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Top 5 Dance Quotes which Will Make You Want to Dance

Everyone needs a little inspiration and motivation during the day, especially in times of challenge and hardship. Dancing is proven to be the best activity to raise happiness vibrations in the human brain. So, here are 10 awesome quotes to remind you to dance whenever and wherever you can.

Because no matter what you’re going through, a little dancing will help you as a power injection of motivation to stay strong and keep moving positively and creatively through the day.

Additionally, dancing will help you reduce stress and cool off when the pressure starts to seem too much to handle.

Dance Quote #1

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi dance quote Rumi

Dance Quote #2

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here, we should dance!

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Dance Quote #3

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” ― Friedrich Nietzschedance quote Nietzsche

Dance Quote #4

Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn. – Terri Guillemets

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Dance Quote #5

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed these inspirational dance quotes, feel free to share them with your friends!

Got any dance quotes you love?? We’d love to hear them!

Corporate dance class: Team building Through Movement

The basics

Team building through movement is a special corporate dance class for work team members. Obviously, the end goal of the special corporate dance class is team building through dance and creative movement.

The Corporate dance class “team building through movement” is an effective way to:

  • Break the ice amongst team members
  • Bring the team members closer
  • Improve communication
  • Learn to work in a team
  • Boost team spirit and enthusiasm
  • Create the feeling of belonging to something important
  • Unite and work in harmony

Who is this corporate dance class for?

  • Team members working together in a company
  • New work teams
  • Teams struggling to collaborate effectively
  • Teams looking to achieve better results
  • Teams that want to distress and have fun together
  • Any group of people that would like to learn to dance in a group and has the end goals defined in the class benefits.

The Corporate dance class “team building through movement” process

The “team building through movement” class consists of 5 classes.

First Class:

The group is introduced to the movement coach, who explains; the flow of the upcoming classes, the process and what they can expect and achieve through them.

The group shares and exchanges their thoughts, worries, difficulties and the group end goal.

After the warm up and relaxation; the movement coach creates choreography and teaches it to the group.

After the first class

Boston Mobile Dance Studio sends a video of choreography to all of the corporate dance class team members, which they can practice among themselves.

Group members share with each other; what they’ve learned and what they’ve had difficulties with. They help each other overcome difficulties. Encourage each other to learn and have fun, thus creating trust among them and developing better communication.

The second, third and fourth corporate dance class

During the next 3 classes, team members continue their practice of choreography, while focusing on communicating with each other, overcoming difficulties, supporting and encouraging each other, and above all having fun.

Boston Mobile Dance Studio is continuously supporting the group during the whole process.

The last class

The last class is video recorded by Boston Mobile Dance Studio.

During the last corporate dance class, the group talks about what they’ve learned, what they’ve had the most difficulties with and how they’ve overcome them.

They resolve any possible disagreements by accepting each other with their differences and diverse opinions in order to create the atmosphere of empowerment and tolerance.

They practice their general rehearsal of the dance choreography.

After the last class

The group presents the dance they’ve learned during their Corporate Team building dance classes, to the public e.g. within their company or according to the mutually agreed setting. Before presenting the dance, they describe how the process has been for them and how it has helped them with their team building.

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Related – Boosting productivity: Dance as an outlet

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Boosting Productivity: Dance as an outlet

Being a dance studio owner, I regularly get to meet lots of new people from various different backgrounds, cultures, and mindsets. Older people, younger people, mid-aged, teenagers, and children.

Our clients come to us to learn to dance, with many different intentions and goals.

People often come to our dance classes to find a means of distressing, and/or emotional and creative outlet.

All of these things are important for boosting productivity.

How does dancing and releasing tension help with boosting productivity, you say?

Well, the answer is actually quite simple. When you’re overwhelmed with day to day tasks at work and in life, it’s natural to feel tension and stress.

Of course, there are different methods to beat this. After all, stress is inside of us, it’s not outside. It’s the way we perceive certain situations which in return causes us to feel stressed out.

Meditation and mindfulness are some of the most effective methods for beating stress.

But taking part in dance classes and events is also an amazing way to distress and blow some steam off. I’ve heard my clients and students say this time and time again. Dancing is an outlet, and having an outlet will allow you to boost productivity in many different ways.

So, let’s explore the outlet dancing gives you which can help you boost productivity…

#Dancing is a great way to distress and blow some steam off says @Carl_Alleyne at @BMDanceStudio Tweet This

Distressing with dance

When you come to a dance class, you meet a lot of new and different people.

Human beings have a natural need to socialize. It doesn’t matter if you are an introvert. Meeting new people and building relationships helps you build self-confidence and it is a great way to bring something new into the usual everyday routine.

During a dance class, we play music that raises energy levels. Depending on the dancing style, the music may be fast or slow paced.

But in whichever the case, music and dance combined, raise happy hormone levels in our brain. And maintaining that emotion of release and feeling good is guaranteed to help you boost productivity in your everyday life.

Music and dance combined, raise happy hormone levels in our brain says #Carl_Alleyne at @BMDanceStudio Tweet This

Of course, it’s not unusual to feel insecure or anxious if you’re coming to a dance class for the first time. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind that dance classes at Boston Mobile Dance Studio are intended for fun.

This is why we don’t focus so much on professional dancers, but rather on everyday people wanting to have some fun while dancing.

Just like with any other physical activity; while dancing, your body releases serotonin and endorphins. The natural feel-good chemicals in the human body.

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Emotional outlet

Ask any professional dancer, and they’ll tell you that they can never express their emotions in words, as much as with movement. Many dance styles have emerged based on this theory.

Take KRUMP and Contemporary dance for example. KRUMP emerged on the streets of L.A. and it became popular as a way of expressing an individuals’ thoughts, emotions, opinions and perspectives through energetic movements made to the beats of an expressive tune.

Contemporary is a dance of the soul. A contemporary dance choreography is danced to tell a story and to express the deepest emotions within one being.

This is why not every dance style suits everyone.

Before deciding to enroll in a dance class, you should consider which music you prefer the most and which types of moves you like the best. You can try many, and you can choose one or more that you prefer. It’s important that you look for the emotion that it gives you.

If a dance style makes you feel amazing, pumped up and enlightened, then that’s the one for you. Nurturing that positive emotion and getting rid of negative emotions has a huge effect on productivity, so obviously positive emotions will boost your productivity for sure.

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Boosting Creativity

Taking part in dance classes opens possibilities of trying new things and experimenting with your body and movements. This alleviates your brain to go places where it hasn’t gone before.

So, when you’re dancing you’re developing and enhancing your creative abilities, which feeds your brain with new ideas and possibilities you wouldn’t have considered before. So while boosting your creativity, you’re also boosting your productivity because your brain will be able to solve problems creatively and you will find solutions much quicker and easier than before.

You can read more on creativity on our blog by following the geniuses’ guide to improving creative problem-solving skills, or by considering what could be killing your creativity.

Or take a look at our Creativity Hacks Cheat Sheet.

Boosting Productivity & Creativity

When you’re dancing, you’re developing and enhancing your creative abilities, says @Carl_Alleyne at @BMDanceStudio Tweet this

Nurturing your motivation

We’ve been talking about motivation a lot these days. As I mentioned in my post “7 Motivational Secrets Every Leader should know”, I have a team of people working to bring the voice and vision of Boston Mobile Dance Studio to the world. It’s my responsibility to keep my team members motivated. So to be able to motivate them, I have to be motivated myself.

I’ll be talking some more about motivation in the upcoming blog posts and podcasts.

But one thing I want to point out know, is that:

Lack of motivation = procrastination = depletion

Whereas:

Motivation = productivity

Most of you are probably nodding your heads here because this is so logical and obvious. But it’s also easy to forget when the demotivation monster attacks without a guard.

How does dance affect your motivation? Well, the combination of music and movement feeds your brain with will-power and positive vibrations that increase your life energy, thus allowing you to boost your productivity in your work and life environments.

Boosting Productivity - Nurturing Motivation That’s it for today. Hope you’ve enjoyed the read on dancing as an outlet and productivity boost. We try to give you useful content to guide you on your creative journey of life.

Got something to say, feel free to post below in the comments section, we’d love to hear from you!

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How to boost productivity when you’re all over the place

As someone who sometimes wishes a day would last longer than 24 hours, I have to continually keep finding ways of maximizing my time during the day.

Thing is, I’m an entrepreneur and an artist. I’ve got my business, Boston Mobile Dance Studio where I also teach, I have my band the Beantown and I’m the founder of the BeanTown Lockers.

Additionally, I’m a proud father of 3 awesome little munchkins. So, all in all, using my time productively during the day is crucial for me. I’m always looking for ways to boost productivity, and every little tip really helps.

I’m always looking for ways to boost productivity, and every little tip really helps.

First of all, I’m going to guide you through the tactics and habits that I use to boost productivity and make my day more productive.

But let me tell you something before going further. The biggest change I’ve experienced in my productivity is after reading the book “Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod.

Getting up early in the morning and implementing my Miracle Morning routine has helped me organize my day better. It’s helped me clear my mind and find clarity for the rest of the day and the upcoming tasks.

Don’t sit down all the time

When working at my desk, I don’t sit down. I’ve placed my laptop on a high desk shelf so that I’m standing while working in front of the screen. I’ve found that this helps me keep my energy flow moving and the strain on my back is minimized.

Define time blocks of working

Some people find that working in 90-minute blocks makes them most productive. After these 90 minutes, you should take a 15-minute break. But this brake needs to be something useful, not surfing the web, scrolling through Facebook or something not so useful.

These 15 minutes should be used for a useful activity such as going for a walk, doing some exercise, meditating or having a healthy snack.

I usually work in 2-hour blocks during which I time myself. I time every 10 minutes in which I drink 30 sips of water.

Hydrating with water is crucial for the whole body and for the brain. It also helps in reducing stress, keeping the body balanced and energized. I also make 10-minute breaks to do some exercises such as neck rolls, push ups, etc.

You can always try the Pomodoro Technique to boost productivity, which has been proven as very effective.

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Pomodoro Technique for boosting productivity

Having a healthy sleep pattern

It’s important to have a healthy sleep pattern. Sleep is crucial for the brain. Lack of sleep causes lowered concentration levels, increases stress, and causes burn out.

Although it may not be possible to go to bed early in some situations, I try to make it my goal to go to bed by 11 pm. This way I can get enough sleep to be able to get up at 4:00 am.

When I gig with my band, I get home very late so I don’t go to bed before 2 am, in these cases I sleep in unless it’s necessary to get up early. I also try to take power naps during the day if I didn’t get enough sleep during the night.

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Sleep well and boost productivity

Balancing work and life

I’m a family man. So even though I have a day full of projects and responsibilities, I do my best to take time off. I spend my evenings with my family, I take time off to go out with my wife and my kids. I love going to the movies because it really helps me detach from the fast paced and sometimes very stressful work situations. Spending simple moments with my wife, laughing and joking around helps me remember that life should be enjoyed and not taken so seriously.

Balancing work and life is really important for boosting productivity. Failing to balance these two will not only cause decreased productivity, but it will also eventually cause burnout.

Continuous learning

As someone with many roles and responsibilities, I’ve truly experienced the importance of learning. You should never believe that you’ve learned everything you need to know.

Failing to develop and expand your knowledge and skills will make you unproductive in all areas of your life. There’s always something to learn.

For me, I’m always looking to learn more as an entrepreneur and as an artist. I love listening to audio books, especially while driving my car. I drive a lot, so I try to use this time constructively.

I love the way Brian Tracy puts it:

The second part of continuous learning is for you to listen to audio programs in your car. Audio learning has been described as the most important advance in education since the invention of the printing press.

Boost productivity by listening to music

Music can enhance all areas of our work and life. But it’s important to choose this music carefully.

Different genres and frequencies have different effects on the brain. Energetic and fast music with fast beats or lyrics should be avoided during mental activities.

As a performer and a natural introvert, being too hyped up tires me emotionally and mentally. So, I prefer to listen to classical music during mental work, it helps me relax and focus.

Whereas during active work such as rehearsals, dance classes and workouts I listen to energetic music. This helps me maintain my energy, motivation, and creativity.

And that would be that from me, my dear friends. I hope you’ve enjoyed this read and that it will help you boost your productivity.

Try some of these things and tell me how it goes, I’d love to hear your opinions.

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7 Motivational Secrets Every Leader Should Know

As a leader and entrepreneur, I’ve been able to communicate with many different types of individuals. I can say that each and every one is a blessing for me, because I’ve learned something from all of them.

These experiences have taught me a lot about communication and leadership. I believe in positive leadership. I believe in empowering, as to commanding. I believe in encouraging as to criticizing. And I believe in motivating, as to pressuring.

And I can honestly say; for me, it’s working out amazingly. So based on that, I thought I’d share with you, my 7 motivational secrets -when it comes to my employees and team members.

I believe in positive leadership, I believe in empowering… says @Carl_Alleyne at @BMDanceStudio

Motivation in the workplace has been a subject of research for quite some time.

Initially, it was considered a Pandora ’s Box, due to the fact that every individual has different aspirations and goals at work and in life.

Brain science has shed some light on factors that motivate individuals on a personal and professional level.

For a long time, it was believed that rewards were the best motivators, but recent studies show that’s not the case. Have a look at this interesting TED talk by Dan Pink on The Puzzle Motivation.

Although it may seem obvious, every leader should be interested in motivating their team in the best way possible. But, research shows that this actually is not the case.

Based on the most recent research, employees and managers at large corporations, exhibit low levels of trust within the company teams. Logically, where there’s no trust, there’s little to none motivation.

But inspired by positive leadership, as we do it here at Boston Mobile Dance Studio, I thought I’d share the motivational secrets that I and other positive leaders believe to be crucial for team success.

My Motivational Secrets

Lead by example

Just like the saying “treat others the way you want to be treated”, leading by example for me assumes that I treat my team members in a way that I want everyone treating each other within the team.

The positive attitude towards our work and towards each other creates a company culture with a fertile ground for motivation, productivity, and creativity.

I don’t like to have limits imposed on me, so I don’t impose limits on my team members. This in return generates extremely creative ideas and productive work.

Another thing is, I don’t like to stagnate, and my team knows this. So rather than getting stuck on a certain problem, we move on to the next task in the plan to keep the momentum moving.

Team enthusiasm is something I have to keep alive in order to achieve our goals and nurture the company culture.

Once you have the momentum, you have to keep the momentum moving Says @Carl_Alleyne at @BMDanceStudio

Motivational Secrets

Socializing

When I say socializing, I don’t mean only team get-togethers and events. These are great, but I believe it’s important to know each other on a personal level. My team members and I are open about our personal lives. We share each other’s personal experiences and conversations.

Now I’m not saying that we all have to be best friends. I respect the fact that it’s important to separate professional lives from personal lives. But in any case, it’s better to get on and be friends to a certain degree, rather than being explicitly focused on serious professionality.

Positive feedback

Feedback is crucial. Whether positive or negative. But one can choose the right words when sharing negative feedback.

I’ve found that certain individuals don’t respond well to blunt and direct negative criticism. Often these individuals are people with great skills and capacity. So why allow the loss of a great team member for the sake of being crude!?

I try to choose my words with care and approach a team member in the way that I’d want someone to approach me too.

On the other side, when it comes to good work and results, even the smallest bits, I take care to thank and show appreciation for the hard work and awesome results. This is something that a leader must do, because it has an amazingly positive motivational effect on people.

Honesty

As well as being honest with my opinions, I’ve found that it is important to be honest about internal business information.

Transparency builds trust. If we’re in a situation that certain business goals aren’t going in the desired direction, I share that with my team.

If something isn’t working out as expected it will affect all areas of the business, and team members need to know that.

This also opens the possibility of individuals not even working within the problematic department to come up with an innovative solution, which in the end helps us all move forward.

Know your employee

It’s important to show your employees that you care about them and that you’re interested in their personal stuff that may be affecting them even on a professional level.

It is a human fundamental need to be accepted and appreciated. People are much more motivated when they know that they’re respected for what they are and what they do.

We take care to nurture this need as a part of our company culture. I emphasize this to my existing and new team members and employees. Because it is the core of this company.

Opportunities

As well as being an entrepreneur, I’m also an artist and a parent. As a typical artist, you’re always looking for new inspiration and action. I believe that this is something that can help everyone get more motivated.

Looking for new possibilities and opportunities gives you the drive to do more and give more of your abilities. When I say opportunities, I’m not just talking about promotions in the company. I’m talking about the possibilities to learn new things, to do work other than the work someone is specialized in. As Jason Demers puts in in his article the 6 motivation secrets to inspire your employees, even the most ambitious people get demotivated when there are no changes happening.

People may be working in one particular field, but they also have other knowledge and skills that they would like to show or improve.

Giving people these kinds of possibilities is twofold. They get the chance to show what they’ve got and to grow, and you get specific work done within the team without having to hire outside help.

Freedom

I mentioned this in the beginning. But I just can’t stress the importance of freedom enough. Direction is important, and certain company rules and regulations need to be adhered to, in order to maintain productivity and an efficient workflow.

I’m convinced that employees need to be given as much freedom as possible, even if it means letting them make mistakes (as long as these mistakes don’t cause financial loss).

Giving the freedom to explore, you’re opening the doors to innovative ideas and solutions.

The world of business has been extremely focused on accustomed ways of doing things in the past times. But now we’re living in the times of transition. More and more professionals are switching to a more creative approach to work, and creativity assumes freedom. 

Boston Mobile Dance Studio is a creative company, which logically means that creativity comes first when it comes to business operations and management. I’ve found that giving my team members the freedom they need, more creative ideas are born. This results in original ideas that can minimize the financial costs of a task which would usually require greater financial investment.

And that would be that dear friends. I’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you’re a leader yourself, please share your motivational secrets with us. Because there’s always room for improvement for all of us. Thank you for reading and feel free to share this article with your friends and colleagues.

Thank you for reading and feel free to share this article with your friends and colleagues.

For more interesting reads about motivation, have a look at our bite-sized creative pieces. Take a look our Get motivated in 10 minutes INFOGRAPHIC and also stay tuned for the next one: The 5 things your employees need to hear you say INFOGRAPHIC.

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Infographic: Motivate yourself in 10 minutes

It’s not always so easy to motivate yourself. We all have moments of bad motivation, it’s natural. Especially if you have many goals and responsibilities.

Without motivation, you’re stuck in status quo and far away from your wishes and goals.  But don’t worry, there’s always a way to get motivated and rise from the ashes.

Get motivated in no time!

That’s why we’ve decided to make this infographic on how to motivate yourself in 10 minutes.

Here’s a visual representation that will guide you and help you get motivated in no time. Consider it our gift to you. Because we know how motivation is important if you want to get where you want to be!

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Infographic: Motivate yourself in 10 minutes