How to improve your ballet technique and focus…
without going to class!
No, I am not crazy but I am a ballet teacher. No snarky comments please! One word~ GOALS!
Class is not always the key to improvement. Surprising but wise words 🙂
In any endeavor for work or study, GOALS are essential.
Document your goals!
Goals can be short term and long term.
Start with the short term goals and “map” them out into time segments. Spread them out over the next 10 months. It is not only logical, but rewarding to look back to view your improvement!
Set dates to achieve these goals or a check-in date.
- In three weeks: I will work on those turns for a variation in “Nutcracker”. Auditions are coming up!
- or–in two weeks, I want to get through every jump combination with pointing my feet and not stopping.
- Midyear: My goal is to get en pointe by January.
- Year round new habit: stay after class for ten minutes to work on ballet conditioning. Or arrive early for same purpose.
- End of school year: check in on my short term goals and see what I achieved.
- Guess what: assess and make a new goal list, but first pat yourself on the back 🙂
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How can I track my goals?
The first step is to write down your goals. The body remembers by doing. So by making notes on everything you do in class, you will increase memory and intellect.
Second step is to share them with someone. If you are studying ballet, I recommend sharing them with your instructor. It is also fun to share them with a friend. Perhaps you can stay after class and work on of them together.
If you write down your goals & share them with someone, you will achieve your goals. Give them a "ring"!
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Goals can be physical or mental.
Physical can be broken into:
- Injury prevention
- Relates to steps (more pirouettes, higher jumps, higher extensions etc.)
Mental can be separated into:
- Focus, clarity or vision. Just making a goal brings focus.
- Focus applies to class. Do you give your full attention to the teacher? Do you challenge yourself to pick up combinations and choreography faster?
- Mental segues into emotional nuances and artistry.
- What do you feel when you hear the music? How does that transfer into the movement, the pose? Does it say something to the audience?
- Think about how you can be the character and not yourself being the character. (A Method acting approach).
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.”
Lastly, remember that comparing yourself to others is not relevant . Be selfish and keep the focus on your growth and goals. Technique is not a race with a delineated finish line as in a race. Sure, you may wish to attain a certain part, but ballet is an art and difficult to measure success.
It is subjective.
So enjoy the ride and reach for the stars by being specific with your direction! Learn from the corporate world how to get organized to move towards your goals.
Just Google “goal setting” and you will come up with a zillion pages that document the success rate of people who set goals in writing! Here is one:
Goal setting facts
The difference in results between:
- No plan
- Plan in your head
- Written down plan
A Harvard Business study revealed remarkable statistics relating to goal setting and success.
- 83% of the population does not have goals
- 14% have a plan in mind, but are unwritten goals
- 3% have goals written down
The study found that the 14% who have goals are 10 times more successful than those without goals. The 3% with written goals are 3 times more successful than the 14% with unwritten goals.
Set Goals - Goals create structure in life and only through proper structure can you increase intelligence.
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