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Ever wish you had someone to help you with the mental aspects of dance? That's exactly what you get when you tune in to the Passion for Dance podcast... a sport psychology expert who understands the dance industry.

Welcome to a Passion for Dance Podcast where your host Dr. Chelsea will bring the science of sport psychology into the dance studio. Each week you will hear tips and strategies around topics like confidence, growth mindset, resilience, motivation, and happiness… all the tools the help you thrive and become the best version of yourself (on and off the dance floor!)

Dance teaches us to push through the pain to reach our goals, and we are used to criticism, tears, bleeding toes, and sore muscles. The show must go on no matter what right? But what if there were another way? Being a dancer teaches us important life skills, but that doesn't mean we have to be broken in order to build ourselves back up. Dance can teach us about self-discipline, teamwork, confidence, grit, and resilience without destroying a dancer’s self-esteem.

The path to personal growth is full of joy, self-discovery, and challenging roadblocks, but we don’t have to figure it out alone.

So if you are a dance educator, studio teacher, or school coach, what do you say? Are you ready to share your passion for dance with the world?

Passion for Dance Chelsea Pierotti

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 60 Ratings

Ever wish you had someone to help you with the mental aspects of dance? That's exactly what you get when you tune in to the Passion for Dance podcast... a sport psychology expert who understands the dance industry.

Welcome to a Passion for Dance Podcast where your host Dr. Chelsea will bring the science of sport psychology into the dance studio. Each week you will hear tips and strategies around topics like confidence, growth mindset, resilience, motivation, and happiness… all the tools the help you thrive and become the best version of yourself (on and off the dance floor!)

Dance teaches us to push through the pain to reach our goals, and we are used to criticism, tears, bleeding toes, and sore muscles. The show must go on no matter what right? But what if there were another way? Being a dancer teaches us important life skills, but that doesn't mean we have to be broken in order to build ourselves back up. Dance can teach us about self-discipline, teamwork, confidence, grit, and resilience without destroying a dancer’s self-esteem.

The path to personal growth is full of joy, self-discovery, and challenging roadblocks, but we don’t have to figure it out alone.

So if you are a dance educator, studio teacher, or school coach, what do you say? Are you ready to share your passion for dance with the world?

    DANCER BONUS: Understanding Mental Health vs. Mental Toughness

    DANCER BONUS: Understanding Mental Health vs. Mental Toughness

    Dancers, this one is directly for you! You can be a mentally healthy dancer who is ALSO mentally tough. Here's the difference between mental toughness and mental health and how you can build your mental toughness.
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    • 5 min
    156. Teaching Your Dancers Mental Toughness and How to Take Corrections

    156. Teaching Your Dancers Mental Toughness and How to Take Corrections

    Do you feel like it's getting harder and harder to challenge your dancers and hold them to a high standard without hurting their feelings or being seen as a mean coach? When I talk to dance educators, many of them express this internal conflict where they want to push their dancers for more and help them see the value of hard work, but they might be scared of nasty parent phone calls, worried about being fired, and have a genuine fear of harming the dancers they care so much about. I understand the stress and fear, and I also appreciate the desire to recognize mental health.
    In today's episode, I’ll be sharing the difference between mental health and mental toughness so that you can be the teacher that is able to create happier, more successful dancers through mental skills. We’ll talk about how mental health and mental toughness go hand in hand, and I’ll share a few strategies to help you help your dancers build mental toughness. I hope this episode helps you see that it is possible to teach our dancers to be mentally tough while also protecting their wellbeing!
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    • 11 min
    155. Unveiling the Power of Year-End Leadership Interviews

    155. Unveiling the Power of Year-End Leadership Interviews

    Before you dive too fast into next season, do you stop and ask your dancers to reflect on the past season and share their candid thoughts with you? Though I know sometimes at the end of the season it's easy to go straight into next season, hopefully you take a small break in between. 
    While it can be hard to hear, and I understand sending out a survey or sitting down to talk might feel nerve wracking to you, it's incredibly powerful to do this with your dancers. One of the most untapped resources is your leadership (either formal captains, graduating seniors, or even upcoming leaders). Asking them key questions can completely change your next season for the better.
    In today’s episode I’ll share with you why it's so valuable to ask your dancers questions at the end of the year. I’ll also be talking about how I learned to ask my dancers to pause and reflect on the last season as well as share with you the five questions you should specifically ask your captains. I promise these reflections with your captains at the end of the year will change how you plan and set yourself up for the next season!
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    • 14 min
    154: 3 Ways to Teach Mental Toughness to Young Dancers between 5 and 10

    154: 3 Ways to Teach Mental Toughness to Young Dancers between 5 and 10

    Do you teach dancers under ten years old? Can you teach dancers that little about mental toughness, or is it better to wait? I'm often asked if mental skills training is appropriate for young dancers taking level one classes or in the mini competitive program. The answer is, yes, it is appropriate.
    In this episode, I’ll share three key ideas to build mental toughness in young dancers. We’ll also discuss how mental training is just like physical training and the importance of exposing your young dancers to mental skills training at a young age. Talking about mental skills, mindset, resilience might seem like an advanced conversation or just too much for our youngest dancers, but I'm here to say you can talk to dancers about mental toughness at every age. If you teach young dancers, tune in to hear more about building mental toughness at any age!
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    • 13 min
    153. How I Plan a Dance Team Season

    153. How I Plan a Dance Team Season

    In the dance world, summer isn’t just the time for intensives and summer camps, it’s also a time for a whole lot of planning. If you're someone like me who loves a good planner, someone who color codes everything, and someone who enjoys mapping out the next year to come, I'm excited to share my planning process with you! If you don’t consider yourself a planner, I encourage you to listen in and consider a new perspective: you can be a planner if you want to.
    In this episode, we’ll break down my four-step planning process of reviewing the year ahead, choosing what to focus on, digging into your calendar, and dialing into Q1 of the upcoming year. If you want to see some growth in your dancers this next year, tune into this episode to hear all about my four-step planning process!
    Episode Resources: https://chelseapierotti.com/153
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    • 13 min
    152. How to Unleash Your Roaring Resilience with Josephine Lancuba

    152. How to Unleash Your Roaring Resilience with Josephine Lancuba

    This episode is an incredible story of resilience and how one woman went from leaving an abusive home at 14 to creating a life for herself as a performer and business owner. Our guest today, Josephine Lancuba, is an award-winning performing arts business and talent management professional from Sydney, Australia. She's an educator, speaker, talent agent, and has spent two decades in the arts industry, leading and managing studios and production-based businesses (including her own musical theater studio) for the last ten years.
    Josephine's story of resilience is absolutely inspiring, but it's more than that because she shares actionable tips for building resilience as a teacher, studio owner, and how we can help our dancers. We also talk about building confidence, defining your own success, and the power of forgiveness. Hopefully this Passion for Dance conversation will lift your spirits and inspire you to keep sharing your passion for dance!
    Episode Resources: https://chelseapierotti.com/152
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    Josephine’s Website: https://www.josephinelancuba.com/
    Connect with Josephine on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/josephinelancuba/
     

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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60 Ratings

60 Ratings

SaraS CO ,

Dance Educators Need To Listen!

Dr. Chelsea touches on so many topics and issues that I experience and see with my dancers everyday! This industry is a tough one, but is if we, as educators, take the time to train the next generation differently we can improve mental health, resiliency, and help raise better humans first and dancers second! I love this podcast, and appreciate that it doesn’t make me feel so alone.

RemoteTeacher ,

A must-listen for dance educators!

This podcast covers so many essential topics when navigating the unique world of teaching and coaching dance. I find Chelsea’s discussions validating and insightful, she explains even the most complicated subjects in such an effortless way. A must-listen for anyone who works with dancers!

Melody WV ,

The BEST!!

I absolutely LOVE all of the wisdom that is shared in these episodes. There are so many tools available to dance teachers and coaches. I have found this podcast to be one of the best. Chelsea’s openness and honesty comes through in what she says and she has guests on the show that bring depth and variety as well. I love being able to share pertinent episodes with my dancers and team. I genuinely look forward to every episode!!

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