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    Emotional Freedom Technique For Performers and Creatives

    So I think it’s safe to say 2020 didn’t quite go the way any of us planned! But I have found some pretty exciting things happening amidst the chaos, and one of those is that I recently took the plunge in starting my training as an EFT practitioner, alongside my dance career. Excited! Now you may be wondering firstly- what is EFT, and secondly how is it relevant to me as a performer/creative person? These are great questions! In answer to the second, I think it’s important to note that we have to put who we are before what we do. As humans we are a magnificent tapestry of every past…

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    5 Facts About Vera Ellen And What We Can Learn To Improve Our Dancing

    With Christmas only 1 sleep away, it seems only fitting that I pay homage to my absolute favourite dancer, who I absolutely adored from the very second I saw her in White Christmas. Everyone has that Christmas film that makes them feel like glitter is exploding inside of them, and for me White Christmas is that film. Vera is absolutely one of the Hollywood greats and no matter how many times I watch her, I’m always mesmerised. She was one of the things that made me want to become a dancer so badly. I’d replay her dance scenes over and over on YouTube. So why is this important if you…

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    Astoria Activewear Review- Astoria Seamless Sculpt Sports Crop In Ruby

    Product: Astoria Seamless Sculpt Sports Bra (Ruby.) Price: 57.99 USD Coupon code for 15% off: NATALIEMARIE+15 Rating: 10/10 (based on fit, comfort, support, design and durability- I couldn’t fault in any way, so hooray!) So Astoria Activewear have been on my radar for a while, but last week I decided to finally take the plunge and I’m SO glad I did. Astoria is a lifestyle brand with the focus on fit for activewear, and their designs are just gorgeous so needless to say, like a magpie with shiny new things- I had to try them out. I opted for the Astoria Seamless Sculpt Sports Crop In Ruby, as I really…

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    The Highly Sensitive Person’s Toolkit- Techniques For Highly Sensitive Performers To Thrive

    Oh the feels. Being sensitive can make you feel a little like carrying round a packet of tissues carefully labelled ‘in case of feels’ at all times. Now disclaimer, being sensitive does not mean ‘weak.’ It simply means that you are part of that shiny group of people whose nervous systems are scientifically more sensitive and therefore you quite literally feel things a bit more deeply. FYI, this refers to all emotions– the good as well! Yay! (Most of the time, I’m pretty happy-go-lucky.) It is more about having on tap access to that pool of emotion. It wasn’t until I talked to some of my friends that I realised…

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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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    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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