The new series of Strictly Come Dancing has launched here in the UK and I have to own up to being an avid fan! This year the series has a new judge in the shape of retired English ballerina Darcy Bussell and it was Darcy’s feedback on the show that prompted me to write this post about the coaching lessons we could all learn.
- She focusses on one specific area that she feels will have the most impact
- She makes specific suggestions on what the person could DO to improve
- Be more confident
- Be more relaxed
- Be more musical
- Be more assertive
Some examples of Darcy’s specific coaching suggestions:
To Richard Arnold:
“If you feel the nerves, on the first day of rehearsal take that music home with you yes? Listen to it when you are cooking, in the bath, then you’ll feel really relaxed on that dance floor again. Ok, that will help.“. This is a simple and realistic tip that anyone could do easily and which will associate the dance music with a relaxed state rather than just with the stressed state experienced in training or performance. A great way to create a more relaxed performance!
To Victoria Pendleton
“One thing I think that would really help you – try a lower heel, because I can see you are really finding it trouble balancing with such high heels and then you’ll be able to feel the ground more,