Welcome to Communication Skills for On and Off the Stage. During this four week workshop, we will be working together to enhance your communication skills. Each week, you will have new lessons to work through culminating in a weekly live consult to ask questions and discuss what you are learning.
In this workshop you will learn how to communicate effectively in everyday conversations and difficult ones. You will have a chance to discuss your communication issues with us and the other members of the class via online discussions and weekly live calls.
First, a little about us. Terri and I are both trained therapists (I am a Social Worker by day) familiar with communication skills, techniques and conflict. We are also American Tribal Style® dancers, with a history of studying and teaching other styles of belly dance including Egyptian and Tribal Fusion.
Dancers are constantly communicating on the stage. In improvisational dance, our steps are words, our cues are punctuation, and each dancer who leads the group forms sentences. Each sentence spoken by the lead dancer is woven with the sentences spoken by the next lead dancer to tell a story for the audience. Even in choreographed dance, the rules of communication are clear while on stage.
Off the stage can be a different story...
Just like on the stage, communicating off stage takes clarity, trust and courage.
In this class you will:
-explore your own communication style
-learn tools for communicating when conflict is involved
-explore tips for having a conversation when conflict is involved
-practice what to do if these strategies don't work (e.g., handling REALLY difficult people).
For most of us, having difficult or conflictual conversations is not an easy thing to do. Preparing for conflictual conversations help make them successful. Handling conflict effectively off-the- stage can positively impact communication and performance on stage and make your class or troupe even more succcessful.
In this class we will focus on conflict because this is the most challenging form of communication and because these skills can be taught and learned.
This is an area where your personal improvement will positively affect any group with whom you interact. This is true because people learn through modeling. Even if you belong to a group where conflict is an issue with multiple group members, when you change, the dynamics of the entire group change as well.
Lisa Allred was introduced to bellydancing in 2004 by her twin sister, Terri. Soon thereafter she started attending classes with Dawn Ruckert and fell in love with ATS®. The group format, challenging improvisation, shared leadership and beauty resonated with her in a profound way. The universal language of ATS has allowed her to dance with others from around the world and to make so many new friends. She serves as the Assistant Director of Dayanisma and also dances professionally with Terri in Third Eye Tribal.
In addition to teaching at the BDBA and partnering with Terri in Third Eye Consulting, Lisa is also a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years experience working with children, families, communities and nonprofits. As a clinician she specialized in helping victims of child sexual abuse, intimate partner violence (domestic violence), and sexual assault. She has advocated for survivors by leading coalitions that changed NC laws (marital rape and stalking), running nonprofits dedicated to these issues and serving as an expert witness for the courts. She is employed full-time for a large company in their Work/Life department and assists employees with personal issues related to parenting, relationships and achieving work/life balance. She serves on the Ethics Committee for the NC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and is an adjunct instructor at NC State University in the Graduate School of Social Work.