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Who Else Wants To Become A Top Choreographer, Director, Pop Sensation Or Television Celebrity? ** Here’s The SECRET **

17 Jun THINK BIGGER!

Shawn Byfield Jason Priestley

DANCERS!

Listen. I’m actually quite upset…

There’s a whole world of opportunity out there. You can do anything you put your mind to…

So Why Is Shawn So Upset?

Because too many dancers only aspire to be a “backup dancer” for some artist. That’s their DREAM. And that’s fine…

…But why not dream bigger?

What’s the harm in having a more creative, fulfilling idea of your future? Why limit yourself to being in the background, when you were born with more to offer?

You can do and become literally ANYTHING you want. I truly believe this, and you should too. If you want to become an award-winning choreographer, popular vocalist, famous director, best-selling author or TV celebrity you need to…

THINK BIGGER!

THINK BIGGER!

The Secret To Instantly Expanding Your Reach…

What’s the secret? It’s simple. All you need to do is just THINK BIGGER. Think about this:

Why not become a nationally respected pop artist, and have your OWN backup dancers?

Or why not write your own play, cast yourself as the lead, and YOU be the director?

I can go on and on. I was fortunate to be an artistic consultant, dance choreographer AND played an actor on a national television show, Working The Engels (Global TV.) And guess what? It’s airing on NBC this summer! Which means not just Canada, but the entire North America will watch.

Just one example of a THINK BIGGER mentality. That opportunity only came my way because I’ve been preparing for it.

BONUS: I worked side-by-side with Director Jason Priestley (see photo above) and 1st AD Mark Pancer. Look them up if you don’t know who they are.

Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or stay afraid of taking them. – Jim Carrey

Another example:

Theatre productions are hard to come by in Toronto. So, I co-wrote AND choreographed my own musical (i Think i Can) that was not only nominated for awards (and won,) it thrilled our audience every single performance. AND, it was remounted for another successful run at the National Arts Centre, proudly in the nation’s capital.

FYI: The story in my show was “told” through tap dance. Now you don’t see THAT on a regular.

I’m so grateful to be a Gemini Award nominee! Holy eff! I’m also a Dora Award Winner because a show I created was more outstanding than We Will Rock You! Who can say that? I actually can. That’s an honour that makes me teeth smile.

And… I’m HAPPY. Because what I do is friggin’ FUN.

BTW: Want to pay your rent? Artists always go through the financial roller-coaster… but thinking bigger PAYS WAY BETTER than being a backup dancer. Just saying. ;-)

** IMPORTANT! **

Read (Don’t Skip, READ) This FULL DISCLOSURE

IMPORTANT! Absolutely NONE of this post is about my ego. I’m not sharing this to brag. I’m sharing this because too many dancers think too small, and don’t think it’s possible to do or be better. I want to encourage you to think BIGGER. Artists are remarkably talented and resilient, and have the advantage of creativity & discipline combined with equal use of left and right brain.

I had very minimal financial resources growing up, got teased as a child and had to change light bulbs and scrub toilets JUST to continue dancing and learning. Whatever is keeping you from thinking or assuming you “can’t” I’m here to tell you that YOU TOTALLY CAN.

You also DESERVE to be happy. And you can be. But don’t be fooled! You need to know this in advance:

It doesn’t come easy. Just like any other field, the Entertainment biz is HARD.

So to get you started, use these three EXTREMELY important habits you need to develop to have success in your future career:

  1. You have to suck it up and WORK HARD (and put in all the effort required)

  2. You absolutely must have a PROACTIVE MINDSET (not a reactive mindset)

  3. You need to constantly EXPAND YOUR SKILL SET (to attract new opportunities)

There’s more, but these three will get you started. Are you SERIOUS about making a career out of your craft?

Do you want to be offered MORE OPPORTUNITIES? Are you interested in MAKING GOOD MONEY doing what you do?

If yes, you should learn from the people that can help you get there. I say this, because not everyone can help you. There’s a lot of “talk” out there and not enough walk.

With that said, I’m currently putting an intense course together that you might want to attend, that if you’re an upcoming dancer, model, actor or entrepreneur helps you get started on the RIGHT path, the SMART way.

Comment below or email me. Let me know if you’re interested and tell me about your dreams. I’m here to help! But you’ll be stuck in the same place if you don’t contact me and take ACTION.

Will I hear from you? Will you click that link and email me? Hope so,

- @ShawnByfield

 

Shawn-thumbnailAs a sought-after dance choreographer, performer, presenter, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who dance, train and mentor with him every year. To get your group learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn before today ends! Email Shawn@ShawnByfield.com right now.

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.
http://www.BDXstudio.com

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

 

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