“Be Prepared!” Mindset Advice For Dancers

This is the one where I talk about the Boy Scouts. Are you using their motto to “Be Prepared” for your future dance success? Or are you just wingin’ it? Watch this lesson below and find out what you can do, starting TODAY! Need an event speaker, dance choreographer or personal coach? Connect with meContinue reading ““Be Prepared!” Mindset Advice For Dancers”

National Tap Dance Day 2020 With Shawn Byfield

May 25th is National Tap Dance Day National Tap Dance Day is here! This tradition honours the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Born in Richmond, Virginia, you’ve seen the left-footed tap dancer shuffling up stairs, sharing his giant smile (often with Shirley Temple) and paved the way for Black entertainers to perform in film, onContinue reading “National Tap Dance Day 2020 With Shawn Byfield”

Are Online Tap Lessons The New Normal?

If you have kids who love tap dance and want to keep their skills up at home, online tap dance lessons might be something to consider. The recent health situation has forced everyone, young and old, to stay home. Chances are, your young shuffle monster is eager to dance, and misses it tremendously. There’s alsoContinue reading “Are Online Tap Lessons The New Normal?”

What Are The 3 Things We CAN Control?

Hey friends! I know we feel like there’s so much that’s out of our control lately. And I agree, it sucks. So here’s a quick video reminder of 3 things we CAN control to make it through these tough times. Press Play Sending you some hope and positive energy. — Shawn Byfield As a sought-afterContinue reading “What Are The 3 Things We CAN Control?”

What Happens When You Change Your Focus?

“YOU BECOME WHAT you think about most of the time.” Have you heard this before? It simply means this: If you look for bad news, more bad news shows up in your life. Cue storm clouds… But there’s good news: The opposite is also true. If you look for the good, more good shows upContinue reading “What Happens When You Change Your Focus?”

DANCERS: What Will You Do With Your TIME?

WHAT A TIME we’re living in huh? It’s truly a challenging time for EVERYONE, not just for you or I.  People wonder how I’m still positive and I know many of you think I’m crazy. Trust me- I have my down moments. I struggle with my mistakes, my challenges, and our new global reality just likeContinue reading “DANCERS: What Will You Do With Your TIME?”

BRAND NEW Toronto Tap Dance Classes This March

Good news: I’m personally teaching a brand new, super short, three-week tap dance session in MARCH. WHEN IS IT: March 15th, 22nd and 29th (SUNDAYS) Since closing the doors to my BDX studio last year, I currently rent a cozy flamenco dance school (Carmen Romero’s studio, she’s actually quite famous) for all classes, rehearsals, etc. TheyContinue reading “BRAND NEW Toronto Tap Dance Classes This March”

This Is Important Advice – Not Just For Anyone In Entertainment

SOME ADVICE I SHARED at Groove Street Dance Convention: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀➡️ It’s okay to say NO. It’s okay to say NO 🙅🏾‍♂️ to the things, people, experiences etc that don’t serve you, or help you stay true to yourself. ALSO:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀➡️ Entertainment is a tough industry. With that being said, take care of your mental 🧠 health,Continue reading “This Is Important Advice – Not Just For Anyone In Entertainment”

What Happens When You Don’t Have All The Answers?

I DON’T HAVE all the answers. 🤷🏾‍♂️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Nobody does! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Not you. Not me. Nobody. And that’s ok. You’re NOT meant to have all the answers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀It’s the QUESTIONS ⁉️ we ask that make life interesting.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀And… not having answers is the cure for boredom, because you’ll always have something to do!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#KeepSearching 👊🏾 – Shawn Byfield

These Quick Tips Will Make You A Better Listener

Quick Tips To Become A Better Listener 1️⃣ Stop talking(Wow! What a concept! Literally, STOP talking. Just pay attention)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀2️⃣ Let other people talk(Listen *without interrupting* the person talking)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀3️⃣ Listen respectfully⠀⠀⠀(Be present. Pay attention. Acknowledge what the person said)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀4️⃣ Respond respectfully(Smile. Say thank you for sharing. Be enthusiastic and open, so the speaker wants to shareContinue reading “These Quick Tips Will Make You A Better Listener”