DEALING WITH A SETBACK?
It’s true: They suck.
The crappy part of life WILL happen, to everyone. Stop, and take whatever time you need to recognize and embrace all the crappy feels that go with it.
But there’s Hope! Because when you’re ready, a time WILL come when you wake up, and decide you want to keep moving forward.
Don’t force it, it WILL come. When that time arrives, don’t let your circumstances determine your decisions… let your DECISIONS determine your circumstances.
Your future can be whatever you choose to make it. Because what happens in the trenches that determines how you get to the mountaintop.
You got this!
– Shawn B
As a sought-after presenter, choreographer, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who train and mentor with him every year. To start learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… before today ends.
All smiles at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards! What’s the Doras you ask?
Just like the Tony Awards, or the Academy Awards, Toronto has an awards event run by TAPA. The Doras recognize theatre, opera, and dance professionals on and off the stage.If you didn’t know, the secret is out… I’m a Juror for this past season. What do I do? Just like members of The Academy Awards watch all the films, I personally attend all the registered shows, provide feedback, and go through a voting process, which determines whether or not your show gets nominated for a Dora Award. It’s a time consuming job… but hey, someone’s gotta do it!It was my pleasure serving such an incredibly gifted community. Congratulations to EVERY show nominated! Keep making art. You are beautiful. You deserve the applause. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. 🎭#doras2019 👊🏾- Shawn Byfield
CALL FOR DANCE STUDIOS:
Get ready for the 2019 Toronto International Youth Dance Festival!
The annual TIYDF is created to bring youth dancers from all over the world together while celebrating diverse dance and culture through friendly competition and showcase. Toronto International Youth Dance Festival aims to instil the importance of Art, Education, and Community in our daily lives and help youths uncover their full potential artistically and academically.
This is a festival with emphasis on performance, teamwork and fun!!
Open showcase will happen on Aug 2nd, 2019 while the competition portion of our festival takes place on Aug 3rd, 2019.
Also, the event theme is KIDS HELPING KIDS. This is an opportunity to use your love of dance to raise funds for SICK KIDS HOSPITAL.
DEADLINE TO PARTICIPATE is JUNE 30th.
To register, email:
Hey Mississauga! Enjoy a fun filled and inspiring Wednesday hip hop dance class with award-winning choreographer and national dance coach, Shawn Byfield!
WEDNESDAY JUNE 26TH
7:00PM – 8:30PM
Watts School Of Dance
370 Britannia Rd E #6, Mississauga
Ages 19+ Minimum 2 years dance training required
YES! PLEASE SAVE MY SPOT. ONLY $25
OR CLICK HERE IF YOU’RE BRINGING FRIENDS
(*MIN 3 PEOPLE, $20 EACH)
THANK YOU to all the schools, organizations, and events that have me fly across the country to do what I do. Thank you for supporting my mission to encourage, inspire, and make a difference in people’s lives, young and old. I am truly grateful to experience the joys (and even the turbulence) of travel.
Thank you for flying with me! You fuel my attitude of gratitude daily. (And of course, I’m on a bird as I write this. That’s the view from my window)
How can I help YOU soar to new heights? I have dates available this summer (only a few left). Let me know where I’m flying to next!
– Shawn Byfield
Here’s a question parents (and some teachers) always ask: “Shawn, how many hours a week should my kid be putting in at her studio?”
With over 27 years of experience teaching students, my response is two fold:
1️⃣ If they’re seriously interested, then invest in as many as you can reasonably afford!
BUT the next point is much more important…
2️⃣ The amount of hours (how many) pales in comparison to the QUALITY of the time spent in each hour. HOW you spend the time in each hour matters 3x more than the quantity of hours.
This doesn’t just apply to dance. Not being present, goofing off, and not putting in 100% in every class will not get you ahead, no matter how many practice hours you invest.
EQUATION: Crappy work ethic per hour X 3 hours just equals 3 more hours of crappy work ethic. 💩 You’re still in the same place- frustrated and left behind…
…while others who are committed, focused, and train with purpose every minute of every hour DRAMATICALLY come out ahead of their peers. One hour of motivated focus ALWAYS beats 3 hours of mediocre attention. It’s a law, and it works every time.
QUESTION: Why do some classes accomplish so much more per hour, while other classes constantly never seem to get ahead? The answer: they understand QUALITY of time over quantity.
Hands down, QUALITY always beats quantity. 💯
How are your kids, or your students spending each hour?
– Shawn Byfield 👊🏾
Forget what you’ve heard… Your best performance does NOT magically happen once you step onto the stage. Surprised?! Shocked?! You shouldn’t be.
Here’s what you gotta do:
Practice at the best of your ability BEFORE you step on to the stage. That means rehearsing full out! Treat class like an audition!
The more you push yourself BEFORE you perform, the more you build your stamina. The more your stamina builds, the more you build muscle memory. And once muscle memory becomes automatic, you’ll see a dramatic boost in your confidence, and performance level.
You won’t do your best, until you know what your best is. Find out what your best is during rehearsal time. Discover your limits, and work hard to improve daily.
So what does this mean? Simple:
➡️ No more laziness in rehearsals. Invest quality time every minute of every session.
➡️ Step your game up in classes. You’ll quicky discover how fast you grow.
➡️ Be a leader, not a follower. Set the example for others.
➡️ Don’t wait for motivation to take yourself seriously. You don’t need permission to be great.
When you finally get on stage, you’ll be ready. You’ll have the muscle. And who knows? Maybe you’ll even have a fun time!
– Shawn Byfield 👊🏾
** LYRICAL Category 101 **
#DanceCompetition is in full swing. Want to impress your adjudicators, feel incredible on stage, and wow your audience? Follow these simple steps below.
Understand your lyrics
Unfortunately, there is no Step Two, or any other steps, if you haven’t invested serious quality time in Step One!
You wouldn’t perform a tap dance solo without wearing tap dance shoes, would you?
Then why perform a lyrical dance, in a lyrical category, without understanding the LYRICS?
HERE’S A SECRET
When I’m judging a lyrical category, and deciding between a dancer who shows emotional connection to the song lyrics, versus a dancer showing off gymnastics and pump turns… Emotional connection wins every time.
I mean, EVERY TIME.
– Shawn Byfield
🛑 STOP SCROLLING! 🛑
Listen real quick: It all comes down to CHOICES. What you CHOOSE to do (or not do) matters.
Want a future that looks different than it does now? Here’s a tip:
➡️ CHOOSE to not make the next five years anything like the last five.
I choose to make the next half decade dramatically different from the past 5 years! That’s the vibe I’m on. I’m so grateful for the past and present, and excited about the future. 😁
Who’s with me?
– Shawn Byfield (Contact me here)