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How To Win: The BEST PRIZE At Dance Competition

15 Apr Shawn Byfield dance competition

Shawn Byfield dance competition

Yes, it’s dance competition season. So train hard, show up focused, and commit to your team that you’ll do your best. But the most valuable prize is this: knowing you got out there and left your HEART on that stage. Dance with PASSION. When you start living like THAT, know what happens? Magic. Magic happens. And that’s a prize more fulfilling than ANY trophy.

Sending you energy and high-fives,

@ShawnByfield

 

shawnsquareAs 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! 


 

The Secret Truth About What’s On Your Playlist RIGHT NOW

7 Apr LionelRichie

LionelRichie

HELLO… And I’m So NERVOUS

Why am I nervous? Because:

“Who is MJ?” Someone young actually asked me last month.

In the words of Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On?! We officially have a generation of aspiring dancers, upcoming singers and rising artists with NO IDEA of where good music came from! Forget that fact that many of them have no idea about the influence of previous choreographers, songwriters, directors and the like who paved the way for them… sigh.

In this post, let’s just chat about MUSIC. The secret truth is this:

  • North America’s new “microwave mentality” combined with the:
  • false promotion of instant gratification we see on TV, enhanced with:
  • the I-deserve-it-all-NOW attitudes we see in young people all around us…

…are all contributing factors in our next generation’s lack of musical appreciation. This makes me very nervous, because great music can easily die out in a short period of time if we’re not careful.

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If you’re an impatient singer, musician, songwriter or artist, Read This Not-So-Charming Post for a wake up call- and 5 point checklist you should magnetize to your fridge
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Like, for instance:

It’s important to know that artists like R Kelly, Ne-Yo, Usher respect Lionel Richie. Why?

Not only is he “Nicole Richie’s dad,” or original member of the Commodores… he’s in fact right up there as one of the BEST-SELLING ARTISTS OF ALL TIME…

And yes, he sang at MJ’s funeral.

No damnit- Michal Jordan is still alive! I refer to The OTHER Michael.

 

YOUNG UNS: Lemme Holler At Chu

Sam The Record Man

If you’re 26 and under, lemme holler at chu for a min. There’s something important you should know:

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Ask someone older about that photo above, it was a Toronto landmark
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If you didn’t already know, many of today’s grooves, hooks and hits were ACTUALLY influenced by yesterday’s classics, some 10, 20, even 30+ years ago. Yup, before you were a twinkle twinkle in your parents eyes.

Yes I agree, those Tupac, Kendrick and Biggie samples you hear ARE sick! But many times that’s just delicious slice of a bigger pie, an even better, harder, faster, stronger song that the record labels don’t always give credit to.

Understanding the earlier artists who influenced today’s hip hop, pop, R&B, house and more will give you a better knowledge and respect of today’s artists- AND help you appreciate what “timeless” music actually means.

So. Take the time to learn a little bit more about what you’re listening to. Everybody wins when you do.

To continue my mission to positively lift up society, educate our community and support the arts, I’ll regularly post influencing funk, disco and other classics I find on my twitter page. Put your headphones on and sink your teeth into these.

 

ATTENTION Dance Teachers! Do You:

Need an upbeat, crowd pleasing song for a jazz group or waaking routine?

Today’s BIG TUNE below is a disco classic, guaranteed to make you move. You might recognize it from various house tracks, as well as Kirk Franklin’s “Looking For You.” Enjoy,

– Shawn B

Patrice Rushen – Haven’t You Heard

 

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.

CONGRATULATIONS Winners! (The Simple, PROVEN, 2 Step Formula For Winning At Everything)

23 Mar do you

do you

I LOVE hearing good news from my dancers and friends.

Just found out one of them made the callback for Argos Cheerleaders! Out of 165 girls fighting to get paid to dance, do community work, and cheer on Toronto’s Grey Cup winning team, she’s in!

PLUS: one of my friends, after shadowing me, improving her presentation skills and contacting the right people went from adjudicating ZERO competitions to judging 8 events this year. Zero to hero, just like that!

AND my littlest one who’s 12 (TWELVE, just to be clear) got FIRST PLACE in her tap category, AND first place junior soloist in the ENTIRE competition- that’s hundreds of entries… twice! (She did this last month too)

I’m so very proud of you girls, you worked your BUTTS OFF. I know you wanted this, and I believed in you. Still do, it isn’t over!

I’m honoured to be part of a winning team.

Now On The Flip Side…

Those are just a few stories. Now on the flip side, if only everyone actually listened to me, ugghh.

I have the world’s SIMPLEST two-step formula for winning. The dancers who invest in my training are successful because they are:

  1. COACHABLE and
  2. Put in the WORK

Because of the world’s simplest, easy-as-pie, doesn’t-require-a-scientist, actionable two steps (ONLY TWO!) they performed with Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Stratford Festival, Disney, Broadway, major movies and more. They get to share their passion with the world, and bring in many tens of thousands of dollars. The BIG bucks.

Dance and get paid? Trust me, it’s not a bad deal.

But allow me to be BLUNT: If you want it, you need to…

Shut Your Pie Hole

Sad part is, most of us are stuck in ego and excuse world. Why you “can’t” do this and why you “can’t” do that. “I’m not this enough. I’m not that enough.”

Shut your pie hole and open your eyes, because others are ALREADY doing what you want to achieve! Look around you! Turn on the TV, read a magazine, open a book, look online… There’s no question that whatever you want is possible…

…YOU just need to invest the time and resources to get there.

GOOD NEWS!

Your investment always pays off in the end- IF YOU WANT IT BAD ENOUGH and you’re willing to shut up, put your ego aside, and work with someone who can ACTUALLY get you there.

Think about it. What’s your response when Ryan asks you:

What do you want?

What do you WANT??

I already know it will happen, I know you will win. And I’m always rooting for you! =D

– Shawn B

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.

WOW… Here’s Why ASKHOLES Drive Me Nuts!

25 Feb askhole

askhole Funny, but not funny post. One of the most frustrating people I meet: ASKHOLES.

“Someone who continually asks for advice and does nothing with it”

If you didn’t know this about me already:

I LOVE helping you. I really do.

I know I’m a wired encourager and my purpose is to help others achieve their higher potential. It’s embedded deep in my dna to support anyone trying to make a positive difference on a personal, family, community or global level. I’ll always be on your side, rooting for you to win! However…

…I can only encourage, challenge and cheer you on so much.

I discovered askholes a long time ago, and unfortunately, they still live among us. These people have to be willing to accept advice, stop asking more questions, stop looking for more motivation, stop reading more quotes, stop making excuses and actually IMPLEMENT the steps, strategies, feedback and advice given.

It drives me nuts when someone repeatedly asks what I think they should do, then they go do something else. Why did you waste my time? More importantly, why did you waste yours?

Round And Round They Go

hamsterwheel

It’s like being on a hamster wheel.

Those cute pets* will run and run and run, thinking they’re getting ahead. In reality, even though the wheel goes round and round they’re actually in the same physical place. (*Hairy rodents? Mice with fur?)

Sometimes, askholes don’t even realize their destructive habit. They have to get off the hamster wheel of seeking advice with little intention of implementing, and start DOING.

Read what Darren Hardy has to say about Askholes here.

If you know you’re struggling with this, help is out there. Know that I love you, but I refuse to support your habit! And if you’re not, know that it’s NOT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to do the work for the askholes around you.

Share this with all the askholes in your life and let’s all grow together,

– Shawn B =) Tweet Me

 


 

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.

Introducing: Toronto International Youth Dance Festival 2014

1 Aug Toronto International Youth Dance Festival
Toronto International Youth Dance Festival

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival

NEWSFLASH: Toronto International Youth Dance Festival is happening!

If you didn’t know, If you don’t hear from me it’s because I’m always working on something. This one is big…

I’m very honoured to be on the Board of Directors of Toronto’s first festival supporting our next generation of dancers. I’ve partnered with some of the TOP leaders in the Canadian and international dance community, and we’re EXCITED. This is the first year, and we’re showcasing young dance talent.

If you’re interested in performing, we have a few slots still available so email me TODAY.

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival Board of Directors

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival Board of Directors

So, Why Toronto?

Because we are one of the most multicultural and diverse cities on EARTH. In Toronto, we are a microcosm of our ethnically diverse planet, and all the dance styles that span the globe can be tapped right here in our city.

And, as seen on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, we definitely have a TON of talent right here. Let’s remind Canada what an inspiration DANCERS are!

And Why Youth?

Because, well, why not? Dance gives youth an opportunity to develop the exact same leadership skills as athletes- perseverance, teamwork, discipline, courage, and confidence.

We have the Pan/Am games coming to Toronto next year. But what about our young dancers? They train just as hard and bust their butts in every class (or SHOULD be!) I started dancing at age six with jazz and tap dance, and it has brought me a wonderfully inspiring life I never imagined.

Dance is also an excellent, positive activity for youth to develop healthy habits, build solid relationships and explore unlimited creative possibilities…

…so we’ve created an organization that supports our next generation of performers, artists and leaders in our community. Note that I say leaders- because 1) it takes a true champion to be brave enough to embrace dance, and 2) some of our planet’s greatest societies involve artists as part of a way of life.

Brand new stage at Toronto City Hall

Brand new stage at Toronto City Hall

And if you didn’t know, we’ve never had a dance festival in Toronto. Until now. And that’s worth a celebration in itself! The Toronto International Youth Dance Festival will be rocking the brand new stage at City Hall Friday August 8th, 6pm. Let’s bring Nathan Phillips Square to life.

Are you a dance lover? Does dance make YOUR world go round? Tweet me @ShawnByfield and let me know!

– Shawn B

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