Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
the feeling of being unsatisfied is partly due to the stress, fast eating that is bad news for the digestive tract, health and stress. You can slow down.
If you eat too much, inahle the wrong foods, or eat a certain food too much this class will help you to increase your awareness for what your body, mind and heart needs. Do you know there are seven kinds of hunger? They do not need to be satisfied with food?
Anxiety about performing sends many performers to the sugar cookies, or causes them to eat too much or not enough. This seminar teaches how to be satisfied with a less, especially during performance season. (This is not a treatment program for eating disorders.)
Read more about it here. (on-line seminar available soon.) Email me if you are interested in information. This class is held in Pittsburgh,PA in Jan. 2010.
Sanna Carapellotti, MS CHt
Your Performance Coach.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Do you have any specific questions? There are many ways to manage. I can address your specific question, or situation and speak in general terms.
Thank you for your comment! I appreciate it!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
PS - You do not want to miss next months issue where I interview three dancers about how they discipline themselves through the holidays. I was impressed by their strength! By the way, I am always looking for dancers to interview. If you are interested, let me know and I will consider you for future articles, or events. Sanna@mentalperformances.com
Friday, December 4, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I did make a change of THAT word. We have many young readers and even though it would be accurate and honest to tell the whole story correctly, sometimes we need to leave out the 'descriptives.' Thanks for telling about your experience.
Sanna Carapellotti, MS CHt
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Dance is tough on mind and body. Dealing with negative critical people is one aspect of performance. Some people will NEVER like your performance style, your body shape, your hair color .... and on and on. The more you step into the spot light the bigger your imperfections become (look at some of todays stars, family members, friends, politicians, other human beings). Mostly because what we look at daily is an illusion created by a computer.
Ever heard of a Troll. They are critics. They seek to demean and criticize AND GAIN PLEASURE FROM IT.
A. critics will always be criticizing
B. They rarely are creative other than with their words and comments
C. You must ignore them, otherwise YOUR INNER voice echoes them.'
Are you a troll of yourself?
Sanna Carapellotti, MS CHt
DanceMom. Therapist. Performance Coach.
9:00 PM? 8:30PM ? You can listen in and it will also be recorded.
I am working on this for you all so you can heal this part of you that does not live fully in your body, within yourself. ANY negativity drains your life force and creativity. No matter who says what or who does anything, you are and must be in control of what you believe about yourself.
Back to you ... Email me directly if you want to talk on the program about dancers and body image.
email@example.com. I will also be asking for YOUR QUESTIONS>
Friday, October 23, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Class clown was helpful and kind and observant. Although his behaviors are not to your liking and his interactions may be immature and intrusive, he may be your partner in the future or he may do something thoughtful as he did or it is revealed why he behaves as he does.
Especially in a company setting, where contact is up close and very physical, you want to be as flexible of someone else's behavior as you can. LOOK for the nice things he does. Otherwise you will always SEE the annoyances and they become WHAT YOU LOOK FOR. We then do not see anything else. Shift the focus to WHAT else he does in and out of class. Annoyances - and goodness knows we all have those!
Ps - Visit - Mentalperformances.com
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Well the night after my last post I was sick all night and could not even go in to the studio the next day, the first time I can remember since early high school, maybe even longer. The next day I felt better and tried to take class, but by grande battementes I had to go lie down. I hate to stay at home and miss things! So I stayed and watched a new girl step in to my (soloist!) part in one of the classical ballets we are doing this year. Then I marked the arms for my first rehearsal understudying the leading soloist in the same ballet (the second-biggest part in the ballet). Of course understudying DEFINITELY does not mean I will ever perform this role, but I am thrilled that I was even considered as the understudy. Then I finished the day being cast as demi-soloist in the ballet we started learning at the end of last year, which I was very excited about!
So besides being sick, it was a pretty great way to start the season. I am so glad the director sees me in these larger roles and will give me a chance, because even though a lot of good dancers did not return this season, the director could've chosen other dancers over me who are still in the corps at the moment.
I am also almost always dancing with my favorite partner! (Who makes me really really nervous by the way, but I sort of like that feeling and I like that we were paired up anyway.)
So that's all my time for now but I thought I would share my exciting news.
Until next internet cafe!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
But my vacation was amazing, and I don't even think I got too out of shape! The director was relatively nice today, too. Seems like it is going to be a good year - so far I have some pretty decent parts.
Hopefully I will have internet and post soon! I hope everyone had/is having a great summer.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Your 'secret' is seen in your attitude that is reflected in your performance. (None of us can hide) If someone gives you negative feedback, do you even try to dance with an attitude against the feedback? I hope not. Take what you need from what you heard, dump it and GO DO IT. Sometimes other people see what we do not see or even know.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
(It is a 60.00 Value)
- 4 CD's
- 48 page booklet,
- A pot of Lavender Silk.
- Tele-seminar, Performance Jitters for FREE.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Since she purchased Stepping to Sleep, she is sleeping all night and feeling stronger for the actual performance. She was surprised that she has not 'heard' the program because she is always falls asleep. The imagery has helped her to feel calm and strengthened from the inside. She said she has noticed a boost in creativity as well. (She doesn't know how that happened. Guided programs do that - That's my job! :) )
She purchased the program in March, 2009. She listens to it about 5 nights a week. It has become a part of her training program.
I am happy that Miranda gets it - Sleep and performance can be improved in the simplest of ways.
PS - It is still on sale for 19.00. (reg.35.00) It is a good night with Stepping to Sleep.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
And we are still performing this season's pieces, as well, so really there is a lot to work on. Even so, a lot of dancers in the company go home almost every day after only half a day of work. The rest of us stay for the choreography workshop. It is really interesting, especially in the piece I am dancing, because the choreography really makes movements based on her own style. It is sometimes very difficult to imitate her way of moving, but I think it is good experience to figure out how to communicate what I am thinking and feeling and try to understand from the choreographer exactly what she wants.
Anyway it's all a lot of fun, and before I know it I'll be off on my summer travels! I am excited, but also not that eager to leave. I like where I am now! It's a really nice feeling to be equally happy at work, where I live, as on vacation and in my home town. It will be really interesting to see how things have changed and stayed the same in the states.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Promise to post more later but now I have to go dance!!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Hopefully in 6 months or a year I will appear less stiff when I dance, since I am always working on it and trying to improve as a dancer. I imagine I will not be completely rid of this flaw in my technique, but at least it will be better than it is now."
I bolded the words that are influencing your performance. Notice the words that PUSH success into the future, or are uncertain, or speak of certain permanency.
Again, I ask, "How much will you truly be able to shift?" Not much.
Do you understand that you will continue to move forward JUST AS YOU HAVE IN THE PAST come to this day making minimal strides. Tomorrow comes.
Back to you ...
Sanna Carapellotti, MS CHT
PS - Need more sleep? Go here ...
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Now here is the next very important question... Read very carefully.
Now since this stiff arm problem has been going on for years (and you have achieved profressional status.) and you have a inner dialogue that supports the stiff arm problem. (read previous posts)
What would it be like for you in 6 months or a year WITH THIS STIFF ARM experience.
One Year? Will it be the same or change?
Sanna Carapellotti, MS CHT
P.S. Stepping to Sleep is on Sale! It is a dynamic problem guaranteed to strengthen your performance. Dance rested,
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Here is what probaly happens. The stiff arms become stiffer or way too relaxed because your attention is on them trying to make them big and fluid. You might even lose another part of your movement when the focus is on 'arms.' You become fragmented?
What YOU FEEL (and believe) you are doing and what THEY OBSERVE is obviously different.
So something is off a bit.
Part of the annoyance could be frustration with yourself because you are doing the best you can and think you have made a change and TO THEM they do not SEE a change.
Is this correct?
Even when I try to bend and make my motions big and fluid, I am constantly told to do more. Teachers often tell me to relax or bend more, but if I do what I think they are saying, it doesn't help. Often times I need to hold myself more to appear relaxed or just bend differently, not necessarily more. I get really annoyed sometimes when I hear these corrections and I can feel myself closing to the corrections. Instead of using the criticism to become a better dancer, I feel resentful and hopeless.
In other news....
As the end of the season is in sight, a few dancers have announced they will not be returning next season, including one of our main principle dancers. In the past few weeks, the ballet masters have been telling people to really learn the places that will be empty next season, and I was specifically told to learn the principle's space in the ballet choreographed by the guest earlier this year (the one I was not cast in even as an understudy but learned anyway). She already had an understudy, but she did not learn the part very well or even go to half the rehearsals I was in, so as of now I will go in next season! It just goes to show how much can change - from not even being cast as an understudy to performing on of the main parts. I am really excited for this opportunity.
Also, someone is now learning my part in another ballet, which I think means I might be promoted to a better part in the same ballet, since the same dancer will leave a hole there next year as well. Even if they end up getting a new principle who will do these parts, it is still nice to know that they would consider me, and it's a good learning experience. There is also a choreography workshop with dancers from the company, and I am in one of the dancer's pieces, which is both challenging and fun. AND we just started learning another ballet I really love for next season. Things are really going well! I am so glad it's not the boring end to the season I anticipated.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Pick a problem you have had for a while, maybe a performance issue.
Write it down in a simple sentence.
Next write a few paragraphs about how you think of this problem. You may have inner dialogue, or say (speak) about it to family, friend and peers in a certain way.
This is a private exercise so be honest with yourself.
I will return in the next day or so and continue this exercise. I want you to do this now.
Janie, if you can post your response.
Thank you! Welcome to the new followers and I thank you all for your questions and comments. I appreciate it very much.
I am marking my performance CD' s down this week. It will be a nice sale for summer intensives! Stepping to Sleep is especially a good program to have as it strengthens, heals and prepares you for the rigors of intensive dance practice. Going away from home for long weeks in the summer can be difficult.
Sanna Carapellotti, MS CHT
Friday, May 29, 2009
So the other day I FINALLY made an appointment to see a chiropractor. It felt a little silly, because it was so long ago and the pain was really minor by that point, but I was still a little scared that there was some internal damage or something, or at least that I was out of alignment. So the appointment was half for my back and half for my head. Anyway he cracked me like crazy and hooked me up to all these massage machines and said I had no real damage other than what he fixed by adjusting me.
Well I was very relieved, since the day after the kick I felt like they might be amputating my right shoulder. I also felt much looser and straighter, and the next day in class felt great. My turns were amazing! I don't know whether the physical adjustments really made that much of a difference or if the thoughts of a straight spine in my head helped me to dance that way, but it was great and I will try from now on to picture my spine this way.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Anyway I was also starting to come down with something - sore throat, runny nose, etc. and just not having the best week. Then before the second evening performance, the artistic director had a really annoying rehearsal in the studio. It's this hopeless ballet that is just a mess of choreography as the basis, so it's really impossible to make it look good. And on stage it's even worse because there is way too much going on and too many people and it just doesn't work, and everyone but the artistic director (and choreographer) know this. So it was annoying enough we had to rehearse over and over before the show, and it was an especially horrible rehearsal that went 15 minutes over time. The director said "the bus will wait. I need to rehearse," so we took our time getting ready. When my friend and I arrived at the bus stop 8 minutes past the time we were supposed to leave, after 2 very angry phone calls, and we the director yelled at us, too. But we did not even come as late as the rehearsal ran over, and we were told the bus would wait. Yes, we could've rushed or not gotten food to eat between 2:00 and 12:00, but that's not right, so we didn't. It just made me so angry. But the director talked to me and wasn't really that mad. We said it wouldn't happen again and the director proceeded to give me the typical back-handed compliments. I am a good dancer with a nice facility but I need to push myself.
Anyway I really do feel I am getting better at knowing what mindset I need to approach a performance and how to forget my negative emotions when I need to. So I think I was okay during the show. It was going pretty well actually, despite the ridiculously small stage. Then we got to the end of the dreaded ballet we rehearsed earlier, the climax of huge crowded mess. But I really went for it, and then I felt a leg come crashing down on my head and then shoulder. It was horrible pain, and I didn't know what to do. I covered up the choreography I just missed, and continued, because I knew I could and it was the professional thing to do. I held back tears (barely) until after and then I couldn't hold it in. I knew the girl who hit me felt awful and I tried not to blame her or let her know how bad it was, but my shoulder felt horrible. All messed up when I tried to move it.
There was still one piece left in the show, so I did it through the pain. Then the next day we had to come in extra early for the studio show. I couldn't even hold the barre with that arm, it hurt so bad. And whenever I tried to do anything holding my back it hurt. And nobody with authority even showed up until about 10 minutes before the show, so I felt I pretty much had to do the show, since I have no understudies, and I just asked that I not do the demo class and a few especially painful parts. I was so scared and frustrated, just like any new injury, that it might never get better.
The next day I woke up and it was slightly better though. It's tough with this schedule to try to see a doctor or chiropractor. There's a show and then we are on the road performing, but I think I can get by. Hopefully it will keep improving a little on its own, and then when we return in a few days I can see somebody to put me pack in alignment. I'll let you know how it goes.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
okay now for 20 responses - I could adjust my rhythm but...
1. Nobody else adjusts for me
2. I am doing the correct counts
3. It's harder to change than to stay the same
4. My partner will also have to adjust with me
5. I might not dance as well if I am distracted by new counts
6. I don't want to!
okay is this an exercise to prove that there aren't that many good reasons why I should not adjust? Because I can't think of more than 6 reasons aside from the 3 examples you gave.
Today we had a performance and I was so annoyed. First, before the show a friend of mine couldn't find her costume. She kept saying somebody must have taken it, when I'm sure it just got left behind somehow at the studio. These things happen, and yes, it's annoying, but it's more annoying when you don't stop complaining about it. There are plenty of extra costumes, but she was fussing so much I finally just told her to take mine and I would take one of the spares. In the end she took the spare and I stuck with my costume, but there was a lot of unneeded stress in the room.
Then during first act my mood worsened. It went okay, but it's one of those really cheesy story ballets where the corps do a LOT of acting and not so much dancing, which isn't really my thing. I feel stupid and awkward walking around trying to act. On top of that, I got punched in the face, I'm assuming by one of the new guys who doesn't really know what he's doing, but it just really hurt and I still had to walk around the stage acting and smiling like an idiot. Then after, I couldn't find my costume, and it's not that big of a deal for me to just take one of the spares, even if it is a tutu (therefore more fitted than the first act costumes), but I wasted a lot of precious intermission time searching for the stupid thing. Then I went upstairs and my costume was in my dressing room. I suppose it was a nice thought that somebody got it for me, but since I didn't know it just caused trouble.
Grrr! It was so hard to not think about the fact that my nose felt like it was smashed into my face and my costume frustration for the rest of the show, but somehow I forced myself to change my mood and the rest of the show was even kind of fun. Now for some rest...
Monday, May 4, 2009
1. expect change
2. surrender to it
3. to flow
4. to strengthen
5. expect change
... and of course, perform.
Sanna Carapellotti, MS CHT
PS - I was interviewed ast week for a piece on 'rejection' for Dancer Magazine. I will let you know when it is published.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
That must have been so difficult and scary to first prepare a speech about something that bothers you so much, and then have to change it at the last minute. It's easier now to think about how to handle these moments, like my pre-show stress. Maybe it's a huge deal to me, but maybe to everyone else it just sounds like a normal correction or a way to make me dance my best. It's not the end of the world, and I need to realize that when I try to apply the corrections. It's not life or death, and if I just try it can only help me.
Hey I did 5 pirouettes today! More than once, too. I was just practicing in the back of a slightly boring rehearsal when a company member gave me a little correction, and there you go - 5 turns. It was so much fun and I kept doing it too. We'll see if it still works tomorrow ;)
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
It is difficult to not take things personally, or to not feel badly. You have been working hard, are dancing with partners you are not familiar with and have been mentally rehearsing. How could he tell that?????
Some aspects of preparation are unseen and unnoticed. Placing your attention on other matters can actually strengthen your performance. It is virtually impossible to sustain ALL your attention on choreography ALL the time. Diverting attention to LEFT brain activites is actually a good thing. Also flipping through a magazine is a powerful relief too. Or listening to one of the audio programs you have of mine.
Back in the morning.
The next day I tried to approach the show with a good attitude, since I knew being negative would not help matters. But it's hard to be positive when you are so stressed out! After class I sat stretching and studying (did I mention I am trying to learn the language?) with some friends while they worked on a ballet I am not involved in on stage. The director walked in and made an annoying comment about how "orthodox I am with my studying," but what I should be thinking about is the performance because it was "not bad yesterday, it was terrible." Great way to boost my confidence before a show. And as if I had not spent the entire evening and morning going over the piece in my head. As if I didn't care how I danced. As if the rest of the corps and the music and my partners were not important in my dancing with the group and it would be perfect if only I would stop studying and think only about the dance. Very annoying.
During the mark-through on stage, I did as much as I could full-out, without making my overworked partners do too too much. I felt bad, since most of them are principles with a lot to do, only dancing with me because my partner is away. But I tried very hard to do what I think the director wanted (not that I'm ever told exactly what is so terrible about my dancing).
But the show went okay, I thought. And the next day we actually got notes all together as a company after class (which is another rare occasion for us), and the ballet master who corrected me the day before the show specifically said I was much better. I felt silly, since not many people were singled out, and I think it might have something to do with the way I reacted to the correction. I was upset and frustrated and I said that I felt like nobody would work with me either, so that's why it wasn't together. I hate to talk back to teachers when I am corrected, but I just couldn't help it.
I suppose all's well that ends well. My partner will be back in a few weeks, so I guess we'll see if it will be hard to adjust to him or if it will be comfortable like he never left. Hopefully the latter!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
And today after the rehearsal, one of the ballet masters told me I was not together with everyone else, which when I think about it is somewhat true, but this information would have been much more valuable if I knew a little sooner than the day before the show. AFTER rehearsal - I couldn't even try to fix it today! At least if I had known I could've tried to fix this in the studio when we rehearsed the past few weeks. It is also frustrating, because I know there are many instances where I am the only one on the music, or at least doing the steps on the counts we originally established. When I reflect on my dancing, I realize that I think I am a little subconsciously stubborn, so I am aware that we are not together, but I am also determined to do the steps on the "right" counts. Tomorrow I will just have to try to let the music and counts go and be with the group, but it is very difficult to try to fix this overnight without any rehearsals.
...not to mention the fact that I also dance with partners who also need to be together with the group. It cannot be completely my fault we are off the music. And it's hard to track down all these partners and work out problems, especially when the problems are with timing, which requires both music and the rest of the dancers. It is way too complicated!
But I am much less angry than I was earlier today so I will just do my best tomorrow to be with the group and have an open mind and good attitude, because staying angry will definitely not improve my performace. I'll let you know how it goes.