Intellectual Dancer's Newsletter #002
Current State of Mind:
One theme that has really been on my mind a lot recently is being unapologetically me. From feeling a bit burned out from being an international dance instructor, to my 2nd open heart surgery, to the dance world coming to a halt because of COVID, I’ve had a lot of time to do some inner soul listening.
I’ve been following different content creators throughout the pandemic and listening and watching them implement their creative ideas and being themselves to provide value to their audiences has been really refreshing. One of the people I follow is David Perell and he’s been putting out really good content around the skill of writing. There’s one video that I have rewatched a few times and also shared with people I want to see succeed in building their own personal monopolies, and I’ll share the video here with you all as well, if you have any thoughts after watching the video let me know.
In the previous newsletter, I shared an idea that’s really been helping me level up how I consume information across all aspects of my life, called Building A Second Brain (BASB). So, David Perell is business partners with another guy, Tiago Forte, who is the founder of the BASB idea, and they are going to actually be starting a new session of the Building A Second Brain course and I’m really excited to invest in the course to further my knowledge around intentionally building my second brain. Another content creator I really admire is Ali Abdaal is a BASB alumni and his content has really helped me on this nerdy intellectual path I’m on. If you are interested in learning more about the BASB course, you can check out their site here.
I’ve been sitting on the idea of creating a Musicality Course For Dancers and I’m about ready to pull the trigger to start building some initial interest to start recording the modules. I’m super excited to create the musical illustrations with my new video animation skills! What are things that you currently struggle with in improving your musicality as a dancer?
I’ve been hanging out with more entrepreneurs and content creators as I’ve made a commitment to be a lot more intentional about my relationships overall and finding my tribe. If you follow me on FB, you may have seen some of my posts about deleting almost 2,500 "friends" on FB, if you interested in seeing a post that I’m proud of in which I articulated my decision in more detail, you can check it out here. One of the friends that I have a standing weekly call with is Teevee out of Dallas, and on one of our recent calls we were talking about different serial entrepreneurs and it struck me that I could create a Saas app out of what I’ve done so far with the Dancer’s Training Journal.
So I’ve been studying a lot about no-code app development platforms to build an app for dancers that combines cool things I like about Notion, Readwise, Spotify, Strava, Duolingo, and YouTube. This app idea is definitely in the oven and I’ve decided to call it Dancewise, you’ll be hearing more about that as I have more updates to share, but I’m excited about this.
Song I'm currently jamming to:
If you haven’t seen any of my nerdy content lately, parts 1-3 of 4 of my Level Up Your Saidas series on Youtube are out, feedback has been pretty good, I have more kiz content in the oven!
I also posted Step 2 of the 5 Steps To Become A Better Dancer blog.
Question of the week:
Are there any current dance apps or services you are using that you enjoy or you wish you had?
Thanks for reading!
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