EP 17 | Building Your Dance Dream with Jeff Amsden

Jeff has been in the dance business for 40 years. He’s had roles of dancer, teacher, choreographer, and director. For a kid who started as a street dancer and literally cleaned his way into dance classes, he’s come a long way. For two years in a row, he’s had students accepted into the Julliard School of Dance. He’s traveled the world to dance and teach, and today he makes his home on a ranch.

Jeff believes that everyone has a dream and that each of us has a responsibility to protect and nurture that dream. His it’s-up-to-you attitude is raw and empowering. His message is one of discipline, hard work, creating your own luck, and bringing positive energy to all that you do. Even if it’s only cleaning the toilet.

“Whether it’s being a janitor, cleaning the stalls, mopping my own floor, or making my own bed, I’m going to do it as if I’m in a Broadway show.” He believes that work ethic and energy are what got him to Broadway and to where he is today.

And when it comes to other people, here’s what Jeff says: “Don’t waste your battery on people who are not going to recharge it for you.” Surround yourself with people who are likeminded, whose very lives inspire you and hold you accountable. Surround yourself with vibrant people, and vibrate at the level that you want the universe to accept you.

Finally, you don’t want to miss Jeff’s story about painting fence posts (yes, dancers can be ranchers too). It’s a reminder, especially in the difficult times, to look back on how far you’ve come. You’ve already come a long way. Don’t quit your daydream now.

What you’ll learn:

  • How Jeff carved out a career path that took him from street dancer to Broadway to master  instructor
  • How looking back on “painted fence posts” will keep you moving forward 
  • What defines a master teacher
  • Why working hard creates luck
  • How to protect and nurture your dream
  • What to do when your significant other doesn’t support your dream
  • Why lack of funds doesn’t have to stop you from getting the training you want
  • The farm-fresh foods Jeff eats every day on his Dallas ranch

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