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.

Take the Perfect Tilt Picture

Let's be real: We all want it.

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To get you started on your TikTok journey, Dance Spirit rounded up seven of the best dances for you to learn. And when you're ready to share the fruits of your TikTok labors, be sure to tag us @dancespiritmagazine—we'll repost some of our faves!

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

Margaret

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