Spring is here, and that means spring fever is not far behind.
As we head deeper into competition season and approach the warmer months, it may be challenging to stay motivated. Here are some tips to help you stay focused on dance and upcoming performances.
Find a new challenge.
If you are feeling unmotivated or uninspired, try something new! There are many different dance styles, so why not explore them? Take a class in another style or pick up some new moves from YouTube tutorials. Learning something new will help you stay sharp while also giving you an extra boost of motivation.
Set small goals.
Most dancers have big dreams, but these can be hard to achieve all at once. Instead of trying to do everything at once, set small goals to help you gradually reach your larger objectives over time. For instance, if you want to improve your leaps by 10%, break that goal into smaller steps, such as focusing on one particular leap every week and improving its technique before moving on to another the following week.
Take time each day for reflection and mindfulness practice to reconnect with your body and mind after a long competition season. Sitting still in silence for five minutes each day can profoundly affect your mental health and well-being, helping you stay grounded and focused on what matters in life—including your dancing!
PROTIP: Yoga is a great physical and mental tool for dancers!
During the break, stretch and stay active each day. Set aside time for physical activity whenever possible, even if just walking around the block or doing yoga at home. You should also stay mentally active by reading books about dance or watching dance-related movies; this will help keep those creative juices flowing.
Celebrate your achievements.
Take time each day to celebrate your wins instead of dwelling on what didn’t go according to plan. This will give you more energy and motivation going into next season’s rehearsals, knowing how much progress has been made already!
Sign up for camps and intensives.
As we approach summer, start looking into some workshops, camps, or private lessons to help keep your dance technique fresh. Dance workshops, intensives, clinics, and camps are great opportunities to try new styles and push yourself out of your comfort zone.
Staying motivated is essential if we want to continue making progress as dancers. By setting small goals, practicing mindfulness techniques regularly, staying physically and mentally active through various dance-related activities, and celebrating our successes, we can easily maintain our enthusiasm and love for dance. Keep pushing forward and challenging yourself because extraordinary things always come from hard work & dedication!