How to Set–and Achieve–Your Dance and Fitness Goals
Tanya Trombly is a dancer and professional trainer (photo by Rachel Neville, courtesy Trombly)
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."
Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.
This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!
After a string of ballet-company rejections, Jennifer Sydor (here in Laura Peterson's "Failure") found success in other areas of the dance world. (Stephen Delas Heras, courtesy Jennifer Sydor)
In her senior year at Butler University, Jennifer Sydor auditioned for more than a dozen regional ballet companies—and got a string of "no, thank you" responses. "I have an athletic build, and my movement quality isn't the typical ballet aesthetic," Sydor says. "But I'd been laser-focused on ballet. When I didn't get a ballet contract, I was heartbroken."
Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.
In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.
Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk as Kitri (Luke Isley, courtesy Ballet West)
Guess who's baaaaack?! Your resident Dance Spirit astrologers! And on the eve of the Youth America Grand Prix awards ceremony, we thought it was the perfect time to pair each zodiac sign with a variation commonly seen during the competition. After many painstaking hours spent researching, consulting the stars, and staring wistfully into the sky, we compiled our data and present you with the definitive list of each star sign as a YAGP variation! As we said last time, don't @ us if you're not happy with your pairing—the stars don't lie, baby!