It's a brand new year. I'm still not quite sure where 2016 went to be honest but here is 2017 in all it's glory.
Have you made a new years resolution? What is it? Go on.... tell. OK you don't have to.
Here's a few you could make in case you're lacking in ideas-
Learn a new ballet bun
I love this one from makeup.com. I'm not great with hair but this is quite simple and looks beautiful.
Take care of your feet
As a dancer you are nearly always on your feet. It's no wonder that they can ache and throb at the end of the day. Take some time out once or twice a month to give them a good soak, take off some dry skin and cut those toenails down. Make sure your shoes fit correctly too. If they are too worn they may not be giving you support you need which could lead to problems with knees, hips and back. If they are too small or big that can just be plain painful.
Clean out your dance bag
We've all been there, you stumble in from dance exhausted after a long day and leave your sweaty clothes, shoes in your bag along with a half eaten banana and forget about it until your next class. Take 10 minutes and empty everything out of your bag, give it a good wipe inside with an anti-bacterial wipe and put in only the things you need. I'm sure you'll find it's not only lighter but better smelling and no doubt you'll find all of those hair clips and safety pins you lost at the last show. If it's beyond repair, we have 10% off bags here at Pink Pointes in January so pop by and get a new one.
Do you have a goal of what you want to do by the end of the year, or the next show? Maybe you really want that solo but your teacher says not yet or you want to get into your splits. Write it down and pin it up somewhere where you will see it everyday. Studies have shown writing down your goal means you are more likely to work on it. I make mine an alarm on my diary so I remember to do it each day when it goes off.
Work on your skills as a dancer
You may hate it when your teacher corrects you in class but honestly, its a good thing, it means they were watching YOU out of the 20 of so other people in the room, you caught their eye. One of the best pieces of advice I got was to write down everything my teacher corrected me on so I could remind myself before class the next week and work on improving it. Try it. You'll be a better dancer because of it and your teacher will thank you as they don't need to keep correcting the same thing week in week out.
Good luck whatever your New Year's resolution is! Let us know how you get on.