9 Goals Every Dancer Should Set in 2019

2019 is here, you guys! And we know you all want to accomplish a LOT in the next 12 months. Here are 9 goals every dancer should set out to reach this year.


Meet Your Dance Idol 

Whether it's Travis Wall or Melanie Moore, shoot your shot and try to meet that artist you're obsessed with! Send them a DM or an email, tell them how much you love them and why, and see where it goes from there. Cheers to our future mentors!

Try a New Dance Class

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Always wanted to try salsa? Curious about ballroom? This year, make it a goal to test out at least one new style. A more diverse dancer is a better dancer!

Establish a Self-Care Routine

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We all need to take better care of ourselves and our dancer bodies. Let's make that a priority in 2019.

Stretch Every Day 

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Yes, even Sundays. Your extensions will thank you.

Learn a New Trick

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Push your limits and add a truly difficult, truly impressive virtuoso move to your repertoire.

Try Acting

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Even if you have no desire to be an actor! Taking an acting class will help your dancing tremendously.

Go Out for a Musical

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Especially a dance-heavy one! Yes, we know your schedule is already crazy, but trust us: It's worth it.

Track Your Sleeping

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With so much to do, dancers always fall behind on sleep. This year, make it a goal to track your sleeping hours to make sure you're energized and refreshed every day.

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