A Dancer’s Single Most Important Piece of Stress Advice

Stressed out? Use the dancer's technique...
Stressed out? Use the dancer technique...

Shawn here. Let me ask you a quick question:

Have you ever been stressed out? If you’re like so many others (including myself), I’m sure you have.

But did you know that the single most important piece of stress advice you’ll ever get, comes from a dancer?
It’s true. Ask anyone who’s ever taken a dance class with me if they know the answer. Chances are, they do…

There’s lots of ways to beat stressful thoughts, nervousness and anxiety. But the best advice you’ll get, is to simply “BREATHE“. Here’s 5 reasons why…

1.) Sometimes, we forget to BREATHE. Air is your friend. Breathing forces us to take a few seconds, get a grip, and inhale… and exhale. Breathing allows us to stop and smell the roses.

2.) Dancers breathe far better than the Average Joe. Breathing gives us the discipline to fight through challenging training on our bodies.

3.) Our senses require oxygen to our brain, to enhance our environment and translate the world around us into movement.

4.) Breathing also gives dancers the endorphins or seratonin we need, to give us extra energy before we perform. Or to calm our nerves of the “butterflies” that appear before we perform for a crowd.

5.) One of the biggest fears in life: Public Speaking. As dancers, we’ve learned to breathe before stepping foot on stage. That breathing helps anyone who has to talk in a microphone, or speak into camera.

Listen. When you feel upset, anxious, or just plain stressed to the max, become a dancer and remember to BREATHE. Just take a few seconds. Inhale… and exhale.

Try it now.

No, really… try it now.

On Sunday December 14th, you’ll learn about the benefits of having a solid, consistent place for dance in your life. I’ll be hosting a classy fundraiser slash holiday party at 7 pm.

Why? Because I wanna help you breathe.

I’ve rounded up an all star cast of Toronto’s FINEST talent of musicians and dancers. But I’ll be straight up: I
need your help.

I’m still sorting out details. I plan to have a top Toronto chef cater a mouth-watering Japanese style dinner
that everyone will enjoy. Even if you’re a picky eater. Like my mom.

Actually, she’ll be there too. Every time I mention sushi to her, she says “Oh, gross! YACK! Raw fish? People eat that? I don’t know how people eat that…” in her west indian accent.

So, I gotta please the moms. =)

Also, a classy drinker like yourself deserves unlimited glasses of wine, don’t you think?

I’ll email you about tickets and stuff when I get it sorted. But right now, you need to save that date in your phone. Sunday December 14th. 7 pm.

Just by attending, you’ll learn first hand how breathing can benefit your life. AND the lives of everyone around you. Wooord.

Oh- you’ll need to find a buddy to come with. It’ll be cheaper for two people, so don’t come solo. Come as a couple. Bring a date.

FYI: Arriving solo, but leaving with a date doesn’t count! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stay tuned,

– Shawn Byfield

PS: If things go my way, everyone will leave with a goodie bag. So if you have something you’d like to donate, or you have a business that needs some serious free promotion, drop us a line or leave a comment below with your info.

Published by ShawnByfield

Shawn Byfield is a certified public speaker, expert dance coach and entrepreneur. A National authority in dance and veteran in entertainment, film and fashion. Byfield is a DORA AWARD winning choreographer, GEMINI AWARD nominee, and 2x BLACK CANADIANS AWARD nominee. Shawn Byfield loves to travel nationally as an inspiring mentor, adjudicator, public speaker and choreographer.

7 thoughts on “A Dancer’s Single Most Important Piece of Stress Advice

  1. Hi Marzee,

    I usually search for public domain photos on the web. There’s sites like EveryStockPhoto.com, iStockPhoto.com and even Flickr. Just do a search, Wikipedia has a listing of numerous websites you can search for images.

    I don’t remember which public site the above image was from. But of course, you can always take your own photos. Most pics on my blog I take myself. Fun times!

    – SB

  2. Hi Shawn,
    This isn’t your usual comment. I’m actually wondering where you got the image of the stressed woman in this post. I’d like to use it on my website but want to be sure that I’m not infringing on any copyrights. I’d appreciate any information you could give me.


  3. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ๐Ÿ˜‰
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  4. Thanks for the comments gang!

    Thomas: my tap class is only on Saturday afternoon, yes. That’s it. You’ll have to research for other classes, I don’t know of any others. Of course, I don’t see why you wouldn’t wanna just tap with us… =)

    Eva: yup. We do tend to hold our breath sometimes, huh?

    Sarah: Bellydance would be a cool addition to the roster of talent! Would you be willing to speak to Yasmina for me? Or please pass on a contact and I’ll speak w her directly. I want to build a studio space we could potentially all benefit from…

    – SB

  5. I agree! Thanks for the good advice!
    Does Shawn just do the one tap class on Saturday? Will he be doing any more soon? Are there any tap studios that do drop in on the weekdays?

  6. yaaaa shawn!! i love it! what kinda donation/promotional idea you thinkin’? i might talk to yasmina to do something for arabesque….

    sounds like a fun party! i’m there!


  7. That is so true Shawn,

    As a womens fitness expert and personal trainer I’m always saying to my clients
    “Whenever you feel stress – start breathing again!”

    Thanks for the reminder.

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