How to Become a Successful Dancer

3 Key Tips for Outside of the Dance Studio

How do you become a successful dancer?

A dance teacher can help you become a better dancer

Well, a friend of mine was telling me that she wanted to be a Rockette and that she was going to the camp this summer in New York City. When I asked her what else she was going to do to move towards her dance career, she wasn’t’ sure.

Does this sound familiar?

Well, the dance world is highly competitive so what do you need to know to become successful?

Of course, you need to train in various forms of dance and work on perfecting your technique EVERY DAY. You can bet that your future competition is in the studio practicing for hours. And while your training is key, there are also some key things you need to have in order to reach your dance goals…

3 Key Things You Need to Be a Successful Dancer (Outside of the dance studio)

 

1. Have a good work ethic.

 

How often do you think about your dance training and technique? While you may work hard at the studio on your technique, you also need to work hard at the other things in life that will make your dance training possible.

For example, how are you going to pay for your food, housing and classes in the future?

You need to do well in school and be able to get some kind of job that will pay for your “necessities” until you have some dance paychecks coming in. Work hard at school so you can find work after you graduate. Then, work on various skills pertinent to your job (social media, technology, administrative, telephone, customer service, etc.) so that you can get the highest pay possible.

In life and the dance world, you need to work hard and do the best at whatever you spend your time doing.

2. Stay healthy and fit.

While you may see your dance career as being off in the future, what would happen if you got the chance of a lifetime now to dance? Are you ready? How does your body look? Are you in good, physical condition to handle long rehearsals, performances and more?

If you want to be a successful dancer, start working on your physical condition now. You want to be at the right weight for your body type and develop your stamina and strength. This way, you will be ready for any auditions that come your way. Plus, you will be able to practice longer and harder to improve your technique!

3. Be positive.

If you look at the negative side of things and have a tendency to be jealous of others, it’s time to turn things around. The dance world is highly competitive and unpredictable so it’s important to be able to keep a positive attitude when things get tough. Also, your attitude shines through at auditions and can give you a competitive edge.

To be more positive, work on your dance technique and body so that you can be the best you can be. These goals will help you focus so you have less time to think about how others are “better than you.”

It can also help to get a supportive group of friends and family members together to help you feel better about what you are doing. And try not to be too hard on yourself. Remember, you are very lucky to be able to dance and should always be thankful for this gift.

Work on your Dance Training and More.

Being a successful dancer takes much more than talent. You need to work hard at all aspects of your life. This includes staying in the best, physical and mental condition possible. This way, you will be able to focus on your craft and be the best dancer possible. Plus, your positive attitude will help you through the rough times, help you win more auditions and make you a better person overall!

Now, what are you going to do today to start making your dance dreams a reality?

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Are You Ready for your Close Up?

The phone rings, and a well-known producer at one of your targeted media-venues wants to interview you via Skype video in 30 minutes. That’s fantastic! But wait…are you ready?

If so, this could be a great, publicity opportunity for you… whether you are a dancer, teacher or studio owner. If not, this could be a PR nightmare waiting to happen.

With this in mind, here are three ways to deal with that potential phone call within minutes…

3 Tips to a Better, Video Interview

  1. Prepare bullet points.

The more time you have to create your bullet-points and practice what you are going to say in advance, the better. But if you’re short on time, right down the top, unique benefits of your products and services.

And if you asked the producer what she or he is going to ask you about in advance (always do this!), write down potential, bullet points for the answers you will give. Print your list using a big font you can easily see, and tape your bullet-points right next to your video camera.

  1. Check the mirror and your space.

Look in a mirror to make sure you don’t have food in your teeth and that your hair is in place. Sit in front of your video for a test run, and see what is appearing in the background and if the lighting is correct. Clean up any clutter that will appear on the video, and make sure the lighting flatters you. Also check the sound quality and place a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door.

If you have time, you may want to put on a company shirt or add some company products behind you so they appear on the video. But remember… your appearance, and what appears in the video, all depend on the brand image you want to present.

  1.    Breathe and try to act normal.

You may be nervous if you haven’t done many of these interviews. Just try to breathe and look into the camera like you are talking to another person. Glance at your bullet-points if needed, but just remember to look straight at the camera… not your computer screen.

And if you don’t know how to answer a question, simply state that you don’t know the answer and will need to get back to the interviewer on that particular question. You can also transition to a different topic that you feel comfortable discussing.

You’re Ready!

Requests for video interviews may come up quickly. Try to prepare in advance as these can be excellent opportunities to promote your products and services to a wide audience.

But if you don’t have a lot of preparation time, simply write down bullet-points of tentative responses, check your appearance on the video in advance and act like you are speaking to another human being when you look into the camera. This way, you’ll be ready to go and look professional… even if you are a nervous-wreck inside!

What are you going to do today to prepare for your next, media interview?

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Turn Those Resolutions Into Dance Goals

Learn to be more flexibleBe a more successful dancer this year!

Now that 2014 is in full gear, what does that mean to you as a dancer?

Yes, you know all about resolutions and how most people break them by February each year. With this in mind, why not make goals instead of resolutions?

Here are a few tips to start your year off the right way and accomplish more with your dance career:

1. Define your future.

What do you really want to accomplish as a dancer?

It’s one thing to dream about being on Broadway, dancing in a film or television show or opening your own studio. It’s another thing to write down exactly what you want and actually take action on it. Your dreams may be big, but don’t let that stand in your way.

Figure out each step you need to take to get closer to your dream. Write down goals for this week, this month, this year, and the next five years.

Set timelines and try to finish each step by each deadline. You’ll be amazed at how your dreams will start to materialize!

2. Work hard.

Well, I hate to say it, but even if you think you’re a good dancer, there is always someone better out there. Being a professional dancer is a lot of work.

You need to take dance classes, practice and study your dance technique EVERY DAY. Just dancing around your house or with friends does not count.

Don’t kid yourself. If you really want to be a dancer, you’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of you. But if you reach your goals, it’s completely worth it!

3. Go for it!

With all the work involved in becoming a dancer, or opening your own studio, the process can be overwhelming. Plus, many naysayers will tell you that you can’t do it.

If you really want to have a career in dance, don’t let anyone or anything get in your way. Focus on your goals and stay positive!

Being a dancer is a lot of work, and you’ve got to expect many hours of frustration, physical and mental exhaustion, pain, and negativity from others. It’s a very difficult career, but if you really want to be part of it, all of your hard work will pay off!

Now, go dance and work to be one step closer to your dreams!

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10 Quick Tips for Overcoming Dancer Nerves

All dancers get nervous before a big audition, performance or advanced class. To help with this, here are…

10 Quick Tips for Overcoming Your Nerves

  1. Take some deep breathes (You hear this all the time, but it helps.)

  2. Focus on one thing you want to accomplish.

  3. Stretch extensively beforehand so your body is ready to go.

  4. Think positive thoughts so your mind is ready too.

  5. Look at this as a learning experience and just do the best you can.

  6. Stay away from negative people.

  7. Dedicate your performance to someone else.

  8. Have a grateful attitude (You are lucky to have this opportunity!)

  9. Picture yourself doing a great job before you start.

  10. Let it go! This is not the end of the world. It’s dance!

I’ll write more about these tips in the future, but this will give you a “cheat sheet” to review before you leave for your next big audition, performance or dance class!

Knock ’em dead!

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Your Dance IS Improving!

Do you ever feel like you are practicing like crazy, but no matter how hard you work, you are not improving?

Well, as a fellow dancer, I can tell you this is normal. While you may not see improvements, others can. We tend to get so close to what we are doing, that we can’t see our technique getting better.

But don’t let this frustrate you. Instead, follow these simple guidelines to stay on track with your dance training.

1. Set class goals.

In addition to your overall, dance-career goals, it’s important to set small goals every time you take a class.

For example, figure out what you want to work on prior to stepping into the dance studio.

Then, focus on that one thing throughout class. It may be keeping your legs straight in a kick, putting your arms in the right place when you turn, holding your head up, etc.

This way, you can improve your dancing, one movement at a time.

2. Take notes.

When you finish a class, try to write down what you learned as soon as possible.

Did your instructor yell at you about something?

Did you see another dancer do something cool?

Did you fix your balance because you moved your body in a certain way?

Take notes, and then review them on a regular basis. It takes some effort, but you’ll be amazed at how much it will help you remember key points and improve your dancing overall.

3. Give yourself a break.

Did you have a terrible class, rehearsal or audition? Don’t worry. We all have good dance days and bad dance days.

Think about what you learned, write it down and then let go of the negativity. After all, you can take a brand new class tomorrow and do a better job.

Stay positive and watch what happens!

You are Improving!

If you take classes regularly and practice on your own, you are improving… even if you feel like you are getting worse!

Dance can be frustrating at times, but don’t let sweat, tears, pain, and negativity get in the way of the learning process.

Continue to work towards your goals. Then, you can truly enjoy the art of dance, improve your technique and become the dancer of your dreams!

For more help, see these dance tips.

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