Dance Psychology and Mental Skills for Dancers: Motivation
with Dr Peter Lovatt
Dance Psychology is the study of dance and dancers from a scientific, psychological perspective. When Dance Psychology is applied to dancers and dance teachers it can help people develop a set of mental skills that are an essential part of every dancer’s toolkit.
Motivation for Dancers and Performers explores the WHY, WHAT & HOW of Motivation.
Motivation forms the bedrock of any performer’s mental skills. Learning how to recognise and manage the why, what and how of motivation helps dancers perform at their highest level, from the studio to the stage.
The Aims of the Course are:
To provide an introduction to the “why, what and how” of Motivation.
To provide a working definition of Motivation.
To provide an introduction to two major theories of Motivation and to place these within the context of dance and performance.
To provide an introduction to the role of Goals in the motivational process.
To look at several practical methods for managing Motivation.
Mental Skills for the World’s best performers
The WHY, WHAT and HOW of Motivation
Motivation is understood to capture the “why” of behaviour and is defined as those forces or things that drive the direction, intensity and regulation of behavioural engagement. In other words, it helps us to understand our drive to dance.
You and Your Motivation
Whether or not we achieve our dance-related goals can be influenced by what motivates us to dance. Understanding the difference between healthy and unhealthy motivations is key to our success. In this course we will look at the differences between different motivational styles and you will learn which ones are helpful and which might be holding you back.
The Science of Motivation
The science of motivation can provide us with an evidence-base which can help us to understand and manage the why, what and how of motivation. Motivation for Dancers and Performers recognises the importance of understanding the evidence-base and that is why we work closely with the scientific literature as part of your learning.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Hands-on practice is the established path to success for dancers and performers. Hands-on practice is also essential for understanding and managing the why, what and how of motivation. Motivation for Dancers and Performers uses Pause & Reflect Activities and Active Learning Exercises to give you the opportunity to think about how the content of the course is relevant to your own performance-related practice and also to give you some hands-on experience.
Give Your Best Performance
Give your best performances in class, rehearsal, auditions, exams and on stage by learning how to recognise, understand and manage your motivation.
Varied Learning Activities
Motivation for Dancers and Performers is designed for anyone who wants to optimise their training, rehearsal and performance by learning to understand and manage their motivation and goals. This course is perfect for people who work with dancers and performers.