Dancing With Yourself


One time in my life I took tennis lessons, as I was taken with the movement and finesse it took to get the ball over the net and I wanted to get good at it. As fate would have it, it was not the sport that I ended up pursuing due to schedules in my workload at that time. I had this remarkable teacher though and what I came away learning is something I’ve been able to use in my life going forward and I’d like to share it with you. After one particular tennis lesson, the teacher gave me an assignment. He said for me to “practice” and this is how he said to do exactly that. He wanted me to go home and see myself from start to finish practicing what I had just learned on that day on the court. He said to continually visualize getting the ball over the net using the exact form and technique he just taught me. When the next lesson rolled around, needless to say, I was doing pretty, darn good. In fact I was 50% better than the last lesson. Now the teacher never mentioned anything about the visualization technique on the court except when we were leaving. He said, “you know why you were doing so well on the court today, don’t you?” I really hadn’t thought about it right then, but he did, and went on to tell me that I proved that I could be good in tennis because I was using my mind to continually get the ball over the net! Do you see where I’m going with this?

Clarity of thought and having a game plan really means we are focused. Instead of just moving or following, what if you were in touch with the inside motion of your thoughts. What if you could visualize the way you “want” to look on the dance floor and make it happen. If you could solidify your mind and feet together, I bet that connection would lead to greater dancing technique and style.

If you want something, especially to be excellent at what you do, start by seeing it in your mind first. It’s as simple as that. There are some cultures that call it your “third eye.” Yes, you are a dancer and it’s all in your feet, so to speak, but that’s only the half of it. Great people see, do and think great things. Be one of them! And it all starts with you having the discipline to train your mind to believe, see and feel you can and will dance beyond your wildest imagination. Your mind is your greatest entry to successful passage. Train it wisely.

Thought Of The Week:

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. – Winston Churchill



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website https://slowmotiondancevideos.com/