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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What To Wear to a New Dance Class Without Spending a Lot of Money

What to Wear to Dance Class Find out what kind of dance apparel and dance shoes to wear to your first dance class here.

Feel confident as a dancer

The summer is coming to a close, and it’s time to look at your dance schedule for the fall. If you are new to dance, you are probably excited about your future training… and a little bit nervous.

How can you deal with this excitement and nervousness?

Figure out what you are going to wear to dance class in advance.

This will remove one of your stressors and help you feel more confident in class. Plus, you won’t have to worry about what you’re wearing, and you can concentrate on your training. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

1. Call the studio.

Simple. Call the studio and ask the instructor what students wear to class. They may have a specific dress code so be sure to find out. And if you need something that you can’t afford, ask if they know of any students who have used shoes or used clothes you can have. They may even have some items for you in the lost and found!

2. Visit the studio or go online.

If you really want a good idea of what the students where to the dance classes you are going to take, visit the studio and look at what the dancers are wearing. Most studios have a waiting area where you can watch the classes. Not only will you be able to see the dance techniques you’ll be taught, but you can also see first-hand what the other students are wearing.

Also go to the dance studio’s website. Many times, the studios will post videos of their studio and dancers. In the videos, you’ll be able to see what the other students are wearing.

3. Visit a thrift shop, look online or call other studios.

If you know you need a certain outfit for dance class but have limited funds, visit your local thrift shops. Many times, you’ll find used dance shoes and almost new, workout clothes. The best part is, you won’t pay much, and it doesn’t really matter because you’ll just be working out in the clothes and shoes anyway!

Another way to find used dance shoes and clothing is to look online. Search for the kind of shoes and clothing you need on eBay or Amazon and see if you can’t find used or almost new clothes and shoes in your size and within your budget. If that doesn’t work, call all of the dance studios in your area and ask if they have any used dance shoes you can buy. Also ask if they have recommendations about where you can get affordable, dance clothes.

Cool Dance Clothes and Shoes are Waiting For You

Starting a new dance class can be exciting, but it can also be expensive. To cut down on your nerves, prepare what you are going to wear in advance. Also, look for clothes and shoes you can afford. Make the effort to contact the dance studio and look online for bargains. This way, you’ll find some great outfits and dance shoes to wear to class without ruining your budget. And most important, you’ll fee more confident as you start your new dance classes.

What do you wear to dance class that you love? Share your thoughts below.

And for more help on this topic, see “What to Wear to Dance Class” here.



A Cheat Sheet to Beat Dance Frustration

Are you Frustrated with Dance?

If you’re like me, it can be easy to get frustrated in dance class. Sometimes, you work really hard to perfect a dance move, but it seems like you are actually getting worse in the process! When this happens, try to turn your frustration into something positive.

Here’s a Frustration Cheat Sheet for Help:

F Fun! Don’t forget that dance is supposed to be something you enjoy doing!
R Relax The world is not going to end if you can’t get this particular move. Take a moment.
De-stress, and then start practicing again.
U Unite Are other dancers around you frustrated too? Unite with them to help each other out. Go over your frustrating moves together so you can all feel better about what you’re doing and improve.
S Share If you feel like screaming when you get home from rehearsal, punch a pillow and scream! Then, share your frustrations with a friend or family member. You’ll feel better about what you’re doing and be able to calm down a bit so you can move forward.
T Take a break. If you work on one particular dance move for a long time, take a break. Get a drink of water. Go outside. Eat a snack. Let your mind wander, and give your body some time off. Then, you’ll be ready to go back into the studio and try again.
R Rest Maybe you’ve been working too hard all day, and it’s time to stop already. Go home. Get some sleep, and start over again the next day refreshed and ready to go!
A Allow yourself to learn. Don’t get so caught up in not getting a particular dance step that you don’t learn in the process. Allow yourself to make mistakes and learn from them.
T Take notes. If you can’t seem to get a particular dance step, take notes. Make a video of yourself doing the moves, have a friend critique you and write down how you can improve.
I Imagine Think about yourself doing the steps perfectly in your head. The mental image will help you dance better and keep you in a positive mindset.
O Own it! Take control of your body and fail miserably. Dance big, and own the choreography. This way, you, and others, will see what you need to fix. Then, fix it and own your dance moves!
N Never give up! Keep trying. Work through your frustration and keep dancing. If you keep practicing, one day, you will just get it…. I promise!

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Are You Better Than Your Dance Instructor?

Have you ever taken a new class only to find out that your dance teacher does not have as much experience as you do? Or, maybe you’ve heard other students complain about an instructor?

When this happens, here’s why you should do:

  • Take the class and get the most out of it you possibly can.

You fought traffic and took the time to get there so why not make the most of it? Pick some things to work on during class, and try to perfect your technique. Even if the instructor is not very good, you can still use this opportunity to work on your craft.

  • Keep quiet.

Whatever you do, don’t bad mouth the instructor to other dancers… or talk back to the instructor. If you are really better than the instructor, he or she will know. And if you talk about the teacher to other dancers, whatever you say will get back to that person.

This can put you in an uncomfortable situation and give you a negative reputation at the studio. No matter what’s going through your head, stay quiet and be polite!

  • Stay positive.

You may start to get frustrated when your teacher is having a difficult time with one pirouette when you can do triples. And it can be difficult to watch an instructor with bad technique teach others.

When taking a class like this, maintain a positive attitude. You can always learn something in every class you take. If the instructor doesn’t look right when she dances, ask yourself why… then don’t do that particular thing.

Keep Training.

When you finish your new dance class, thank the instructor and move on. If you had better dance technique than this instructor, this is not the time to get a big head. You just need to attend another dance class that is more advanced (and will put you in your place!).

If you move to a new location or are looking for a new instructor, you will probably end up in a class that doesn’t fit your skill level. Learn everything you possibly can in that class and stay positive. Then, find a new class. It just means that you are moving forward as a dancer.

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Dance 10…. Looks?

How Important Is Your Appearance in Dance?

You’ve probably all seen “A Chorus Line,” and heard the famous song, “Dance 10, Looks 3.” But just how true is that song in the world of dance?

Well, if you saw “So You Think You Can Dance” this season, you know that there were some absolutely beautiful women on the program. However, the woman who won the contest overall was not the best looking one there. She was an incredible dancer who looked wonderful when she danced, and she had a great personality. (And she was actually my pick to be the winner from the very beginning…)

With this in mind, stop thinking about how you look as a dancer. Instead, focus on the following:

Practice. Practice. Practice. The only way you are going to become a good dancer is by spending hours at the dance studio in class, working on your own problem areas outside of class and focusing on your training. If you perfect your dance technique, you will get work as a dancer… no matter how you look!

  • Get In Shape!

No matter what your body type is, you can find work as a dancer. The key is to be in the best physical condition you can be in. If you need to build strength, trim your waistline and increase stamina, do what you need to make it happen (in a responsible way). You want to be the best “you” possible!

  • Don’t Worry About Others.

Sometimes, we worry so much about the way we look compared to others, that we don’t do our best at an audition. You’ve got to let go of that. Focus on your dance technique and appearing the best way you can. Work on your performance qualities, and have a positive personality.

You Don’t Have to Be a 10!

When it comes to being a successful dancer, you don’t need to be a 10 when it comes to looks. But you do need to work on being a 10 in dance. As long as you have great dance technique, are in good, physical shape and focus on your dance performance, you will beat out the competition for dance jobs… so stop worrying and start doing!

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