Sunday, October 6, 2013

How to Become a Better Dancer - The Easy Way

If you love dancing (ballet, ballroom, modern, social, etc), you already know how to become a better dancer. For the most part. You take classes, have private lessons with an instructor or coach, and you practice, practice, practice. Consistency is key. You also get out there to perform in the public arena because you know that "eyes on you" build confidence.
Most importantly, you don't forget to have fun.
There are, however, certain areas in your dancing that seem to be difficult to handle. For example, the stage fright before ballroom dance competitions, ballet recitals, or any other shows in your genre of dance. You have worked on these issues, but you are not exactly where you want to be.
Let me ask you:
- Do you have stage fright every time you perform in public?
- Do you have negative beliefs that are in the way of you becoming a better dancer ("I am just not good enough", "I will never learn this")?
- Are you often flooded with painful, negative emotions, like frustration, anger, fear of being visible, disappointment?
- Do you have issues with your body image (weight, looks, shame)?
What if I told you that there is a completely natural method that can help you with all of this - and more. Because there is. It is called EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques).
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), also called "tapping", is an alternative body/mind healing and self-improvement method related to acupuncture. Instead of needles, it uses tapping with the fingertips on specific points of the energy meridians while being "tuned in" to body sensations, thoughts and feelings. In other words, it is a form of mindful acupressure. It allows to work with negative physical or emotional intensity - creating the space for positive shifts and wellbeing to occur.
This is the best part of EFT: You can learn quickly how to do it on your own (although there are practitioners who can help) and use it for everything that does not feel right in your life - including dancing! To learn where the "tapping points" are, go to Google or YouTube.
Here is a very simple little tapping exercise that can make you feel better instantly:
Bunch the fingers of one hand together and tap with your fingertips right on the top of your head. While you are doing this, say aloud:
I was born to dance
I am a great dancer in training
I am getting better and better every day
I pick up new patterns quickly
I love to shine on the dance floor (on the stage)
I have confidence, grace, and style
I am strong
People love to see me perform
... add whatever comes to your mind. At the end, say: "And so it is!" and take a deep breath.
Consistent dance practice and EFT are a winning combination when you want to become a better dancer.

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