Three Dance Competition Principles

October 23rd, 2015 by Roy Patterson

Dance Competition Principals With Dr. Marcie Beigel

Three Dance Competition Principles To Live By in Dance & Life with SQ University Guest Blogger Dr. Marcie

StarQuest is obsessed with helping provide YOU with experiences and content that are going to help you grow as dancers and individuals. That’s why we created SQUniversity! Every week we’ll introduce a guest blogger to you who we think will contribute greatly to your growth as an artist.

This week, SQ University would like to introduce you to our Resident Behavior Expert: Dr. Marcie Beigel. We hope you appreciate her philosophy as much as we do!

Dance Competition Principals With Guest Blogger Dr. Marci Beigel


Happy October!

I’m thrilled to join the StarQuest family as your SQ University resident behavior expert. Let’s make this the best year yet!

My philosophy as a behaviorist comes down to three phrases.

These three simple truisms will help you thrive in your dance classes, competitions and life overall.

Here they are:

  1. Mean what you say and say what you mean! Your words are powerful and people are listening even when you don’t think they are. Be clear and truthful in what you say. No more sidestepping the truth or covering up your authentic intent; find your voice and speak thoughtfully.
  2. Actions speak louder than words! Now that your words are clear, it’s time to make them match your actions so that they will support each other. Generally, we talk too much. Trust that the people around you heard the first time. When your actions reinforce your words, you don’t need to repeat yourself so often.
  3. You catch more bees with honey than with vinegar! We live in a culture where criticism, gossip and negativity are seemingly everywhere. Let’s change that because it feels better for everyone when we use an encouraging approach. Learning goes faster when corrections happen from a positive place. Find the compliment, offer the needed encouragement and teach from a place of growth.

These three phrases are how I teach beings of all sizes (from preschool students to teachers, from teens to parents) every day. I know that they can transform your life, regardless of whether you are a teacher, parent, dance student or studio owner.

Now, how about you?

What questions do you have? How can I help? Let me know in the comments below!

Blue skies!

Dr. Marcie


Dr. Marcie Beigel is a behavioral therapist based in Brooklyn and works nationally. She has worked with thousands of families over 15 years and has condensed her observations and experience into her practice and programs.