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6 Reasons Dance Training Makes Us Better Human Beings

“Every year we remind the kids that in academic schooling not moving up to the next grade every year is seen as a failure but in the arts, it is normal to stay in a level for multiple years as you perfect your skills. Every year there are kids who don’t move up and are upset. But they soon realize that moving to the next level comes with mastery of a certain set of techniques and mastering those techniques takes hard work.” 

As we have been enrolling students into classes for 2020 we remind all our families of the amazing benefits dance has for their children now and into their future. This article offers some brilliant reasons why dancing makes us better Human Beings. Please share this ARTICLE with the dances in your world.

Quote and Article sourced from dancemagazine.com

Images from Stepnout archives

Rude, Mean, or Bullying? A Child Therapist Defines the Differences

Bullying is such an important issue in society today but we don’t want to confuse rude and mean behaviour with bullying. I believe that it is very important that parents understand the difference so we can help our children distinquish the behaviour correctly.

I hope you find this blog sourced from amightygirl.com helpful too.

Rude, Mean or Bullying? A child therapist defines the difference

Quote sourced from constantdrama

The 12 Days of Dance Teacher Christmas

With the silly season upon us and as we wind down after another fantastic year of dancing at Stepnout Performing Arts I thought you would all enjoy a bit of Christmas fun. 

Article posted and sourced from Haley Hilton and dance-teacher.com

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On the first day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Students who are never tardy.

On the second day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the third day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Three perfect pirouettes, two pointed feet
And students who are never tardy.

On the fourth day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the fifth day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the sixth day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Six teams a stretching, five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the seventh day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Seven costumes sparkling,
Six teams a stretching, five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the eighth day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Eight pins a holding, seven costumes sparkling,
Six teams a stretching, five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the ninth day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Nine ladies waltzing,
Eight pins a holding, seven costumes sparkling,
Six teams a stretching, five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the tenth day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Ten men a leaping, nine ladies waltzing,
Eight pins a holding, seven costumes sparkling,
Six teams a stretching, five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Eleven battements lifting,
Ten men a leaping, nine ladies waltzing,
Eight pins a holding, seven costumes sparkling,
Six teams a stretching, five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Twelve hugs and thank yous, eleven battements lifting,
Ten men a leaping, nine ladies waltzing,
Eight pins a holding, seven costumes sparkling,
Six teams a stretching, five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

 
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Dancing Benefits Brain Function Teamwork and Health, According to a Neuroscience Ph.D. It doesn’t even matter if you do it badly or well.

“What’s a quick, easy way to improve your mood, productivity, brain function, and physical health? Take a five-minute dance break.”

How simple and yet very productive life would be if we all did this. Everyone would be a “Happy Little Vegemite!”

“Dance is a fantastic thing to do in the workplace because it benefits you and your employees in four different ways.” Click Here to find out more.

As one who advocates dance always I believe this article needs to be shared with those in charge, school principals or anyone in authority. Helping the masses helps yourself. Enjoy!

Article and image sourced from inc.com

How To Improve Your Performance With Your Eyes Closed

It’s the stuff that dreams are made of – improving your performance with your eyes closed – but how do we harness the power of mental imagery in reality?

Click Here to find out “Just like The BFG, you too could have your own ‘workshop’, filled with mental imagery that you can draw on when you’re in need… or when you just want to practice your latest performance piece while you’re doing daily tasks.”

Please share this great article with the dancers in your family.

Article and image sourced from stageminded.com

The Basics of Overcoming Stage-Fright and Performance Anxiety

As we draw closer to our concert season and rehearsals are in full swing, some students begin to show signs of Performance anxiety and stage fright. Everyone, including staff experiences some anxiety in the lead up to competitions and concerts. The way you deal with this anxiety and stage fright makes all the difference.

 

 

 

Click here to read about 4 great strategies to overcome the anxiety and have a great experience. Please share this article with all the performers in your family form the tallest to the tiniest. Don’t forget your dance dads that have signed on to be part of our Dads dance.

 

 

 

Article sourced from showstopper.vip

Feature images sourced from Stepnout Performing Arts archives

How To Break A Negative Thought Loop

 

Article written by Darius Foroux and copied from dariusforoux.com

Sometimes a small thing disturbs me. Somebody might say something that rubs me the wrong way. I might get a minor injury that prevents me from working out. Something at work might go wrong. 

Do you know that feeling? Before you know it, you’re questioning everything about your life, career, health, or relationship.

You do everything to resist the situation. You try to fix it. You feel compelled to address the disturbance. But here’s the thing, you don’t control the disturbance. 

That frustrates you even more. Now, you’re getting sucked in by negative thoughts. At this point, something that started as a small annoyance became a big life problem. 

You feel like quitting your job or relationship. You feel like everything works against you. And that nothing is worth it. 

That’s a negative thought loop. I’ve experienced that very often. And I bet you have too. Why do we experience this? 

It’s about control. We think life should be a certain way. In other words, we want everything to happen the way we want. And if it doesn’t, we flip out. Negative thought loops often start when something comes to an end. Have you noticed that? 

Filling The Void

Look, everything in life comes to an end. Your job, business, career, relationships, friendships, and so forth. And every time something comes to an end in our life, it’s like a little death. Something dies and leaves a void inside us. 

This event by itself is neither good or bad. It’s the nature of life. We can turn endings into bad things by trying to replace the thing that left our life. For example, when a relationship ends, a lot of people try to fill the void by taking on more work.

I’ve done that as well. All the time and energy you spent on the relationship becomes free when it ends. And because you don’t want to feel alone, you try to fill the void by working more. You want to set higher goals and do a better job. 

But that’s only you escaping reality. The truth is that endings suck. But it’s also a natural part of life. We should not resist change. Some things, we can’t replace in life. 

If you lose your job, you can’t simply replace working by spending more time with your spouse. And yet, that’s exactly what many of us do. We either lose our job or fail at work and we think, “Now I can at least spend more time with my family.”

You’re trying to fill the void. But that takes too much energy. And when some minor thing disturbs you, it causes your foundation to shake. Why? Because your foundation was weak all this time.

Everything Has Its Place

You can’t fill a relationship void with work or exercise. You can’t fill a health void with alcohol or drugs. You can’t fill a work void with spirituality. 

You need to catch yourself when you’re trying to escape reality. And that’s one of the hardest things in life. Too often, people live their entire life in denial. We can’t let that happen. We need to look inward. 

I can tell you from personal experience that’s very hard. I always struggle when something in my life ends. My first response is always to find a replacement. But I’ve learned that everything has its place.

You can’t replace your friends with your boyfriend or girlfriend. You can’t replace exercise with working more. You need to allocate the right amount of time and energy to all aspects of life.

Thousands of years of evolution has shown us that human beings have similar needs. We need safety, support, relationships, joy, perspective, and something useful to do with our time. That’s true for every person. 

When you recognize that simple fact about life, it forces you to take a helicopter view. You need to elevate your perspective on your life. When you’re stuck in a negative thought cycle, you have zero perspective. You’re consumed by your thoughts.

You need to force yourself to look at life in general. Not just your current situation. Look at life’s nature—it’s about motion. 

Letting Go

Michael A. Singer, an entrepreneur who once ran a large software company, and the author of The Untethered Soul, summarized the concept of letting go well:

“It’s pretty black-and-white. You either let go or you don’t.”

He speaks from experience. Singer was prosecuted by the Department of Justice for securities fraud. During that time, he risked losing it all. 

Eventually, all charges against him were dropped and his name was cleared, but he let go of it way before that. In fact, he wrote The Untethered Soul while he was being prosecuted. 

If a person who’s facing the risk of losing it all can let go, you and I also can. People often come up with all kinds of excuses. They say it’s easier said than done and that letting go is not easy.

No one said it’s easy. We all have our own challenges and obstacles. Sometimes people try to convince others that they are really having a hard time. Honestly, no one cares. You let go for yourself

So if you’re stuck inside a negative thought loop, know that you only have two options:

  1. You continue and let it destroy you
  2. You let go and move on

The choice is yours. And yes, it’s that simple. Decide between those two options and see for yourself.

To view this article on Darius Foroux’s website please click here

SOME QUESTIONS FOR OUR AMAZING CELESTE

When did you start dancing? When I was 3 years old.

What’s your favourite part of teaching? Seeing the journey of students as they grow and develop their skills in their craft, and how those skills help them in their everyday life as well. 

What advice would you give your younger self? To always believe that things happen for a reason. 

What’s your next holiday destination? The Seychelles Islands! That’s where lots of my family are from. 

Who is your favourite performer? There’s so many! A few are Meryl Streep, Jeremy Jordan, Travis Wall, for his choreography and performance. 

What was the last show you saw? I saw Aladdin, it was amazing! 

What are your goals for the future? To be performing/teaching all over the world. Also to be working with animals in rescuing and rehabilitation. 

Why did you choose your profession? The performing arts has been something I’ve grown up around, it feels like home to me and it’s always been the community that I’ve wanted to be a part of. 

If you won the lottery, what would you do? I would use the money to make sure my family was taken care of, donate to as many people in third world countries, and donate to animal rescue/rehabilitation centers. 

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why? I’d love to learn how to play the drums. I’ve always had an interest in playing them, they just look like fun! 

 

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