No matter how you feel about New Year’s resolutions, goal setting is imperative in any field. Measuring your progress and reaching for improvement keeps you inspired and focused. At Bluffton School of Dance, we LOVE seeing our dancers set goals, no matter what age. Sitting down with your child to figure out which goals make sense can be a fun way to start this year!
We’ve made setting dance goals with your kiddo simple and straightforward with the following guide:
- Short and long-term goals
It’s easy to hit a plateau or lose interest if goals are unrealistic or too far down the road. Talk with your dancer about separating goals into short and long-term categories. This gives your child a chance to celebrate little victories like mastering their left pirouettes or nailing a challenging combination. Long-term goals should be loftier and more time consuming like working towards their center splits or moving up a level in classes. Think S.M.A.R.T. when setting these goals! Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
- Shout it from the rooftops!
Encourage your dancer to write their short and long-term goals down. Whether they track their progress through journaling or they have a visual reminder by their bedside, these goals should be seen and heard every day. Have your kiddo share their goals with other family members or friends to hold them accountable and keep them motivated.
- Ask for help
Maybe your child can’t think of any goals. That’s where we step in, #thelimegreenlegends! Encourage your little one to talk with their teacher after class about setting their dance goals. We see your child in class every week and know first-hand what steps or concepts they struggle with. We’ll offer suggestions and maybe even recommend adding a class or style to take your dancer’s training to the next level.
There’s still time to add a class to your schedule!
- Dance for YOU!
Last but certainly not least, remind your child that they should embrace who they are and dance for themselves. They will shine brighter when they embrace what they have to offer as a student and performer. That’s what makes them so special! Goals are important, but loving yourself is first.
We hope setting dance goals with your kiddo is a fun exercise that further inspires and encourages a strong work ethic in and outside the studio. Having deep ambitions transcends into a life of intention and purpose. BSOD is so much more than just a place for your child to take class, through dance we instill confidence, courage, and community. We love our #limegreenfamilyvalues! Happy New Year and enjoy setting (and accomplishing) those goals!