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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Dance Costumes Make Fun Memories

If you’ve ever performed in a dance recital, I’m sure you remember the thrill of putting on your costume (and even wearing some make-up) for the first time.

Many of us (you know who you are) still have our dance costumes tucked away in a closet or attic somewhere:just to remember good times or to share with our children at some point.

For me, I remember putting on tights. Ugh! The year-end recital always seemed to be on the hottest day of the year. And without air conditioning, the last thing I wanted to pull on was a thick pair of tights. My poor Mom. She had to hear my whining as I tugged on the tights.

But wait:What is that?

You mean I get to wear a sparkling, pink outfit and feathered hat?! That’s all it took, and I was very happy to put on my costume:with the tights.

Dance Costumes and Your Children

With this in mind, as you prepare for a show, enjoy the experience of wearing a costume. After all, other than Halloween, when do you, or your children, get to wear sequins, feathers, shiny hats, and other, fun attire?

And if you are a dance parent, you are creating memories that will last a lifetime.

But if you want them to be fond memories, here are a few questions to ask to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for you and your child:

What will the Dance Costumes Look Like?

When the dance instructor talks to you about ordering your child’s dance costumes, check to see how they will look before ordering. If it is not appropriate for your child’s age, speak up. For whatever reason, too many instructors order revealing dance costumes that are not right for small children.

There will be plenty of time for these kinds of outfits when the children grow up.

After all, do you want the focus to be on a fun experience for your child or controversy about the dance costumes?

Do You Have Everything?

Before the show, make sure you have all of the pieces for the different, dance costumes your child will be wearing. And I highly suggest you have a practice “dress up”session with your child prior to the rehearsal dates. This way, you can avoid any surprises and help your child get comfortable dancing in the costume(s) before the curtain goes up.

Also, make a checklist and include everything you will need from head to toe. And confirm the time you need to be at the theater and how to get there.

After all, nothing is worse than to arrive at the dressing room late and then find out that you left a simple headband or other, costume piece at home.

Are you making it fun for your child?

By preparing in advance, you will arrive early and reduce your stress levels. Your child will know what he or she is wearing, and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the experience.

Instead of focusing on all the things that can go wrong, meddling or gossiping with other parents and students, stay positive. Have fun getting ready, putting on make-up and doing your child’s hair.

After all, you are there to enjoy the experience with your child:not to live out your “performance dreams”or become an unruly, stage mother or father. Putting on a show with hundreds of children is a LOT of work. And the last thing your dance instructor needs is a nosy parent being where they are not supposed to be.

Simply listen to instructions and be helpful, but don’t get involved where you are not wanted. Remember. The priority is to keep this a fun event that focuses on your child.


Most performers enjoy wearing costumes as part of the dance experience. But putting dance costumes on children for a show can be a lot of work that causes a great deal of stress.

To avoid any unnecessary anxiety, try to prepare in advance and keep a positive attitude. This way, you’ll be more likely to have a fun time with your children and create memorable experiences that will last a lifetime!