one issued by a government, sovereign, or organization.

NOTION
noun

1. a general understanding; vague or imperfect conception or idea of something: a notion of how something should be done.

2. an opinion, view, or belief: That's his notion, not mine.

3. conception or idea: his notion of democracy.

4. a fanciful or foolish idea; whim: She had a notion to swim in the winter.

5. an ingenious article, device, or contrivance; knickknack.

(Please note that I write this now because I know the video has been removed, this is something I don't wish to promote... just comment on.)

Have a good week guys :) And good luck to all those who had auditions this weekend x