Sheena Jeffers

Keltie Colleen says: Be Strong, Dancers!

Keltie Colleen was born in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. She made a career out of being a professional dancer, against everyone's belief. How? "I'm 40% talent, 60% determination." She has worked with Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Ben Stiller, Tina Fey, Christina Perri, Kanye West, John Legend, Miranda Cosgrove, Fergie, and Enrique Iglesias. She designs her own clothing line at Sugar & Bruno and she's written a book about the dance life struggles and benefits. She's one brave dancer, out there doing amazing things with her talent and her determination!

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Photo from: keltiecolleen.com


 

Distorted Thinking

Have you ever started a day and you just don't feel there? Your mind is somewhere else, your body is exhausted or just can't do anything right, and you're left standing there, wide-eyed, saying something like: "I'm seriously not here today."

This could mean you're just over-stressed, or have too much going on. But maybe your lack of focus/strength/power/energy comes from the fact that it's leaking out in other areas of your life? Maybe the way you are thinking about a situation in your life is consuming your focus/strength/power/energy?


 

10 Things Dance Teachers Say

1. What we say: "Point your feet!"

What this really means: A beautiful pointed foot is not just about the toes. In fact, "scrunching" your toes is not a pointed foot at all! Scrunching toes can also lead to injuring a tendon in your foot. A good point, instead, lies in the instep (between your ankle and toes). Try exercises sitting down, pushing through demi pointe and then en pointe, using your entire foot. Also try standing, and thinking "pulling up through your arches" and "spreading the toes" out. This will help you feel the energy coming through your instep. Then, when you jump of lift the foot off the floor, the toes will come underneath in a beautiful point. Pointed feet exhibits a dancer's extensions and lines. It is also important for balance and strength.


 

Rest

It was one of those days.

One of those days you can feel your body straining, your mind jumping from here to there and everywhere but where it needed to be: right here, in ballet class, focused.


 

Why Create?

"Of all human activities, creativity comes closest to providing the fulfillment we all hope to get in our lives. Call it full-blast living."


 

A Great Teacher

"I have come to a frightening conclusion. I am the decisive element in the classroom. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt to heal. In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a child humanized or de-humanized." -Haim Ginott


 

Teaching Synesthesia in Dance

[Synesthesia] : Ancient Greek meaning "together" and "sensation." This neurological condition connects one sensory stimulation to a second sensory stimulation.

For example, you may hear a little kid say, "I smell something, and it smells like the color blue." Later, as that child attends school, a teacher will say, "Now 'smell' doesn't describe 'blue.' Blue is visual, and smell is... smell!" We teach children to categorize, differentiate, separate. But why?


 

Dancers, Let Your Hair Down

As dancers, we demand a lot of our bodies, our minds and our emotions. From dancing all day and night, to thinking about dancing all day and night, we are constantly processing difficult information of a physically demanding world.

We must take the time to care for ourselves.


 

Why Dance Matters.

So we're sitting with a friend at a local restaurant following a meeting about promoting arts education in the city. We had just completed a tour of our local theater, discussed its history and future plans. We sat there completely thrilled; our hearts were full, and we were living off the energy from everyone in the group and their dedication to the arts in our city.

A man comes over and introduces himself. Turns out, he is a supporter of the theater. This made us very happy until he asked: "Now, what is it you do?" We said, "Dance instructors!"

But then he said this.

"And you can make a living off of that?"

We answered, "Yes. We can. We do. And here is why we should."


 

How is Fear Directing Your Life?

"The woman who needs to create works of art is born with a kind of psychic tension in her which drives her unmercifully to find a way to balance, to make herself whole. Every human being has this need..." -May Sarton

We always knew we loved dance and we loved creating by using dance as our choice of expression. But we were plagued by very specific thoughts (that would get stuck in heavy rotation at times).  "I wish I could dance like her. I should have worked harder. If I had taken more ballet, I would be even better." These thoughts could, often times, be paralyzing.

We needed to figure out how to push through those thoughts in order to arrive at a place where we could celebrate who we are in the world of dance and what we bring to the world of dance.

We've heard there are 4 types of fear.

Fear of Loss

Fear of Failure

Fear of Rejection

Fear of the Unknown

In order to truly recognize who you are and what you have to offer when it comes to your talent / business / expertise... you have to intimately understand these 4 types of fear and how the types apply to the relationship between you and fear {and we all have a relationship with fear; which is not necessarily a bad thing.}


 

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