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Moving Minds

Monday 25 October, 10am, online

NYB’s programme of work aims to nurture potential in and through ballet. Join us this October for the last of our online Moving Minds sessions this year. You will explore mindset, with a focus on cultivating positivity and balance. The online workshop, via zoom, will offer practical approaches for navigating nerves and anxiety with advice on optimising your performance and being at your best in preparation for your next ventures.

“I strongly believe that the Moving Minds sessions are something that every dancer should have access to, and I am but one of the most fortunate that has been able to experience it so early in my life…. [and] to understand the importance of the relationship between your mind and body and how it is a key aspect in being a healthy and happy dancer.” Participant of the Moving Minds sessions at DDE

NYB’s professional and experienced team will lead a tailored, bespoke session for 12-18 year olds, with a limited number of places to ensure an engaging experience for all participants.

The session will be led by NYB practitioners, Charlie Brittain and Carrie Johnson. Charlie’s specialism in Sports Therapy and musculoskeletal health, Carrie’s in Sports Psychology and their joint experience working in professional dance make them ideal workshop leaders for this project.

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Online workshop terms and conditions and safeguarding policy. Please note to participate in this online session, your web camera must be switched on at all times during the workshop.

About Moving Minds

National Youth Ballet is committed to building and developing physical and mental resilience and confidence in young people both within and through ballet. Our Moving Minds series of online workshops, each half-term, is focussed around a specific and relevant topic of health and well-being, aimed at increasing resilience and a positive mindset in young dancers.

Our first ever Moving Minds workshops took place during February half-term 2021, and looked at how to nurture young dancers’ mindset, ways to adapt to new challenges, develop confidence and support ongoing health and wellbeing. 64 young dancers took part in February. Feedback included:

“The entire course really taught me a lot about confidence and well-being and I came away from the class feeling enlightened and more confident in myself, especially because I felt like I knew tons more about how to have the right mindset in dance and I loved learning all of the new techniques and ways to boost my confidence.”

“I learnt lots of techniques to help with boosting confidence (confidence jar, super song) and managing nerves or anxiousness (breathing exercise, superhero pose).”

“I learnt how to control my nerves before a big event but also to accept the fact that it’s okay to be nervous and there are ways of getting rid of it.”

 

The second Moving Minds workshop took place in June 2021 and focussed on group dynamics and explored key topics around giving and receiving feedback, team work and social and emotional well-being after a year of working independently. Feedback included:

“It was really useful learning about the impact you can have in the space and how what you bring is contagious.”

“I learnt how to be an active listener”

 

The sessions were led by NYB practitioners, Charlie Brittain and Carrie Johnson. Charlie’s specialism in Sports Therapy and musculoskeletal health, Carrie’s in Sports Psychology and their joint experience working in professional dance make them ideal workshop leaders for this project.