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Dance — Attention and Focus in Dance



Teaching Tip: Becoming More Aware of Our Thoughts

Teaching Tip: Becoming More Aware of Our Thoughts

By Clare Guss-West, Director of the Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation  Shifting attention in dance is for most of us like learning a new language: It becomes familiar with practice....

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Teaching Tip: External Attentional Foci

Teaching Tip: External Attentional Foci

By Clare Guss-West, Director of the Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation  In my direct experience of teaching dancers, I have learned that we frequently use multiple types of feedback from...

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Teaching Tip: Preparing Students for After Graduation

Teaching Tip: Preparing Students for After Graduation

By Ali Duffy, PhD, associate professor of dance at Texas Tech University and founder and artistic director of Flatlands Dance Theatre The first year after graduation can be overwhelming as dance students...

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Teaching Tip: Working in a Systematic Way

Teaching Tip: Working in a Systematic Way

By Clare Guss-West, Director of the Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation    There is, in general, a lack of a systematic attention and focus strategy or of consistent mental training for dancers,...

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Teaching Tip: An Intro to Attentional Focus in Dance

Teaching Tip: An Intro to Attentional Focus in Dance

By Clare Guss-West, Director of the Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation  What is the power of attentional focus and what can it add to your dance teaching and performance? Here...

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