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Is dancers' anxiety real?

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A lot of our new students come to me after class or before a class with a lot of worries, centering around their abilities, technique, skills, flair, and body.

Dear student,

Is there such a thing as dancers' anxiety? Simply put, yes there is, but the real answer lies in understanding the intersection of self-love, confidence, and the unique challenges you face as a dance student.

Self-love is the foundation upon which confidence in yourself is built. It's about recognizing and embracing your worth, acknowledging your strengths, and accepting your imperfections as part of your journey. As humans, and especially as dancers, we often strive for perfection, but it's crucial to remember that true beauty lies in authenticity and vulnerability.

Confidence is not about being flawless; it's about trusting yourself and your abilities, even in the face of challenges. It's about stepping onto the dance floor with courage and conviction, knowing that you have put in the hard work and dedication to shine.

However, despite our best efforts, we sometimes still experience anxiety. And that's okay.

Anxiety stems from various sources: performance pressure, fear of judgment, or comparison to others. These feelings are valid and understandable, but they should not define your dance journey.

So, how can we combat dancers' anxiety and cultivate self-love and confidence?

1. Practice self-care

Take care of your body, mind, and soul. Eat well, stay hydrated, get enough rest, and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation outside of dance.

2. Set realistic goals

Break down your dance goals into manageable steps and celebrate your progress along the way. Remember that growth takes time, and every step forward is an achievement to be proud of. In our dance school, we'll help you set and meet your goals through our online weekly Divine Feminine Meditation class and absolve any limiting beliefs. You can find more information about the classes on the homepage!

3. Focus on the process, not just the outcome

Enjoy the journey of learning and growing as a dancer. Don't rush into mastering an entire art form from day 1. You don't need that self-inflicted pressure and criticism. Instead, embrace the journey, and see its challenges as opportunities for growth and learning rather than obstacles to be feared.

4. Cultivate a positive mindset

Challenge negative self-talk and replace it with affirmations of self-love and encouragement. Surround yourself with supportive people who uplift and inspire you.

5. Practice mindfulness

Stay present in the moment and focus on the joy of dancing rather than worrying about past mistakes or future outcomes.

6. Seek support

Talk to your dance teacher (myself or others), peers, or a trusted mentor about your feelings and struggles. Remember that you are not alone, and asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

7. Embrace imperfection

Understand that mistakes are a natural part of the learning process and an opportunity for growth. Embrace your uniqueness and allow yourself to shine authentically.

Ultimately, dancers' anxiety is real, but it doesn't define you. By cultivating self-love, confidence, and resilience, you can overcome challenges and embrace your journey as a badass dancer with courage and grace.

Keep dancing with passion and purpose,

Nat aka Fyra Velvette xx

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