I was only seven years old when I started ballet, but I knew one day I wanted to be a professional dancer. To pursue this dream I dedicated my entire life to dance, sacrificing much of my childhood and teenage years. I started my professional dance career when I was 11 years old as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The following summer I was accepted into the School of American Ballet in New York City. To this day I can close my eyes and replay that audition. Before we even began dancing, the program directors examined the physical facilities and flexibility of each dancer, going down the line, one by one. As I waited for my turn, for the first time in my life the thought -- “wow--that person has better…than me”-- entered my mind. Although I continued to excel in the competitive dance environment, I was becoming more aware that the proper mindset is just as critical as physical abilities. The dream of becoming a professional dancer became a reality when I was offered a contract to be a Radio City Rockette.
I was dancing professionally while attending college for psychology. My appreciation and interest in the power of the mind led me to continue my graduate studies in Sport Psychology. Straddling the world of dance while simultaneously studying Sport Psychology has allowed me to experience the true power that can be harnessed by simply adopting the right mindset. I find that one’s mindset could be the differentiating factor in achieving one’s goals and it is not based on talent alone. I truly believe that a winning mindset is something that can be taught and trained, and is as much a skill to be honed as any dance move.
I understand the physical and psychological demands of the performing arts world. I have lived and experienced the long training hours, hectic schedules, minimal job security, auditions, pressure, expectations and the demand for certain physical skills and abilities. My goal is to teach and help performers implement an Peak Performance psychological skills training program that will help them achieve their definition of success and evolve both professionally and personally. I will develop personalized programs for individual performers and groups that will include skills such as imagery, self-talk, building awareness, goal setting, energy control, emotional control, relaxation, attentional and focus training and more. The majority of research on Psychological Skills Training shows that well developed psychological skills are essential for successful performance and well-being (Gould et. al., 1999; Greenleaf et. al., 2001; Weinberg & Williams, 2001).
I work from a holistic perspective and draw inspiration from a cognitive-behavioral approach. The essence of my work is built on understanding and recognizing the performer as a 'person.' My role is to understand, assist and develop the whole person, not just the performer. The skills learned can be used on and off the stage. I always like to say, a strong person off the stage, will be a strong performer on the stage. The central belief behind a cognitive-behavioral approach is the direct link between our thoughts, feelings and behavior. Our thought patterns are at the heart of our performance. By helping performers identify, modify, and control thoughts, performers can optimize their performance
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PERSONAL TRAINER | NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SPORTS MEDICINE CERTIFIED
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MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY
Class of 2012 | Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
JOHN F KENNEDY UNIVERSITY (currently)
Masters of Arts in Sports Psychology