Perfectionism in dance | Dance Knowledge

Perfectionism in Dance - Introduction

Striving for the ideal or sabotaging dreams? 3 hrs time valued on demand CPD | taught by Dr Shona Erskine
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Course description

The paradox of perfectionism is that perfectionism can be a friend and a foe.

Positive and negative perfectionism are distinct thinking styles, feelings, and behaviors. Consider how perfectionism functions in dance practice. 

Recognise how positive and negative perfectionism impacts dancers.

3hrs time valued on demand CPD. Includes three months access.

Course aims

  • Understanding of perfectionistic thinking and behaving
  • Distinguish between positive and negative perfectionism
  • Look at positive and negative perfectionistic thinking styles, feelings, and behaviors
  • Consider the impact of negative perfectionism

Course outcomes

  • Define perfectionism 
  • Realise the costs and benefits of being perfectionistic
  • Elucidate the different impact of negative and positive perfectionism
  • Consider how perfectionism functions in your own practice

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Dr Shona Erskine
Dr Shona Erskine

As a psychologist specialising in the performing arts I work with you on your journey to become the performer, educator or director you want to be. I develop bespoke and evidence based solutions for the challenges you face. 

The learning in Dance Knowledge works with the same principles I employ in face to face psychological services.

Practice Fostering mindful practice to establish workable techniques and habits.

Performance Achieving personal goals and acclaimed levels of performance.

Artistry Harnessing and understanding creativity and talent.

Resilience Building strength and flexibility through mental and emotional toughness.


For further information contact

luke@danceknowledge.com

Course Curriculum

Understanding perfectionism
20:36
Introduction to perfectionism in dance FREE PREVIEW
Introduction to perfectionism worksheet
Perfectionism defined FREE PREVIEW
The many faces of perfectionism
A closer look
Costs of perfectionism in dance
Costs of perfectionism in dance (answers)
Your own practice - negative perfectionism
Perfectionism intro quiz 1
Benefits of perfectionism
Your own practice - positive perfectionism
The paradox of perfection FREE PREVIEW
Experiencing the paradox
Perfectionism intro quiz 2
Your own practice - the paradox of perfectionism
Course notes
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Recognising negative perfectionism
23:46
Recognising perfectionism FREE PREVIEW
Perfectionism intro quiz 3
Negative perfectionistic thinking styles
Your own practice - unhelpful thinkng styles
Perfectionism intro quiz 4
Negative perfectionistic feelings
Your own practice - thinking and feeling
Perfectionism and fear
Your own prcatice - perfectionism and fear
Negative perfectionistic behaviour
Your own prcatice - negative perfectonistic behaviour
Negative perfectionism's impact on dance performance FREE PREVIEW
Perfectionism intro quiz 5
Your own practice - negative perfectionism
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Recognising positive perfectionism
15:26
Positive perfectionism FREE PREVIEW
Positive perfectionistic thinking
Your own practice - positive and negative perfectionist thinking
Your own practice - stereotypes
Positive perfectionistic feelings
Perfection and emotion FREE PREVIEW
A closer look at emotions
Perfectionism intro quiz 6
Positive perfectionistic behaviour
Perfectionism intro quiz 7
Perfection and motivation
Your own practice - motivation
In conclusion
What to do now
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References for Dancing to Perfection Series
References FREE PREVIEW
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Reviews (7)

by Nicola Roberts
The course was very comprehensive an enlightning! Easy to follow and interesting. I'll enroll to the next part immediately!

Thought provoking

by Adrienne Reid-Irvine
I really enjoyed this course and look forward to exploring the other parts. I am excited to try and observe how my students and myself manifest perfectionism, both positive and negative.

by Irana Aidonopoulou
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by Nicola Roberts
The course was very comprehensive an enlightning! Easy to follow and interesting. I'll enroll to the next part immediately!

Thought provoking

by Adrienne Reid-Irvine
I really enjoyed this course and look forward to exploring the other parts. I am excited to try and observe how my students and myself manifest perfectionism, both positive and negative.

by Irana Aidonopoulou

Detailed Introduction

by Shona Cameron
Easy to follow and made me curious as to what would come next, now a pause and then the next part of Perfectionism in Dance

by Karen Harris
I found this course extremely interesting and useful to my own practice. It was certainly thought provoking, and initiated some very insightful reflections.

by Mari-Louise Britz
Very interesting and relevant course. Well worth it!

by Barbara Devereau Bourgeois