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Free The Dancer In You: What’s Holding You Back?

by Naomi Mitchell on May 11, 2015

Posted in: Living, Practice

Take a leap of faith

Take a leap of faith

Have you ever watched a child dance?  Do you remember what it felt like to throw caution to the wind and put your heart and soul into whatever you were doing?  Children do this all the time.  This is their approach to life.  It’s how they learn about themselves and the world in which they live.

Somewhere along the way to adulthood, we tend to lose this ability to immerse ourselves in a chosen activity for the sheer pleasure of either the activity, the learning, or both.  We become preoccupied with thoughts of perceived failure and rejection.  We actually allow these preoccupations to inhibit our approach to life.

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Learning is such an interesting process.  To be able to progress as a dancer, I take lessons with my ongoing teacher, and he and I study occasionally with world-class coaches.  This past week, we had the opportunity to have a coaching session with Bill Sparks.  Bill is absolutely amazing as a dancer and as a teacher.

Bill sees so quickly the next technique piece I need to master.  He wastes no time and begins drilling me to develop the next skills.  He literally acts like a drill sergeant.

When I study with him, I need to brace myself for the fact that I might come away from my session with him feeling frustrated, confused, and insecure.  I often leave feeling as if I have two left feet and no longer know how to walk – much less dance.  I found this session no exception.

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Ballroom Dance – Inspiration is All Around

April 15, 2012
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I went dancing several nights ago at a studio I hadn’t been to in some time.  I’m glad I went.  I saw a lot of familiar faces I hadn’t seen in a while.  I danced with many people I hadn’t danced with in a while.  I got to watch others dance after not seeing them […]

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Meet Persistence, the Fourth Ballroom Dance Happy Spirit Partner: He’s Like Water

April 3, 2012
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In Learning Ballroom Dance, Bring the Right Partners With You, I introduced the Happy Spirit Partners.  To date we’ve further explored the nature of Play, Patience, and Presence.   In this post, I’ll introduce the final Partner, Persistence, as if he were a person. Persistence knows that by repeatedly putting in time and best effort, […]

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Meet Presence, the Third Ballroom Dance Happy Spirit Partner: She’s a Gift

March 31, 2012
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In my prior two posts I introduced Play and Patience, the first two of the Happy Spirit Partners.  When we choose to bring these partners to our dancing we learn more easily and we dance more joyfully.  In this post I’ll introduce you to Presence as if she were a person. Presence knows deep in her […]

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Meet Patience, the Second Ballroom Dance Happy Spirit Partner: He’s a Rock

March 22, 2012
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My last post introduced Play, the first of the Happy Spirit Partners.    When we bring the Happy Spirit Partners to our dancing, we learn easily and enjoy the process.  In this post, we’ll meet Patience as if he were a real person. Patience knows that learning is a life-long process.  Patience is by nature calm, […]

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Meet Play, the First Ballroom Dance Happy Spirit Partner: She’s a Gem

March 19, 2012
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Last week I introduced the Happy Spirit Partners: “Play,” “Patience,” “Presence,” and “Persistence.” When we choose to bring these partners with us to our private lessons we can enjoy learning and we learn optimally.  In this post, we’ll meet the partner Play and get to know her just as if she were a person. Play […]

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Becoming Ballroom Inspired: Watching Transformation in Action

March 17, 2012
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I love to dance, and I’ve been doing it for some time now.  Besides actually dancing, I love to watch other people dance.  I love the music, the bodies in motion to the music, and the pleasure on their faces. I particularly enjoy watching others grow in their dancing over a period of time. Sometimes, as […]

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Learning Ballroom Dance: Bring the Right Partners With You

March 13, 2012
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When I say partners, I’m referring to our inner spirit partners, not dance partners.  It doesn’t matter who your partner-in-the-flesh is (or isn’t, for that matter). I’ve discovered that I subconsciously choose a set of partners to take into my ballroom dance lessons or my practice.  I’ve learned that my choice of partners affects my […]

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Ballroom Dance Competition: I Can’t Wait!

February 20, 2012
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It’s been more than a year since I have danced competitively. I miss it. Until three years ago, if you had told me I’d be a ballroom dance competitor, I’d have had a good laugh.  Until then, I thought competition was for others –not for me. I’ve never had what I would call a competitive […]

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