Customized dancer packages

Psychologists often interpret behaviour in terms of what it moves us away from and what it moves us towards. American-Hungarian Psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, refers to ``the psychology of optimal experience,`` and believes that those who experience the greatest enjoyment in life are those who have learned to focus their attention on goals they themselves have chosen. These experiences in turn feed back into their sense of self, producing greater confidence.

Explanation:

Art imitates life, in that for two to come together as one in partnership dance, each needs to be emotionally whole first. The emotional, mental and physical stability of each individual dancer contributes to the stability of the couple, and similarly for all other concepts related to performance, such as verbal and non-verbal communication and interpretation of the dance.

In the dance, as in the relationship, at some point a struggle occurs with making a “growth choice” or a “fear choice.” The growth choice usually involves working through certain issues and previous behaviours, habits and thoughts which are no longer useful. In Dance-Intelligence sessions, dancers are encouraged to shift from defensive positions, for example, being closed, inflexible and fearful, to becoming more emotionally adaptive, open and curious with one another.

Consequently, the more improvement there is in the dance relationship, the more influential other psychological aspects of the self, such as emotional resilience, kindness, and ways of relating, become in determining performance outcome.

Process:

  • An initial assessment session is booked to discuss a bespoke package uniquely suited to the needs of the dancer or dancing couple.
  • This first meeting with us involves gathering relevant history and information relating to your dance relationships, as well as your past and current experiences as dancers.
  • We are focused on understanding your narrative, and the conscious and unconscious patterns that have influenced your lives and relationships.
  • In designing the intervention plan we incorporate elements from all our workshops, as well as therapeutic principles from partnered dance therapy, to work through any obstacles that may be hindering your growth as dancers.
  • Overall, the package accommodates eight sessions minimum, which can be increased if needed.

Aim:

We endeavour to support dancers become the best version of themselves, personally and professionally, by creating personalised strategies. Various elements from our interactive workshops and partnered dance therapy are incorporated to build and strengthen dance-intelligence. We aim to facilitate dance relationships that stress the experience of two people actively and authentically engaging each other in the present moment, by truly “showing up” for one another.

Guiding principles for the sessions:

 

• supporting emotional safety in the body by paying attention to grounding in the movement, noticing emotional boundaries and respect for personal space,

• supporting mindfulness skills by paying attention to the experience of body sensations, movements, and states, fostering the ability to verbalize these,

• paying attention to responses to the other,

• facilitators remain present and attuned to the clients at all times, seeing and hearing them as they are, respecting individual experiences.

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