When one year ends, another begins. For some this is the time to reflect on the past, and plan for the future. The same can apply for dancers. It’s important to teach young dancers how to set and attain goals. New Year resolutions are a perfect way to set new goals as a dancer. Whether it be something as simple as working harder in classes, or a more direct goal of mastering a technical skill, the new year is a perfect time to set new goals.

    It is a proven fact, that those who write down their goals have a greater chance of reaching them. I encourage all dancers no matter how old to write down the goals they want to accomplish in the next year. A few months into the new year, check back with those goals written down. If you are able to check them off, replace them with a new goal to remind you to always continue to grow and improve. The New Year usually starts back up after winter break when everyone has shared in the love of the holiday season and some well deserved down time. Even dancers need a break every now and then. Come back to dance with a new attitude and appreciation for the art and be ready to get to work. Just remember, not all goals are accomplished, so don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t happen right away, or if another dancer reaches the same goal as you sooner. Everyone is capable of reaching their ultimate goal, as long as you never give up.

“Winners never quit. Quitters never win.” - Vince Lombardi

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” - Albert Einstein

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” - Babe Ruth

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising every time we fall.” - Confucius

Paige Melanson