Your mind thrives on variety and grows as you provide different stimulus. When you vary your location in classes you'll see different perspectives on the moves and be a stronger dancer in less time compared to those who only learn from one location.
If you take any dance class regularly or attend the same clubs, you'll notice this interesting thing about people: Most claim a certain location in the class or club as their own. After being there a few times, most find comfort setting up in the same relative floor space.
The regulars end up consistently dancing or exercising in the same location, in almost every class, unless someone new gets "our spot" before we arrive. They just don't know they have claimed our spot, but they'll learn.
Some people get downright indignant if you move into "their" normal location. You'd think they were paying rent or they owned the space, like the fabled parking spot with your name on it. You'll see some people showing up earlier than normal, just to lay claim to their comfort location.
In jazz or ballet classes, if you go "across the floor" (a series of spins/turning exercises, with two or three people starting every 8 or 16 counts), once the order for going across is established, it's an unwritten rule that the order stays that way for the rest of that class.
In other words, if I'm first in my line, I will be first for every new exercise specified by the instructor for that class. People who violate this unwritten rule are looked down on by others. Most people who go second, in the middle or last, do so class after class. They get comfortable with their relative order and stay there class after class.
In some classes I'm very uncomfortable in the front, but I make sure I go there occasionally as part of my "Dance like Nobody's Watching" concepts. I'm forced to focus on myself, my refinements, and ignore what others may be thinking.
Sometimes it's a major stretch for me, but over time, the results are worth it. Moving to a new location toughens you because you learn to ignore others, who may be more or less advanced. And if they really want to watch someone else (not likely), they can use the mirrors and see anybody they choose. Dancing in front of others is one of the dances goal anyway, so having it happen in class is actually a win when it happens.
This concept is also valid outside the classroom. Drive a slightly different way to class, work or the grocery store. Eat with your non-dominate hand sometime (bib optional), park in a different location, order something new off the menu, try no sugar in your tea and find ways to vary your own routine regularly. The more often you change up little habits, the more varied your stimulus, the faster you learn new things too.
There is plenty of mental comfort in keeping things routine, but it isn't the best way to learn and grow. If you attend a class regularly, avoid getting stuck in a rut and standing in the same location each class. Move around--you'll see that it changes your perspective. Get next to the instructor in some classes, and change sides in others. If you do this regularly, you'll improve faster, have more fun, and find new perspectives on some existing materials, making you a stronger dancer in less time.
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