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 Shona Erskine
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Course description

An introduction to the concept of perfectionism for dancers. This course explores the paradox of perfectionism and how perfectionism can be a friend and a foe. Making clear distinctions between positive and negative perfectionism, this course looks at perfectionistic thinking styles, feelings, and behaviors. By recognising how positive and negative perfectionism impacts dancers differently, learners are guided to consider how perfectionism functions in dance practice.

3hrs time valued on demand CPD

Course aims

  • develop an understanding of perfectionistic thinking and behaving
  • make clear distinctions between positive and negative perfectionism
  • look at negative perfectionistic thinking styles, feelings, and behaviors
  • consider the impact negative perfectionism has on dance performance
  • look at positive perfectionistic thinking styles, feelings, and behaviours

Course outcomes

  • define perfectionism and look at the costs and benefits of being perfectionistic
  • elucidate how negative and positive perfectionism impacts dance experience differently
  • recognise how positive and negative perfectionism impact dancers differently
  • consider how perfectionism functions in your own practice


Shona Erskine
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.

I partner with artists to enhance their practice through the development of performance skills and creative thinking.

I coach artists to build resilience and value in their practices.

I employ concrete skills that develop confidence and mindfulness.

I help develop ability and expertise.

I have a strong background as a performer spanning 25 years, during which time I acquired professional qualifications as a psychologist. My current practice is a unique mix of psychology and arts.

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
Introduction to perfectionism worksheet
Perfectionism defined FREE
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
Experiencing the paradox
Perfectionism intro quiz 2
Your own practice - the paradox of perfectionism
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Recognising negative perfectionism
23:46
Recognising perfectionism FREE
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
Perfectionism intro quiz 5
Your own practice - negative perfectionism
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Recognising positive perfectionism
15:26
Positive perfectionism FREE
Positive perfectionistic thinking
Your own practice - positive and negative perfectionist thinking
Your own practice - stereotypes
Positive perfectionistic feelings
Perfection and emotion FREE
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
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Reviews (2)

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

by Barbara Devereau Bourgeois

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

by Barbara Devereau Bourgeois