Goals how to improve your ballet technique and focus…without going to class!

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!

How to set your goals as a ballet dancer!

Class is not always the key to improvement. Surprising but wise words 🙂

 In any endeavor for work or study, GOALS are essential.
Write down your goals!
Write down your goals!

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.

Real dates~

Possible scenarios:

  • 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.

Share your goals with a friend!
Share your goals with a friend!
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:
  • Flexibility
  • Alignment
  • Strength
  • 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.”

Martha Graham


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.

Dance Smart, Dance Long!
Dance Smart, Dance Long!

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

Excerpt below is from this website

The difference in results between:

  • No plan
  • Plan in your head
  • Written down plan
is significant

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.

Write it down!
Write it down!

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4 thoughts on “Goals how to improve your ballet technique and focus…without going to class!

  1. I love this idea of setting goals with small increments, especially for my older dancers. They can get frustrated with something they aren’t great at. Dividing up the goal into smaller ones and looking at how they have improved can keep them motivated.

  2. Yes, it is difficult to see improvement on yourself and as a teacher too, I notice that I just don’t say the correction anymore. Then it dons on me!! The student has fixed it successfully. Hooray 🙂 But yes, goals in dance are just as important to segment as in business!

  3. One of my goals for 2017 is to become more flexible, but I’ve tried everything, and I stretch as much as possible, but I cant get any more flexible. I’m the only girl in my ballet class who cant do the splits, or a penche. Part of the reason I cant do penches is because I cant get my hands flat on the ground, because I have REALLY long legs. Sorry if I’m venting and annoying you to much, but can you please give me some tips?

  4. HI Tryphena,
    Sometimes dancers think that there are arms are too short and the legs too long to touch the floor. It is not actually the case 🙂
    Your hamstrings are the opposite muscle to your quads and split at the back of your knees. You need to stretch them first in order to attempt a penché. Try this easy stretch and see if it helps! https://theaccidentalartist.me/want-an-easy-to-hamstring-stretch/ There are a few other muscles to stretch for the splits, but start with your hamstrings. Best of luck!

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