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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Reduce Stress with a Simple Word

Well, the year is winding down, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Many people in the U.S. love this holiday because they get time off from work to spend with friends and family, eat lots of good food and get a jumpstart on their holiday shopping.

I love Thanksgiving because of all these reasons, but there’s more to it for me.

Usually, things are crazy at work this time of year, and I spend long hours in front of my computer.

By the time Thanksgiving comes around, I’m usually VERY ready for a break (you can probably relate!). Thanksgiving gives me a time to reflect — and what else? — be thankful.

This may sound hokey, but it really inspires me to move forward with my goals. I note all of the things I’m thankful for in my life, and the stress melts away.

In fact, this works so well that I use this process throughout the year.

Being Thankful Can Help You More Ways Than You Know.

When I start to feel overwhelmed and stressed, I stop and think of ten things I’m thankful for. It helps me focus on what is truly important in my life.

Try it. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your mindset changes.

Suddenly, the frustration in dance class, looming tax payments, big meetings, and more seem less intimidating.

Thanksgiving is a time to thank those in your life who have helped you become the person you are today. It’s also a time to reflect on what’s important in life and all of the things you can be thankful for – and this is a wonderful thing.

So wonderful, in fact, that I think it’s wise to think about Thanksgiving every day. Thank the people around you and be grateful for what you have whenever possible.

This process will help you focus on what’s truly important in your life, help reduce stress, and show others that you appreciate their kindness!

With this in mind, I’d like to thank you for reading this blog.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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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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What is Your Face Doing When You Dance?

When you are dancing, you are usually busy concentrating on your technique, body placement, timing, and other dancers who are performing with you.

But have you ever stopped to think about what your face is doing? You may have a plastered smile on, be frowning or look very serious. And if you look unpleasant, your audience won’t even notice your fabulous dance moves!

To avoid an unhappy expression, here are:

3 Tips to Look Pleasant While Dancing

1. Dance in Character.

If you are playing a part in a show and need to act like a specific character, you’ll want your face to be in character too. This is where your acting ability comes in handy. During rehearsals, ask yourself how your character would feel during a particular dance number. Would he or she be happy, sad, joyous, jealous, angry, etc.? How does your character react to other characters in the show?

Really think about the character you are playing before you dance. Then, be that character when you are dancing, facial expressions and all.

2. Try to relax.

Dance is not easy, and there is a lot to think about. Spend your rehearsal time perfecting your movements and know the choreography backwards and forwards. Then, you’ll probably be less nervous when it’s time to perform and have a more natural look on your face.

If you don’t have a lot of time to learn new dance movements prior to a performance, try to remember to look pleasant when the curtain goes up. That way, if you make a mistake, the audience will be looking at your smile and not your botched dance moves!

3. Enjoy it.

When it’s time to perform, think of how lucky you are to be a dancer and have this experience. You may be nervous, but you get to dance:and others would love to be in your shoes at this very moment.

While you do need to think about the choreography and timing, you also need to enjoy yourself. After all, you are performing, and isn’t that why you got into dance in the first place?

You are a Dancer.

Dancing is full of all kinds of emotions, and often, it can be very difficult to be a dancer. But part of being a professional dancer is overcoming the challenges and giving a great performance, no matter what. So the next time you give a performance, don’t forget your face. You want to look natural, in character and pleasant. This way, the audience will enjoy your performance instead of focusing on your facial expressions. Plus, they’ll see how much you love to dance too!

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How to Prepare for Dance Academies, Auditions

If you are serious about dance and want to be part of an academy, it’s important
to prepare as far in advance as possible to increase your chances of getting into
the school of your choice. 

With this in mind, here are three tips
to help you prepare for the dance academies auditions:

1. Â Â Â  Research.

To start, conduct research online and ask your instructors about
the various academies available for your future goals.

Then, read about the different schools online or call and ask for
additional information. Find out about their policies and audition
deadlines, and ask yourself a few questions: 

  • Which academy is right for you?
  • What kind of dancers do they want?
  • Do they take dancers at your level, or do you have a lot of work to do?
  • Do they offer scholarships?
  • When are the dance academy auditions and what do they entail?
  • What are their deadlines and rules?

 By conducting research first, you will know exactly where you want to attend and
what you need to do to get ready for the various, dance academies auditions. 

2. Â Â Â  Prepare.

Once you know which academies you want to attend, create
a list of all your questions. Then, try to visit in advance, contact
current students or graduates, and watch their performances. 

If this is not possible, call the school to get more information. Look
for videos of their dancers online. Try to find out what kind of dance
styles they focus on, and look for specific steps they perform often.

This way, you’ll know what dance movements you need to practice. And
if you need to choreograph a piece for an audition, you can implement
some of these movements into your dance.

Next, create a timeline. Write down all of the things you need to do
to get into the various academies along with deadlines for each activity.

Then, you’ll have plenty of time to prepare any applications,
choreograph audition pieces, and most important, practice!

3. Â Â Â  Think Positive.

At this point, you’ve done your research, sent in a phenomenal
application and practiced for months. Now, it’s time for your
audition. You may be a little nervous, and that’s a good thing.

You can use this energy to give a better performance. After all,
you’ve done everything you can to prepare for your
audition. Now, you just need to listen carefully to the instructor
at the audition, follow directions, and let muscle memory take over.

And don’t forget to have a positive attitude and smile! It can be a
very important part of winning your audition.

Go for It!

When it’s all over with, don’t sweat it. If you are supposed to be part
of a specific academy, it will happen. If not, please don’t get
discouraged. There are many ways to have a career as a dancer, and
you may just need to take a different path to get there.

Now, if you get into the academy of your dreams, congratulations!
But remember, your work has just begun!

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