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  • Writer's pictureDjounia Saint-Fleurant

Harmony in Motion: 3 Lessons I Learned from the NMGZ LA Dance Battle

Participating in the National Millennial and Gen Z trip to Los Angeles marked my second adventure with the group, and it turned out to be an absolute rollercoaster of experiences. From insightful company visits to meeting top-notch executives, the trip was filled with opportunities to learn and connect. Yet, it was an unexpected and thrilling dance battle, orchestrated by the visionary Bill Imada, our founder, that etched the most unforgettable memories into my journey.

Reflecting on the dance-off, I've come to realize that within those 30 minutes of chaotic yet collaborative choreography, I gleaned three essential lessons about the magic of teamwork.

1. Embracing Diversity:

Our dance crew was like a tiny world, featuring people from diverse cultures and varying dance backgrounds. Initially, I wondered how this mix could pull off a synchronized dance performance in just 30 minutes. To my surprise, our differences became our strength. Each team member brought a unique flavor to the choreography, blending different styles and making our performance more interesting. Rather than being a hurdle, our diversity turned out to be an asset, teaching me the importance of having a variety of perspectives on a team.

2. Talking and Working Together:

In the heat of the dance battle, effective communication became crucial. Our dance instructor broke down the steps, ensuring everyone understood their role. We talked, helped each other out, and shared feedback. It wasn't just about nailing the moves; it was about open communication and figuring things out together. Despite starting as a group of beginners, we quickly learned that teamwork involves being open, listening, and navigating challenges collectively.

3. Celebrating Collective Success:

When our turn to perform arrived, the transformation from a group of novices to a synchronized team was truly impressive. As they announced the winning team, there was no hint of rivalry or resentment. Instead, cheers and applause erupted from everyone. It dawned on me that genuine teamwork goes beyond individual or group recognition; it's about celebrating collective success. The shared experience of the dance battle solidified our camaraderie, creating lasting connections beyond the trip and the dance floor.

The LA trip taught me fundamental lessons about teamwork. By appreciating our differences, fostering open communication, and celebrating everyone's success, we turned a seemingly daunting challenge into a joyful team-building experience. These simple lessons resonate as I move forward, understanding that teamwork is not just about achieving goals together but also about building connections that enhance our collective journey.


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