Giving your children vital "Life Skills" through their Arts
Why not give your dance school a program that will enhance the 3 pillars that support it?
Dancers, Teachers and Parents.
Eliminate Irish dancers pre-performance sickness, falls, heavy legs, freezing on stage, forgetting steps, under performing at big events and a career full of regrets.
Give your Irish dancers the a strategy for peak performance at every event, confidence, self drive,endurance and expression. Give them the "Dancing Mind”
Over 20,000 Irish dancers coached Globally over the past 2 decades.
You can see all the Irish dance schools already benefiting from the Dancing Minds program here.
YOUR COURSE BREAKDOWN
EVERY STAGE OF THIS PROGRAM IS APPLIED THROUGH IRISH DANCING AND TESTED UNDER PRESSURE IN A SAFE FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT IN ORDER TO TEACH MENTAL RESILIENCE AND FOCUS!
EACH IRISH DANCER WILL ALSO BE ASSESSED THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM SO EVERYONE PRESENT MAY BE AWARE OF THEIR OWN PROGRESSION!
Stage one looks at the main reason why Irish dancers hold back from progressing in their chosen field and refuse to take opportunities that are presented to them.
Self belief is the jewel in the crown for human existence and self development.
This section is not only the foundation of Sean's work but the very core of living a fulfilling life.also covers why individual Irish dancers feel outside their comfort zone competing against champions or at specific venues.
When an individual is asked to perform a task during an Irish dancing feis or face some sort of obstacle in life the first feeling they will generate is one of self doubt or that of confidence. This stage in the program covers the origins of human confidence and how one can access it to replace self doubt or fear in new or old uncomfortable situations.
Stage two covers the second most important resource that we have to work on, which is self motivation for the Irish dancer.
Self motivation is essential for endurance to keep going and growing as an individual. If the feeling of motivation is not present for competition or personal goals, then the effort will not be there, and the individual will not complete the task to their full ability.That is of course if they complete it at all. We all need a "why" bigger than our obstacles in life.
There are three types of motivation that individuals use, and one must understand which is the best driver for them as an Irish dancer. When you know what moves you, then you can move yourself.
If we leave this important feeling in the hands of others then there is the danger of blaming others when we do not gain the results we are capable of, or even finish what we started.
Motivation is the fuel that drives us towards that end result and gives us staying power, especially when the resistance is present in the form of stress, change or fear of loss.
Stage three looks at strategies that work best for us as individuals and also what others have to offer.
A lot of people are successful at achieving and mastering many skills in life. But when that individual is asked to move towards a new skill or goal, they become confused stressed or loose confidence in themselves and begin to question their ability to finish the job. This can instill a new self belief that your Irish dancer is not capable of handling new or important challenges.
Sean will explain the oldest success strategy known to humans and how it can be broken down into a simple process.
This stage of the workshop for your Irish dancers also includes overcoming natural fears, how to build an intuitive total body awareness when performing, core stability without aparatus and a variety of breathing patterns to reduce stress and enhance calmness.
Stage four takes a look into obstacles that can hold an Irish dancer back from progressing as an individual.
These obstacles are external, such as unforeseen circumstances in ones life and other peoples actions. Internal obstacles are beliefs, core values, self perception and how are brain's store pictures as well as internal dialogue.
It is believed that 70% of our beliefs have been programmed into our minds by parents, peers and past experiences. Some are great, and some will limit our progression.
Irish Dancers must learn how to weed out the self limiting beliefs that are stopping them experiencing their full potential on stage as well as other aspects of their life, such as education and wellbeing.
Stage five Looks at how you can work with the part of our mind that works behind the everyday analytical mind in a fun way.
This mind has been referred to as the sub or unconscious mind. This part of the mind controls our emotions as well as irrational behaviour.
If not controlled it can cause Irish dancers to freeze, forget skills they have practiced for Feis and even be physically sick on stage.
In this section, fun mind games are taught to program the mind with a future map that will give the practitioner a future filled with what they wish for.
They will have an enjoyable set routine to practice every evening.
The workshop will end with Sean giving each Irish dancer and the Irish dance teacher a simple process which he refers to as the light switch.
When they use the light switch, they will light up the stage. They have no need to analyse the science behind the process. This will be explained to the parents.
The Irish dancer's parents will attend the last 20 minutes of the workshop so that Sean can explain to them what their children done through the workshop, the reason and benefits of what they done and how the parents can help to keep up and develop their progress into the future.
PROGRAMS FOR IRISH DANCE SCHOOLS CONSIST OF HALF DAY, FULL DAY AND 2 FULL DAYS DEPENDING ON NEEDS AND AGE GROUPS.
ON LINE 1 ON 1 MENTORING IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON REQUEST .
Sean helps me to get in the zone and calm down right when the nerves kick in before a major Irish dance competition. It's so important to be in the right frame of mind and I notice the difference between when I have been practicing everything Sean has taught me and when I haven't. It's the difference between having a good day at dancing and a bad one or a good feis day and a bad one. A lot of how we dance or even think we can dance is just in our heads and we can stop ourselves from being at our best if our mindset isn't good. For me personally it really makes all the difference between just getting up and dancing and putting on a performance with that extra spark for everyone. And my teachers can definitely tell the difference!
Shannon Bradley 8 X World Champion.
It’s like there was a switch in my head that needed to be clicked the morning of a competition, & the only person who knew how to access that, was indeed, Sean himself. From the day we left his workshop in Belfast, to even this day, if I’m struggling mentally -
Sean genuinely had the most amazing positive effect on my dance career, & without the guidance he gave me that day in his workshop, I really don’t know would I have coped with the amount of pressure that was on me, year after year.
John Lonergan. 6X World Champion
8x World Irish Dance Champion
When I first went to Sean I didn't know much about the mental side of Irish dancing, it was always about practice, practice, practice. But the truth is it's more about your mental approach to training than the actual training. I was on the verge of quitting Irish dancing but Sean helped me and gave me tips in just a single session with him that I continue to use today in all walks of life.
His simple key messages changed my approach to Irish dance competition and helped me fulfill my natural talent potential and eventually win my final 3 world titles. I credit him hugely for changing my outcome in Irish dancing and for helping me fulfill dreams today. In a time where dancing is moving from a hobby to a sport on the level of Olympians, mental preparation and practice is key. I genuinely believe you can beat every element in the right frame of mind. And there's nobody better to learn that from, than the main man himself, Sean Connolly.
5X World Irish Dance Champion and semi finalist in Britain's Got Talent
" Sean's work helps one to strive to be the best they can be through self belief and being positive. We would all lead a richer life if exposed to these methods"
Breandan De Gallai, Former lead dancer in RiverDance, RTE presenter and choreographer.
5x World Irish dance Champion and semi finalist in Britain's Got Talent