It’s the start of a new decade! We have officially stepped into the year 2020, and wow! We have so much to look forward to. And what better way to set the tone for the year than to start writing your new year resolutions, specifically your new year dance resolutions!
The new year is a great opportunity to reflect on what you want, and especially what you don’t want. It’s a time to reset and plan on where you want to focus your time and effort in dance.
So to start off the new year right, here are 6 new year dance resolutions for this year and tips on how you can achieve them!
1. Listen to your body
You’ve just returned from a long dance break over the holidays. The most important thing you can do for your body is to know when to not overdo.
Take your time to get back into the groove of it. Set your goals during that class or rehearsal and push your limits. But if you experience pain, it means your body is telling you to rest.
Remember that this is your way of being responsible for taking care of your body and your dance training. Don’t be afraid to tell your dance teacher about it too so that they can help you.
2. Work on that ‘bad side’
This resolution may sound redundant but really… how many of us actually practice on our ‘bad side’ consistently for long term?
For those that do, kudos to you!
For those that don’t, you’re not alone. And what better time than to start this new year!
Working on both sides is essential to maintain a balance with your dance technique. If your right leg is stronger, start practicing on your left leg.
3. Be mindful of eating the right food for your body
As the saying goes, “You are what you eat.”
Having a busy schedule of dance classes and back-to-back rehearsals can be very taxing on a dancer’s body. Dancers need all the essential nutrients that can help drive the body it’s best shape and energy.
In this new year, try experimenting with your meals! Start eating foods that can satisfy you physically and emotionally to power through the hours. If you find yourself constantly having sore muscles and you don’t have enough recovery time, here’s a list of foods you should eat to relieve sore muscles: 4 Nutrients To Relieve Muscle Soreness And Recover Faster
4. Explore more dance
It is time to go out there and explore the whole big world of dance has to offer!
It could be taking classes of a new dance style you’ve never tried, or watching more dance performances of other dance styles. As much as dance training is important, being exposed to dance is equally crucial and beneficial to your training.
Also, you’ll be doing a great support to the dance community by coming to watch and enjoy what others are doing.
5. It’s okay to let go and let loose
As a dancer, you want to strive for your goals. You want to nail that turn, hit that position, and lift that leg higher. You work hard to be the first to get the choreography in class. Basically, your will always have a constant drive to be better.
Aligning and striving towards your goal is great, but be careful not to start being obsessed of striving for perfection. Sometimes it’s okay to let go, let loose, and groovy!
Fall back into your first love of dancing. It could be because dancing makes you happy, or dancing helps you express yourself when nothing else can. Find your ‘why’ in dancing, hold on to it, and just enjoy dance because of it.
Checking Them Off!
By reviewing on these, you’ll know exactly where you want to focus on in terms of dance this year. Try writing these new year dance resolutions down and live them out this year!
Once again, Happy New Year! And here’s to a year of non-stop fun dancing!
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