What is Sport Psychology and How Can It Help Dancers?
When I was dancing 20+ hours a week and basically living at the studio, I was always focused on improving my technique. All my energy went into getting stronger at the ballet barre, working flexibility, and trying to nail that hard across-the-floor combo in turns and leaps class. What I wasn’t thinking about, was my mindset. I wish I could say I “got it” intuitively and knew how to harness the power of sport psychology at an early age. But in reality, I was (am) a perfectionist who worries about what other people think ALL THE TIME. There were some tools in the sport psychology toolbox that I used regularly like visualization, but for the most part, I was a typical studio kid who was desperate to keep my place in front of the jazz routine, get noticed by my ballet teacher, and win at competition. I thought the only way to accomplish those goals was to work harder and push my body further.
I wish I knew then, what I know now. I wish I knew the power of sport psychology, and in this episode, I share just that… how sport psychology can change your life as a dancer and a dance educator.
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