PRODUCE YOURSELF! Stand Up! Step Up! & Move!

A Dancer's View on Focus, Presence, and Confidence

by Ann Marie DeAngelo

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/04/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 150
ISBN : 9781504325011

About the Book

Produce Yourself! is an empowering and richly layered presentation that seeks to motivate readers to find ways to embody success. The reader will journey through a dancers’ process of creativity thru-the-body, learning the physicality of imagination, and illuminate the art of possibility. Dancers have presence and confidence. The difference between success and near-success is confidence.

Produce Yourself! claims that visualizing is not enough to realize goals, and illuminates the act of visceralizing, experiencing a desired outcome (as dancers do) through concentration and intense focus. Included in the book are simple moves and coaching exercises to engage readers in their own process, offering basic elements of ballet which is an athletic art form grounded in action. Stand Up! Be Still. Step Up! Be Connected. Move! Be in Action. This is not a program but more of an interactive system of learning, encouraging readers to:

• Put yourself front and center • Embrace yourself, embrace your goals • Take a step - take the next step • Discover the physicality of Focus • Be an instrument for your own creativity • Reach beyond your potential into what is possible • Learn success tools, The 9 C’s: Concentration, Clarity, Commitment, Connection, Coordination, Consistency, Courage, Confidence, Completion • Get out of your own way and be open to succeed

“When in doubt, initiate.” —Buddah

About the Author

Ann Marie DeAngelo is an expert in all types of dance. The former Joffrey Ballet principal dancer was featured in TIME Magazine as one of America’s most outstanding ballerinas, later becoming the associate director of the Joffrey. She was artistic director of Ballet D’Angelo, an experimental troupe touring extensively in Europe, followed by serving as the founding artistic director of Ballet de Monterrey, the first privately funded arts organization in Mexico. DeAngelo has choreographed over 60 ballets and a new musical in China for the Shanghai Expo 2010. Her one-act ghost story The Bell Witch was nominated for the prestigious Benois de la Danse Award, and a segment was performed at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. As producer/director of the annual Career Transition For Dancers Gala benefit at City Center in New York, she has created twelve dance evenings. In them she has presented hundreds of artists and dance companies and has worked with personalities that include: Paula Abdul, Marge Champion, Dule Hill, Sutton Foster, Marvin Hamlisch, James Earl Jones, Jane Krakowski, Angela Lansbury, Nigel Lythgoe, Ann-Margret, Liza Minnelli, Bebe Neuwirth, Rosie O’Donnell, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, Brooke Shields, Tommy Tune, and Ben Vereen. DeAngelo Productions is the producing entity for the variety dance-extravaganzas she is known for, including Capezio’s 125th Anniversary show. She has worked as an artistic consultant for several arts organizations, taught in numerous ballet and contemporary dance companies, universities, and summer courses, and has been movement coach to Bette Midler. Her program Bringing Performance to Life was initiated at Rancho La Puerta. DeAngelo lives in New York City.