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    Am I A Highly Sensitive Person? The Link Between Creativity And High Sensitivity

    Have you ever heard things like- ‘you just need to toughen up,’ ‘you shouldn’t be crying,’ or ‘let it go?’ (And no, I don’t mean the Frozen song :P.) Most likely if you have, at some point your depth of feeling has been perceived as weakness (which by the way couldn’t be further from the truth.) It also means that it is incredibly likely that you are that rare unicorn type, also known as a Highly Sensitive Person. Hooray! Being in the performing arts industry isn’t easy for anyone, but for a highly sensitive person, if you don’t know how to wield and function in your sensitivity, it can be…

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    How To Validate Yourself- A Guide For Performers (Embracing The Tug Of War Between Internal And External Validation.)

    As performers, there is a litany of ways we can get our validation externally. We live for the highs- audience reaction, likes on social media posts, compliments, recognition through review or feedback, being awarded particular roles or titles. It’s very easy for it to become like a drug. Let me be clear, these things are not bad in and of themselves, they are lovely to experience! (I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy them when things go well, or that I’m unaffected when they’re not) however when these become our building blocks, and the way we see ourselves, this is when it becomes dangerous. Fundamentally we give…

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    The Best Dance Mats For Home Practise- What You Need To Know

    Perhaps this post has never been more apt, but lockdown or no lockdown, taking a look at the best dance mats for home practise is probably one of the best ways you can invest in yourself as a dancer. Not being limited by flooring when you’re outside the studio can be invaluable, so if you’re serious about utilising practise, this can be a game changer! What Is A Dance Practise Mat? A dance mat is a small temporary portable dance floor, generally made from the same type of flooring cover that you would find in your dance studio. Made specifically for dancers, it is your very own little piece of…

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    How To Stay Young And Dance For Longer- The Best Anti Aging Secrets For Dancers And Performers

    Ok, so whilst I know it’s not possible to literally turn the clocks back, let’s face it, we live in a culture that’s constantly trying to cheat time. And for dancers that pressure to stay looking young in order to be employable for longer is even more prevalent. Not only that, but we need to keep our bodies dancing young- the flexibility, the energy required to keep a gruelling schedule, the ability to stay injury free- all these things are paramount. Luckily for us, there’s some great ways that science can help, so that we can stay in our peak performance mode as I am a great believer that a…

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    Dance For Singers And Actors- A Dance Terms Glossary (Part 2)

    Welcome to part 2 of my dance terms glossary on dance for singers and actors. Now you’ve managed to build up your dance vocabulary, let’s take a look at some other moves that will most definitely come up. If you haven’t yet read my dance terms glossary part 1, you can check it out here. Some of these are very simple, but as I have witnessed before- some people struggle with them, so I decided to include a few super easy ones as well.  Please note- as in Part 1, I have done my best to label which foot is working eg (l) for left and (r) for right. Step…

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    Dance For Singers And Actors- A Dance Terms Glossary— Part 1

    So you’re in the industry! Maybe you’ve landed your first singing job at a holiday park, but have no idea how to move. Or perhaps you’re an actor and just want to survive the movement round at that all important audition. The fact is, whether you love the feeling of moving your body to music, or it makes your brain feel constipated, chances are sooner or later you are going to have to demonstrate or be willing to learn how to move (don’t panic.) The good news if you have 2 left feet, is that everyone can learn (it just may take longer for some than others depending on your…

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    How To Improve Dancing Execution Instantly

    Dance is a labour of love. But if we’re honest, everyone wants to know how to improve dancing ability instantly. They say the key to mastery in anything, is 10,000 hours. And the truth is that’s just the start, because as an artist you never stop growing (if you do, you’re doing something wrong.) It takes hours of blood, sweat (and yes, sometimes tears) to gain mastery in the many skills required to dance like a pro. But the good news is, there are things you can put into place which will instantly take your dancing to a new level of proficiency and up level you as a dancer. And…

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    Bob Fosse Dance Style- The Technique And Moves You Need To Know

    If you’re a musical theatre maven of any kind, then the name Fosse is probably as familiar to you as your morning cup of joe. And even if you’re not, chances are you’ve happened across his work, or influence, quite possibly without even realising it. The Bob Fosse dance style is unlike anything that has been before or since him, and many modern day bigwigs have drawn on his aesthetics in creating their unique style that we all know so well. Those iconic Jackson moves? He actually drew lavishly on Fosse’s use of movement when creating the signatures of the movement. That Beyoncé single ladies dance that we all bust…

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    How To Improve Dancing Skills And Ability—Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

    So from time to time, in every dancers career it’s inevitable that at some point we will find the steps too hard. It can feel frustrating, and ugly and if we don’t know how to use it to spur us on, we can leave feeling disheartened. So what do you do in that situation where a class is too hard, or in an audition when you can’t pick up all the choreography? Or how about if your technique just isn’t where you wish it were? Here is the ammo you’re going to need to hit the target of your goals head on. I’m going to address how to improve dancing…

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    The Best Free Dance Classes For Adults Online Whilst In Lockdown: Part 1

    Anyone else loving doing class in their pajamas? The world has shifted overnight, and the dance industry world has adapted to mirror this, creating brand new shifts of its own. In light of the covid-19 crisis, dancers all over the world are becoming shining beacons of passion and resilience, with many classes being taught by teachers who are teaching for free. Given that all of us dancers are currently out of work, it really is the best way to keep the dance world going; but it also is the most beautiful gift. I’m so incredibly grateful for all the classes from these amazing teachers. Perhaps the most amazing thing is…

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