When the clock strikes midnight—in whichever time zone you find yourself in this year—we’ll officially usher in 2016. And a new calendar year means a fresh start. A time to learn from the past, live in the present, and build toward the future.
New Year’s Resolutions can be daunting, but they can also be super productive and ultimately rewarding. Here are the 10 resolutions every dancer can benefit from making—and committing to!
1. Get bendier. Flexibility is key for dancers. Make sure you’re equally bendy on both sides. Ambidextrous dancers are the ones who get the most jobs!
2. Get stronger. Lift weights. Do squats. Hold planks during commercial breaks. Little things every day add up to major gains.
3. Chill. Give yourself a break. Let yourself relax. Get a massage. Life can be stressful. Make sure you take time for yourself.
4. Pick one move and stick it. It could be the perfect plié or a series of 19 pirouettes. Instead of aiming to nail 10 different tricks or techniques, pick one and really hone in on it.
5. Get out of your comfort zone. Maybe that means attempting a tap solo instead of your usual contemporary, or perhaps consider auditioning for the school musical or dance team. Nothing exceptionally rewarding ever came from staying within your comfort zone!
7. Figure out your signature style. Are you a black leo and pink tights lady or a matching crop-top-and-booty-shorts kinda girl? Try stuff on, experiment, and lock down your look. This will come in handy at auditions! Which brings us to…
8. Audition! Try out for something. Anything. Even if you don’t really want the gig. Auditions are great practice and wonderful learning experiences.
9. Don’t be so hard on yourself. See #3. Proceed calmly.
Happy New Year!