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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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    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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    What Is Musicality In Dance And How Can I Use It?

    Musicality is a term bandied around a lot in the industry, and for every dancer as you progress and hone your skill, you realise that technique is a beginning, not an end. But what exactly is musicality and how can we tap into it? In a nutshell it comes down to how we interpret what we are hearing. Dance is almost like a physical reflection of the piece we can hear. So ask yourself: If this piece of music were to be viewed as movement, what would it look like? With this in mind, let’s delve a little bit deeper into this. Here I’m going to be talking about the…

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