Episode 126: The Mental Strength to Return to Dance with Miller Daurey
My guest today is inspiring the dance world by documenting his return to dance. Miller Daurey is a former professional team dancer who quit dance at 19, just when his career was really taking off. He has a new docuseries called Back to Great where he explores returning to dance training three decades later and all that entails.
In today’s episode, we talk a lot about his message that it’s never too late to go back to something you once loved. He turned the tables on me a few times in this episode by asking questions that really made me think, which I of course love. We talked about the mental toll of the new culture in LA of filming for social media at the end of dance class. Personally, I love watching those videos, but it’s certainly interesting to explore the mental cost of participating in those videos in a space that’s meant for learning. We also talked about our identity as a dancer, comparison and perfectionism, creating a safe class environment in the dance studio, and most importantly, how you show up for yourself.
Key Highlights –
- [2m 07s] – Miller’s Dance Background
- [4m 31s] – Miller’s Return-to-Dance Story
- [6m 55s] – What’s Changed in the Industry
- [12m 51s] – Breathwork in the Moment
- [16m 21s] – Perfectionism in Dance
- [25m 52s] – Class vs. Being Performance Ready
- [28m 44s] – Identity as a Dancer
- [33m 00s] – Miller’s Routines
- [45m 08s] – Advice for Those Returning to an Old Dream
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Miller Daurey is a former professional teen dancer who quit dance at 19 — just when his career was really taking off. In his new docuseries, Back To Great, he explores returning to dance training 3 decades later and all that entails. It’s his hope to inspire and remind others… it’s never too late to go back to something you once loved.