Tag Archives: dance inspiration

Helping To Build ConfiDANCE in High Schools

2 Nov

Shawn Byfield dance students

A few pics of my students at Newtonbrook High School in Toronto.

I’m excited for these dancers. They’ve been working on a piece for a competition in the TDSB. They collaborate on all the choreography themselves, with one student choreographer. Their dance teacher Joanna Perlus and I do nothing but coach & ask questions that help them explore space, levels, movement, and dig deeper within themselves to better tell their story.

Every time I return, they grow another level. Amazing what can happen when you give people, young or old- an outlet to be creative. Dance is truly within every single one of us! Very proud of my work with the youth and extremely proud of how much they’ve grown.

The preliminary competition is next week, and they are working HARD. But at this point it doesn’t matter if they continue to the finals. As cliche as it sounds, they’ve totally won a prize that dwarfs any trophy: the freedom dance gives you, a renewed confiDance, and the experience and relationships they develop through the process.

Merde dancers, you make me proud!

- @ShawnByfield

UPDATE: They killed it on stage and made it to the final round! Super work dancers! – SB

BDX Toronto July Update

28 Jul

NEW Blogsite, facebook fridays and more stuff! Pay attention to the AWESOME.

New BDX Studio Blogsite!

19 Jul
New site for Toronto dance studio Byfield Dance Experience

New site for Toronto dance studio Byfield Dance Experience

Take a look… The brand-new Blogsite for Byfield Dance Experience is a go! I’m a bit slow, but slow and steady wins the race right? Your new BDX home away from home is finally:

“Fully automated… and unstoppable.”
- Miriam McColl in i Think i Can

Why a “Blogsite?” instead of a regular website, you ask? 5 reasons:

  1. Because we’re different. At BDX we’re interactive. And a blog let’s you connect with us through videos, photos, polls and more.
  2. Because so much happens weekly, a blog captures that energy and excitement. BDX isn’t boring, so a plain old boring website just won’t cut it.
  3. Because with a blog, it’s easy to share news and studio updates, from anywhere. At like, any time.
  4. Because unlike other studios, we think WAY outside the box. The blog allows our students to participate in our forward thinking genius.
  5. Google likes blogs. And we all like Google. Fresh, updated content keeps our dance classes easy to find in the search engine when you’re iching to throw down.

Click here to check ‘er out.

Thanks for your support friends! The steps are all coming together.

Dance info still points to my current website, but that will also change soon. New dance stuff will be on the BDX blogsite regularly, so bookmark the page, add to your favourites and DARE I suggest making it your homepage? It even looks kinda nifty in your Android phone or iThingy.

And it’s ready for you to SHARE to your peeps. Go there now and share away!

- Shawn B

PS: Let me know what you think. And don’t forget to LIKE us when you get there! You’ll see the Facebook LIKE link waiting for you.

New site for Toronto dance studio Byfield Dance Experience

New site for Toronto dance studio Byfield Dance Experience

INSPIRATION: Dance Experience Magazine – SPRING 2011

14 Apr

Dance Experience Magazine – SPRING 2011 is here!

Click the PASSION cover image above to get the magazine.

Starting now, we’ll be sharing our PASSIONS for life, dance and friendships on a seasonal basis. DXM always has current news, useful tips, motivating words of wisdom, and personal interviews that you’ll relate to. This month…

Yoko MatsushitaViola WangDanielle Davies belly dance

AND MORE… Take a read through the SPRING 2011 issue and get inspired today!

Click Here To Get Dance Experience Magazine – SPRING 2011


Step Up 3D Dances In The Streets

13 Jan

Step Up 3D Dances In The Streets

A super fun Step Up 3D DVD street buzz promotion with dancers from Byfield Dance Experience in Toronto.  This all took place during the holidays, to promote the dance movie which is now on DVD.

Watch the video, grab the movie and get inspired!

- Shawn B

Proven Advice To Make This Your Best Year Yet – Starting TODAY

4 Jan

Proven Advice To Make This Your Best Year Yet – Starting TODAY

Happy New Year! Now that I got the formality out of the way, let me go out on a limb. I’m willing to bet that this new year is no different than last.

Correct me if I’m wrong… but I’m sure I can safely say you started out with goals and aspirations. Which probably started out ok, until those dreams got sidetracked with family issues, insecurities, debt and roller coaster rides.

Hey, that’s part of life. We all experience the ups and downs, and that’s ok too. But let me get right to the point: Don’t EVER doubt the potential of your dreams.

I’m telling you, don’t do it.

Listen.  I’m not a psychologist. And I’m no Dr. Phil. I dance for a living. But because of my profession and experience, I’m 100% qualified to tell you this:

“Yes, you can absolutely, totally do WHATEVER you want. And you CAN achieve whatever your heart desires.”

It’s true. Now here’s my reality check for you. I call it “tough love…”

Nothing in life is predictable. We DON’T know what’s going to happen one day to the next. You can not control absolutely everything. Even science is made up of “theories” that hold their ground for a while, until the next “theory” replaces it.

And in our lives, there’s an infinite amount of possibilities on what could happen to us tomorrow. That’s reality. We simply don’t know what will happen tomorrow.

But the “bumpy roller coaster of life” is a guaranteed experience. You can always say with confidence that you WILL have some sort of drama, emergency, and upset that throws you off course. There has never, and I mean NEVER- been a human being on this planet that had a completely smooth, hassle-free, life long journey.

So if you want to sit there and whine “poor me… why me?…” then guess what? The rest of the world is going through it too.

So what makes YOU different?

My friend, here’s the most amazing, life changing advice I can offer. Brian Tracy (yes, THE Brian Tracy) shared this with me and some colleagues last year:

“The most important part of today is what you do afterwards”

Listen. We ALL have a purpose. We ALL have big dreams, passions, and adventures we want to experience. What makes you different is what you DO afterwards…

Will you end today without taking action? Wishing and daydreaming something will happen? Or are you going to end today by listening to that inner voice telling you it’s ok to take a step, and just go for it?

I hope you choose to take a step! It doesn’t have to be huge, or 10 steps today. Just taking ONE is better than standing still.

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Here’s another thing not in my skill set: I’m no psychic. But I CAN promise you this: If you keep doing what you’re always doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.

In science, every stimulus needs a response. In the words of Einstein:

“Nothing happens until something moves.”

This year, I encourage you to MOVE. That’s all. JUST MOVE. Just by taking one small step, you’re not standing still.

If you take just one small step every day, you build your confidence as you gain momentum. Imagine how much closer to your goals you can be one year from now!

I believe ANYONE CAN DANCE. I’ve always believed that, and that’s what I do. I teach anyone to dance, and let them know it’s totally ok to make mistakes. That’s how we learn to do things better.

Do I have ups and downs? Absolutely. Every week. Sometimes every day. I’m great at some things and suck at others. So what? Nobody’s perfect.* So I keep learning and keep moving forward, and I urge you to do the same. Trust yourself, take the leap, and ask the Universe for guidance.

* SIDE NOTE: Get over it. Get over the notion that you have to be “perfect” at everything. NOBODY is perfect, except Jesus. Do you seriously believe you’re that holy? You’re going to be bad at stuff, so GET OVER IT and move on.

What do you believe in? What do you want to do? What do you need more of?

Some people want, and need, to dance… Turns out that I’m qualified to help! (Click here to improve your dance skills)

Others want a new job, more money, want to travel to Cambodia, learn to cook, become a model, be a public speaker, graduate, learn kung-fu, get a new certification, become the boss, write a book, backpack across Europe, sail around the world, work for themselves, aid the poor, raise healthy children… and a million other things that make us feel appreciated, empowered and valuable.

“If you want to reap the rewards of believing in yourself, you must take a step TODAY.”

Start by listening to your gut. Stop tuning out that inner voice. It’s YOUR VOICE, so listen to it. Yes, you CAN have whatever you want out of life this year. MOVE towards getting it, and you just might amaze yourself.

I wish you a wildly successful and adventurous New Year! And remember to enjoy the roller coaster ride. ;-)

- Shawn Byfield

About The Author:

Shawn Byfield (www.ShawnByfield.com) is an award winning choreographer, show director and a leading expert in dance lessons and industry advice. His extremely fun approach to learning is a must for anyone looking to achieve their highest potential through dance.

Subscribe To Dance Inspiration – And Other Smiles

5 Nov
Shawn Byfield Youtube Channel

Shawn Byfield Youtube Channel

Shawn here. They say a video is worth a thousand pictures… so SUBSCRIBE to my Youtube Dance Channel for new dance videos, updates and weekly dance inspiration!

- Shawn B

PS: Come get a free dance class in Toronto this week. Seriously? Yes, seriously! BUT you have to come soon to get it. I want the whole city dancing- including YOU. =)


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