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August 17, 2021
How a Life Coach Can Help Your Dance Practice

How a Life Coach Can Help Your Dance Practice

Written by

Mariah Rigg

With the current pace of the world, it’s hard to stay centered. Everything around us is always go, go, go, and this outside pressure can influence our dance practice. When outside forces start to take a toll on your progress as a dancer, it’s good to look at ways you can simplify and focus your life. One of the ways you can do this is through mindful goal-setting. 


If you don’t have a lot of practice with mindful goal-setting, or you’re feeling lost when it comes to setting goals in your current state of life, it might be time to get a life coach


The Difference Between Life Coaching and Therapy 


Getting a life coach is not the same as getting a therapist. While therapists help through examining past trauma and working towards closure and emotional growth, life coaches look to the future. A life coach is perfect for helping you set and achieve goals when it comes to your dance practice, and more than that, your overall health, wellness, and happiness. Many athletes, including dancers, use life coaches to improve their lives, working alongside their life coaches to build on skills they already have and to make new ones. 


What type of Life Coach should I get?


The type of life coach you choose to work with depends on what you want out of it. If you’re focused entirely on your dance practice, you’ll probably choose to work with a sports or dance coach. If you’re focused on your health and wellness as a whole, you’ll choose to work with a health and wellness coach. There are dozens of coaches for you to choose from. 


Strengthen Your Mind-Body Connection


Working with your life coach, you’ll be encouraged to strengthen your mind-body connection through somatic coaching. Part of this will be tackling your belief of what is possible. 


Oftentimes, our dance practice is limited by what you think we can do, or, vice versa, if you try to practice on a day where you’re tired or sore, you might think that you’re not capable of landing a certain move or routine, when really what you need is to rest and return the next day. Somatic coaching helps you to examine the experiences and knowledge that are rooted in your body, so that you can improve your emotional resilience, interpersonal communication, and achieve positive change when it comes to your dance practice (and life). 


Accountability 

A lot of times what we need is not someone to make our goals for us. What we need is someone to hold us accountable. As a dancer, it’s often hard to see the growth you’ve undergone. A life coach helps with this, giving you both the knowledge and support you need to achieve your goals, and celebrating you when you’ve achieved them. 


Written by

Mariah Rigg