All of us have dance goals. But the difference between those of us who get what we want and those who stay wishing are our actions.

The path to making them a reality will most likely be bumpy and require a lot of impromptu sub-goals along the way.

But knowing your direction and working towards something you want will give your actions a sense of purpose, and force you to stay resilient.

#goals isn’t just a trending hashtag. It’s for real.

Keep reading to see how you can achieve your dance goals.

Ready, set, go-al! 

Set and achieve your dance goals

1. Meditate on what fulfills you a dancer

There is a difference between something you’re mildly interested in and something you’re die-hard passionate about. Something you’d fight for.

Before you think about setting a dance goal, ask yourself: What do I LIKE?

What were the specific events in the past that made you think “Yeah, this is it, this is what dance / my life’s supposed to be about.”

Study what made you feel that way.

Does choreographing get your heart pumping? Is it the act of creation that makes you happy?

Read: 15 Choreography Tips To Help You Make Your Best Pieces

Do you enjoy telling stories or sending a message through dance?

Or do you love teaching and watching your students improve?

Read: The Difference Between Good Dance Teachers And GREAT Dance Teachers

Are you interested in competition planning?

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Do you enjoy writing and want to submit articles to Jessie?!? ([email protected] 😉)

Whatever it is, that love is your why. It’s the thing that you’ll sacrifice for, the thing that’ll keep you on track when things get tough.

Once you understand your “why”…

 

2. Set one specific, long term, first-tier dance goal

A good dance goal is S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

It needs to articulate the who, what, when, wheres- the details.

Example 1: “My goal is to: have shot my first full-blown contemporary x hip hop concept video on (theme) with (cast) by the end of 2018.”

Example 2: “My goal is to: train in Popping techniques, get comfortable freestyling, and enter my first battle in March, 2019.”

All these dance goals are different, but include all aspects of “S.M.A.R.T.”

Drafting a dance goal according to this handy checklist can help summarize the most important parts of your dance goal.

But that’s not all – you gotta set your main dance goal,

 

3. And some short term dance goals

The dance goal is your final destination, but there are a lot of routes you can take.

Short-term dance goals allow you to list and strategize what you need to do before moving on to the next step.

Example 1: “Train and exercise flexibility” / “Save $(specific dollar amount) for costume and production budget.”

Example 2: “1 technique per month, research local Popping sessions.” 

 

4. WRITE your dance goals down!

Everything becomes 10000% more solidified once written down.
You can write down your dance goals in your phone’s notes, your journal, whatever. Heck, make it your screensaver!

Your words should be a constant reminder of the thing you’re doing and why.

Tips in dance goal writing:

a. Make sure it is written in a positive language, such as “introduce yourself to more people in class” instead of “stop being so shy.”

This is you talking to yourself; make sure you speak with an optimistic and hopeful tone.

b. Keep it in a place where you can see it.]

Don’t scribble it onto a Starbucks napkin and throw it away.

I use my planner’s “Notes” page, where I’m continually crossing off or adding new items to my list. I always have my phone on me so I can easily check back to see my progress.

c. (Counterintuitive, but) Don’t tell anyone! Or, don’t tell too many people.

Broadcasting what you want to, or are about to do, can have this pesky psychological effect of making you believe you already did some of the work.

Keep your dance goals, for the most part, private.

After all, it’s YOUR dance goal! You’re aiming for a sense of personal satisfaction, not to have people tell you “Good job.” 

 

5.  Make sure your dance goals can be achieved within a (realistic) timeline

Checkpoints, key performance indicators, whatever you wanna call it – set specific, measurable timelines that’ll make it obvious when you’ve completed something.

Example 1: “To have shot my first full-blown contemporary x hip hop concept video on (theme) with (cast) by the end of 2018.

The BOLDED parts are the deadlines for these specific sub-goals:

– “Finish choreography by October 17th, record for reference”
– “Save x amount of dollars by November 1st
– “Month of November: reserve rehearsal space at Snowflake Eyeglass Studio for Thursdays and Sunday 8 pm -11 pm”

If you’re a more visual person, then lay out all these dates in a monthly calendar so you can have a birds-eye view of your remaining time.

Of course, not everything will go perfectly as planned. That’s why you have to

 

6. Be flexible with and changes and challenges

What Charles Darwin meant by “survival of the fittest” actually means, the “survival of those most adaptable to change.”

We all know that your journey is not going to be perfect. You’ll run into random roadblocks.

That’s why you need to be flexible with your dance goals. Allow for some room for mistakes, for some improvisation.

Being open to whatever gets thrown at you not only takes away some of the pressure, it makes the process a lot more fun!

 

7. Celebrate your accomplishments

What are dance goals if not for the sense of accomplishment and self-worth when they are reached?! Oh, the journey in getting there. But still!

Celebrating what you’ve done is not only well-deserved, but it’s great positive reinforcement.

You now armed with more confidence and the reassurance that you can do anything you put your mind to, so you’re more likely to pursue other #dance goals with more vigor and excitement. Yeah!

 

8. Don’t (ever) stop

To me, the saddest successes are singular ones. When an artist has a one-hit wonder or otherwise produces something amazing then disappears, convinced that no other work will match up to their first.

No! *slaps face* if you keep growing and believing in your abilities, what you make/do will grow along with it.

 

 

So get up, get out, and get on your dance goals TODAY!

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