How to Set–and Achieve–Your Dance and Fitness Goals for 2018
It's almost the new year, which means resolution-making will be a "thing" for at least the next week. And while making goals (especially fitness-related ones) is an important part of progressing as a dancer, more times than not, New Year's resolutions end up as forgotten promises.
But resolutions don't always have to result in guilt and disappointment. We talked with Tanya Trombly, a professional trainer and freelance ballerina, to find out how you can make and keep your dance and fitness goals this year.
Tailor Your Goals to Life Events
Rather than setting a few goals for the whole year, Trombly likes to make fitness goals that are connected to specific events. Be it a photo shoot or a ballet performance, Trombly says she'll set certain fitness goals that are particular to each occasion. By modifying your goals to fit your life, you'll be more likely to actually accomplish them.
Set Short-Term Goals
"I tend to do periodization goal setting, which involves smaller goals throughout the year," Trombly says. "I'll generally have weekly or daily goals, which are more immediate." These help her keep an eye on the prize, and ensure a constant effort towards progress. Then, Trombly will set longer-term goals over three- or four-month periods. The value of short-term goal setting is that there's an end in sight. "Rather than working on a daunting goal that's 12 months away from being attained, you have a more immediate possibility of improving, which can help you stay motivated," she says.
Be Flexible with Your Goal Making
Sometimes we get so set on a specific goal that we lose sight of the big picture. Being flexible with yourself and the goals you've set allows you to focus on your larger dreams. "If you're working towards a certain goal and something comes up and you need to shift your focus, give yourself that opportunity," Trombly says. "Fitness and dance goals are all about your body, so you need to listen to it."
Get in, losers. We're going to Broadway.
OK, not losers, actually—more like the bajillion die-hard fans of Tina Fey's 2004 cult hit Mean Girls, who've been wearing pink every Wednesday since a musical adaptation of the film was first teased back in 2013.
Now their world is like a cake filled with rainbows and smiles, because Mean Girls the musical, which had a trial run in Washington, DC, last fall, is set to open at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre April 8. And in a very grool twist, it turns out the show—with direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw and a book by Fey herself—is delightfully dancey.
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