30 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: HOW CAN I DANCE WITH CONFIDENCE PLEASE HELP!
As cliche and contradictory as it sounds, BE CONFIDENT!
Sometimes the only person who is going to believe in you is you and you have to realize that YOU can do it. YOU are capable of going all the way. YOU have the potential.
I personally have struggled with confidence for a long time. It took me the last 2 years or so (off and on) to get my head on straight and my dancing is finally starting to take off. For me, my struggle was that I really didn’t know how good (or bad) I was as a dancer, I had some guesstimates but the not truly knowing was killing my confidence.
Here are a few things that I did that really helped me. Hope it helps you too.
1. Video tape your dancing. I know that this can be terrifying. Trust me, I did it and it was scary. But here is how you do it. Tape your routine maybe 3 different times. Then go back and watch it. When you watch it though, bring a notepad and before you critique yourself, make yourself pick out 5 things each time that where GOOD. Then pick out 5 things -specific things- that need some work and practice a bit. After a week or however long you want, tape again and mark your progress.
2. Tell yourself you are a good dancer. Tell yourself you are confident. and Tell yourself that you are going to make it to whatever your goal(s) are. If you say it out loud at least 2x per day (even if its in your closet :)) you will start to believe it. The mind believes what we tell it to believe.
3.If you have a good relationship with your teacher, ask to meet with him/her outside of class for15min. Tell them you are having some difficulty and that you need some encouragement. Sometimes teachers see all the good things and forget to tell us. Specifically ask them to tell you strictly things that are improving, better or changed in your dancing.
4. Read the Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. It really helped me sort out my confidence and I think it will help you too.
Sorry that this is so long but I really hope that this helps you. I hate to see anyone struggle with confidence.
If you want to be confident, pretend you are for a day. you will be amazed at how different you will feel.
30 7 / 2014
Honestly guys don’t ever let anything before majors (or even local feis) come between you. If you can push through it, do it I promise it’s worth it! I’m at the point with dancing where I am literally in the studio 7 days a week for at least 3 hours and I come home trenched in sweat and blisters. This nationals was a long time coming for me. I recalled my first nationals at 7, didn’t recall for 6 YEARS after, missed one year because of my surgery, came back got 24th, last year got 15th and this year.. 3rd! Two weeks ago I was at a point where I didn’t even know if I could do nationals because my groin is pulled, I have a bone sticking out on my foot and my toe is broken. Somehow you push through everything if you love it this much and it definately pays off!!
On top of the moon still :)
Bringing this back as a reminder for anyone that is lacking motivation
30 7 / 2014
just noticed the webcam flashing above my monitor and realised I’ve been recording myself blogging in this position for an hour and twenty minutes
30 7 / 2014
As a dancer, life without dance is practically unimaginable, we MUST dance!
I have some students approaching high school and would like to compile a list of reasons to stay in dance (outside of professional dance career) to help them see that dance is worthwhile.
So I put it to you, Why Dance?
1. Dance friends can be the truest friends.
2. Stress relief when everything else about being a young adult seems to be too much
3. Being dedicated to a sport like Irish dance has taught me more lessons in discipline than high school or college ever did.
4. If you ever move to another state, you can join the local dance school and instantly fit in somewhere.
5. Because it feels great having a passion for something.
These are benefits that come to mind off the top of my head, but there are many more, I’m sure.