Performance anxiety

Performance anxiety

Framing the function of anxiety in dance. | taught by Dr Shona Erskine

Course description

Performance anxiety affects dancers through underlying mechanisms and functions. 

By separating somatic and cognitive anxiety we take a closer look at patterns of anxiety and how practicing performance scripts can mediate anxiety in response to performance.

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

Course aims 

  • Define performance anxiety and its components
  • Delineate somatic and cognitive anxiety
  • Look at techniques to mediate somatic and cognitive anxiety
  • Consider how performance anxiety functions in your own practice

Course outcomes:

  • Understand of how performance anxiety can manifest in different performers
  • Reconceptualise performance anxiety as a readiness function
  • Conceptualise how somatic and cognitive anxiety impact on dance experience
  • Use practiced imagery to support a dancer’s performance
  • Formulate performance scripts using imagery

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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.


Course Curriculum

Introduction
14:07
Introduction to performance anxiety FREE PREVIEW
Companion document
Course notes
What is anxiety?
Performers speak about performance anxiety FREE PREVIEW
Video list
Your own practice - performance anxiety
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Somatic anxiety
15:26
The brain and autonomic nervous system
ANS activation and somatic responses
Reconceptualising perfromance anxiety
Your own practice - arousal levels and somatic responses
The relationship between arousal and performance FREE PREVIEW
Your own practice - daily arousal chart
Strategies to achieve optimal arousal
Arousal and anxiety
Quiz 1
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Cognitive anxiety
15:42
The thinking space
Your own practice - what if ...
Noticing your thinking
Your own practice - thinking
Imagery for emotions FREE PREVIEW
Your own parctice - imagery
Doing what is not important!
Your own practice - your performance anxiety story
Quiz 2
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Performance scripts
12:08
Imagery-based performance scripts
Who
Your own practice - who
When and where
Your own practice - when and where
Why
Your own practice - why
The case studies
What
PETTLEP imagery and case study scripts
Quiz 3
Practice over time
Your own practice - writing and testing
To close
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References
References for Performance Anxiety course
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Reviews (2)

Thank you Luke and Shona :)

by Hannah Scott-McNeill
I am looking forwards to consolidating this knowledge and putting into practice some of the techniques discussed in this valuable course. While I remember successfully practicing these things as a dancer, I'm sure it will also help me achieve my goals as a teacher and my young dance students performance anxieties, particularly with exams and end of year productions approaching in the latter half of this year. - Hannah Scott-McNeill ARAD RTS (New Zealand)

Many Ideas

by Shona Cameron
It will take time to think over and act on this, but well worth while

Thank you Luke and Shona :)

by Hannah Scott-McNeill
I am looking forwards to consolidating this knowledge and putting into practice some of the techniques discussed in this valuable course. While I remember successfully practicing these things as a dancer, I'm sure it will also help me achieve my goals as a teacher and my young dance students performance anxieties, particularly with exams and end of year productions approaching in the latter half of this year. - Hannah Scott-McNeill ARAD RTS (New Zealand)

Many Ideas

by Shona Cameron
It will take time to think over and act on this, but well worth while