“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 me here.

ALSO: A great resource for dance teachers, students, and dance lovers of all ages, watch The DanceBUG Show every Saturday and Sunday at 12pm EST, or stream on your DanceBUG app.

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, on stages, and publicly around the world.

Photo by James Kriegsmann, New York

National Tap Dance Day was signed in to American law in 1989. The day is now celebrated on an international scale, with tap dance lessons, shows, films and events being presented globally.

To celebrate, this May 25th expert tap dance choreographer Shawn Byfield is hosting a LIVE online tap dance lesson for all his Shuffle With Shawn! students.

Join Tap Dance Lessons With Shawn Byfield For Only ONE DOLLAR!

National Tap Dance Day – Online tap dance lesson with Shawn Byfield

Shawn will also be a featured guest on The Dance Bug Show, airing LIVE across North America May 25th at 3pm where he’ll share a fun contest.

National Tap Dance Day – The Dance Bug Show with Shawn Byfield

Happy National Tap Dance Day. Shim-Sham and shuffle with a smile!

Are Online Tap Lessons The New Normal?

Shawn Byfield Online Tap Lessons

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 also the possibility their technical ability is becoming weaker by the day, due to lack of motivation, media distractions, and no coach to give them exercises to work on.

That’s where online tap dance lessons comes into play. Simple and convenient, dancers can learn from anywhere, 24 hours a day, using any device connected to the internet.

If you’re interested, take a look and see if this makes sense for you and your tap dance superstar.

Who knows… Maybe online learning for dance will be the new normal?

– Shawn Byfield

What Are The 3 Things We CAN Control?

Shawn Byfield asks: What 3 Things CAN We Control?
Shawn Byfield asks: What 3 Things CAN We 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.

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Shawn Byfield asks: What 3 Things CAN We Control?

Sending you some hope and positive energy.

— Shawn Byfield

As a sought-after speaker, choreographer, and coach, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who train with him every year. To start learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn today.

What Happens When You Change Your Focus?

Shawn Byfield asks: 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 up around you. Cue sunshine!

Isn’t that interesting? Your mind is powerful. By focusing on what’s working, acknowledging your blessings, and practicing gratefulness, you create a path to a happier life.

Your mind is like a magnet and it WILL attract whatever you focus on.

What will you focus on today?

– Shawn Byfield

As a sought-after speaker, choreographer, and coach, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who train with him every year. To start learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn today.

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 like you do.

But the way I see it:

1️⃣ I can choose to dwell on how bad things are, stay stuck on mistakes, boredom, misery, blame or victimhood, OR 

2️⃣ I can choose to find ways to improve, stay optimistic and be an improved version of myself when we come out of this. 

The operative words above are CHOOSE. Because the way I see it: 

✅ NOW is the perfect time to level up. We’re ALL facing challenges with finances. With our health. With cancelled or delayed work. 

✅ BUT! We’ve ALL been given an incredible gift: TIME. Lots of time. YOU now have more time. 

✅ BONUS: Your kids now have more time. Your family now has more time. Your entire community now has more time. The whole world Has. More. TIME! 

Isn’t that what we said we wanted? 

The universe sure has an interesting sense of humour.

Here’s the harsh reality. The way I see it: 

If you’ve been putting something off because you “don’t have the time” well guess what? If you DON’T start the thing you’ve always wanted to do because “time” was the issue, it’s not time you lack… It’s discipline. #RealTalk 

HEY DANCERS!

Shawn Byfield online tap dance lesson

Here’s a fun free online tap dance lesson for you, for your kids, for your team, for your teachers, for your studio. Whoever wants it, it’s yours. Use this and feel free to share the tap steps with your tap lovers.

If you want more, you can join my online tapdance lessons if you feel compelled. The members already in the group are enjoying the trainings, and I’m confident you will too. ONE DOLLAR gets you started.

See the online tap lessons info here

There was a point when I also thought I “didn’t have time” but I do now. That’s no longer an excuse I tell myself. I’ve used this time to create tap lessons for you to enjoy, help you level up, and stay positive.

The way I see it…

…Every difficulty comes with a seed of opportunity. There’s a lot more TIME coming your way. And that can be a great thing. 

What will you do with yours?

– Shawn B 

BRAND NEW Toronto Tap Dance Classes This March

Tap Dance Choreographer Shawn Byfield

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.

They have NO PROBLEM with us making lots of noise with our tap shoes. I’m teaching all three classes… Wanna join the madness?

WHERE IS IT:

228 Merton Street, Toronto
(see the map)

HOW MUCH IS IT:

Only $75 + tax man

WHAT TIME IS IT:

“What are you, crazy?! Why so cheap, Shawn?”

Because I’m travelling as an emcee and judge for dance competitions across the Country for the next 2 months. Woohoo! Which makes this March session super short. Bite sized.  And I probably won’t start up again until sometime in June. 

But if you’re looking to get back into it, wanna get active again, refresh your brain and rhythm skills, get ready for auditions… 

…or just wanna be in a positive space that’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys, this is perfect for you.

HOW TO GET IN IT?

Simply press a link below to save your spot. (Once classes fill up, the link will say SOLD OUT)

12pm INTERMEDIATE Tap

1:15pm ELEMENTARY Tap

Share this info… Because someone you know is probably looking for tap!

This Is Important Advice – Not Just For Anyone In Entertainment

Shawn Byfield success coach shares advice

SOME ADVICE I SHARED at Groove Street Dance Convention:
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➡️ 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.

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➡️ Entertainment is a tough industry. With that being said, take care of your mental 🧠 health, because you will hear a lot of NO’s yourself. Develop mental toughness, while being kind to yourself, because you need and deserve it!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Does this help?

– Shawn Byfield 👊🏾

(Email me here)

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

Shawn Byfield at Toronto Kids Fashion Week casting

I DON’T HAVE all the answers.

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

– Shawn Byfield

These Quick Tips Will Make You A Better Listener

Success coach Shawn Byfield chats with choreographer Jamie Hodgins

Quick Tips To Become A Better Listener

1️⃣ Stop talking
(Wow! What a concept! Literally, STOP talking. Just pay attention)
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2️⃣ Let other people talk
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3️⃣ Listen respectfully⠀⠀⠀
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4️⃣ Respond respectfully
(Smile. Say thank you for sharing. Be enthusiastic and open, so the speaker wants to share with you again)
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REPEAT this process!⠀⠀⠀
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Many people hear, but too few people LISTEN. ⠀
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Practice these quick tips in your very next conversation. Let me know how it went? 👊🏾

– Shawn Byfield