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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 • 50 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?

    “I Can’t Do Left” and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves

    “I Can’t Do Left” and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves

    There are so many times I’ve heard dances say things like “I can’t do left” or “I’m not a turner.” And of course, there are many times I’ve thought those things too. As a coach, it honestly wasn’t a lot better. I would think, “I wish I could be as talented as she is,” or “I can’t do that like he can.” But I’ve learned something over the years that I want to share with all of you today. We lie to ourselves a lot. Maybe we don’t mean to, maybe we don’t even know it, or maybe we really believe those negative thoughts in our own heads. But we can be better. So let’s talk about the lies we tell ourselves and what they really mean.
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    Show Notes and Resources
    Freebie: 23 Growth Mindset Questions
    https://chelseapierotti.com/73
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    Be sure to visit me on Instagram @dr.chelsea.pierotti for more mental skills advice for dancers.
     

    • 14 min
    How To Handle Those Big Life Changes

    How To Handle Those Big Life Changes

    If you are a dance educator long enough, you will go through some big life changes that will impact your career and your dancers. When you have something big happening in your life like a wedding, a medical issue, the birth of a child, or moving, it usually causes a lot of stress and can be hard to navigate as a leader. When I think about my own big life changes over the last 15 years, I know I would start to just go through the motions, or stress about what it all means for my dancers. But even really positive changes can be difficult to cope with. So in this episode, I share some advice about how to handle big life changes as a leader.
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    Show Notes and Resources
    https://chelseapierotti.com/72
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    Did you enjoy today’s episode? Please leave a rating and review on Apple podcasts!
    Be sure to visit me on Instagram @dr.chelsea.pierotti for more mental skills advice for dancers.

    • 16 min
    The Most Important Conversation You Need to Have With Your Assistant Coach

    The Most Important Conversation You Need to Have With Your Assistant Coach

    Are you an assistant coach? Do you have an assistant in your program? Maybe you’re in the school setting and lucky enough to be an assistant coach.  Or maybe you’re a head coach doing everything alone and wishing for some help! While this typically applies to a school or all-star setting with head and assistant coaches, it can also apply to studio teachers and owners who have younger teachers that report to you.
    If you work with more than one dance educator but you have to be on the same page sometimes and this episode is for you. I’m going to share a little about my journey as a head coach with and without an assistant, and if you have assistants, the 4 questions you should ask them at the beginning of the season, plus if you are the assistant, I have some questions you should make sure to ask of your head coach or studio owner before we get back to the fall season. 
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    Freebie Download: Assistant Coach Questions 
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    Be sure to visit me on Instagram @dr.chelsea.pierotti for more mental skills advice for dancers.
     

    • 19 min
    Developing a Confident Dancer Off the Marley (Part 2)

    Developing a Confident Dancer Off the Marley (Part 2)

    Last summer, I hosted an online conference called the Confident Dancer Summit, where 20 different dance educators came together to teach a short course on different aspects of confidence. It was a great weekend and I decided to share one of those inspiring conversations with you today. One of the summit speakers was Mary Wendt, an incredible woman I’ve had the pleasure of working with a few times. She’s the Education director for the  USASF (or US All-Star Federation). For her class at the summit, she paired up with another USASF director Kinshasa Garret and they brought together other successful coaches and had a panel discussion about increasing dancers' confidence.

    This episode is PART 2 of this conversation, so if you missed last episode, go back and start there! Here is part two of the Confident Dancer Summit Panel discussion with Mary Wendt and Kinshasa Garret.
    All Resources Mentioned in Today’s Show:
    https://chelseapierotti.com/70
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    Be sure to visit me on Instagram @dr.chelsea.pierotti for more mental skills advice for dancers.

    • 19 min
    Developing a Confident Dancer Off the Marley (Part 1)

    Developing a Confident Dancer Off the Marley (Part 1)

    Last summer, I hosted an online conference called the Confident Dancer Summit, where 20 different dance educators came together to teach a short course on different aspects of confidence. It was a great weekend and I decided to share one of those inspiring conversations with you today.
    This summit class brought together many successful coaches and had a panel discussion about increasing dancers' confidence. I love how this turned out and am excited to share it with you. I’m going to break it up into two parts, so here is part one of the Confident Dancer Summit Panel discussion with Mary Wendt and Kinshasa Garret.
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    All Resources Mentioned in Today’s Show:
    https://chelseapierotti.com/69
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    Did you enjoy today’s episode? Please leave a rating and review on Apple podcasts!
    Be sure to visit me on Instagram @dr.chelsea.pierotti for more mental skills advice for dancers.

    • 29 min
    My Teaching Philosophy and How it Changed Me

    My Teaching Philosophy and How it Changed Me

    Do you have a teaching or coaching philosophy? Personally, it took me years to come up with my own personal teaching philosophy that was really specific to me and not just words you say on a job application. It took years of experience, challenges, successes, and choices. After all of that time, my personal coaching philosophy is simple but powerful. And above all else, as an educator, I have learned why it's so important to reflect and come up with your own personal teaching or coaching philosophy. So in this episode, I’m going to share why it matters, how it will save you so much time in the future, and some tips to get you started if you haven’t written one before. And of course, I’ve got a free resource for you to help you tackle this if you’re up for it.
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    All Resources Mentioned in Today’s Show:
    https://chelseapierotti.com/68
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    Did you enjoy today’s episode? Please leave a rating and review on Apple podcasts!
    Be sure to visit me on Instagram @dr.chelsea.pierotti for more mental skills advice for dancers.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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50 Ratings

Momma Duv ,

Dr. Chelsea is a game changer!

These podcasts have helped me so much! I love how she gives action steps that help with everything from choosing captains to overcoming mental blocks. Dr. Chelsea has helped me be more organized and excited as a coach, and taught me how to set boundaries and not burn out. I’m seeing my program grow every year!
Thank you!

RMB2427 ,

Amazing

After one listen with Dr. Chelsea, I have identified some action steps to implement in my dance training. Her podcast is so clearly focused and empowering. I can’t wait to put these tips and tricks into play. It’s a must listen ✨

Dr. Nicole Theron Parkes ,

Great Resources & Tips For Integrating

Chelsea’s insights and topic ideas are incredible. I especially liked episode 18, where she explains what a fixed versus a growth mindset is, and how we can use growth mindset on ourselves and in teaching and coaching others. In the episode, Chelsea gave very clear examples and I can’t wait to implement her suggestions and notice when I am slipping back into a fixed mindset so I can shift in the moment to a more positive outlook. This is a podcast I highly recommend :)

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