DANCE PLANNERS AND JOURNALS: The Benefits of Taking a Reflexive Approach to Your Dance Practice

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Dancing is just as much of a mental sport as it is a physical one. It takes courage and confidence for anyone to attempt a step for the first time, and self-doubt is a common enemy for many. For myself, this doubt is usually coming from my feeling that my dancing might not fit in with professional expectations. One practice I use to combat this perpetual self-doubt is reflexivity.

In social science, reflexivity refers to a process of reexamination of norms. While there may be cultural norms in the dance world, we are all individual dancers. The benefit to incorporating regular reflection into your dance practice is that you can start to take control over the thoughts that may be holding you back from dancing confidently. When I am consistent with my reflecting practice, I find that I feel much more accepting of myself as a unique dancer, and also…

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