The Happiness Planner

As we’re at the start of a brand new year, I thought that this might be an appropriate time to share with you all some of the journals and planners I use to keep me on-track, both in my dance life and in my personal life. It’s at this time of year that some of…

Looking Back on 2017

Happy 2018 everyone! This past year has definitely not been the best year for me. There have been a lot of challenges, coupled with what feels like a lack of progress in my life and career. However, besides a general ‘meh’-ness, I have no real reason to complain. I am healthy and safe, surrounded by…

How to Catch Up in Your Dance Training

As you may know, I started my dance training much later than most. I took my first ever ballet lesson just before I turned 15. I danced a few times a week at local schools, and I didn’t start serious ballet training until I was 21. If you’re not sure how huge a difference that…

#wedaretodance; Standing Up for Accessibility in Dance

When I started this blog several years ago, and when I relaunched it recently as Dare to Dance, I had the idea that I wanted to document my dance journey, because I am taking an unusual route into my dance career. I started dancing much later than most, and didn’t begin serious training until adulthood….

Life and Dance Update: May

So, after an incredibly busy period of constantly moving house, as well as many other life changes (detailed in my last post), I am finally settled into a new home and back in classes. Now that I have left my part-time day job in order to pursue dance more seriously, I am enjoying being able…

Grit and Deliberate Practice

I have recently listened to an audiobook called “Grit: the power of passion and perseverance” by Angela Duckworth, which has been so enlightening to me in my dance training and pursuit of my goals, I feel I need to share some of what I have learned. First of all, I highly recommend that you read…

Goal-Setting: The Grid Method

Hi all! Sorry about the slight delay since my last post- I’ve been completing and submitting all of my dance course application forms. I’m starting to get my first audition dates through, so more on that soon! In my last post, which you can check out here if you missed it, I talked about my…

2017 Thoughts

Hello and happy new year! Reflecting on the past year, things have been pretty crazy for me, and not always in a good way. December really culminated in a series of big changes and setbacks- however, I’ve had my time for moping and now it is time to move on and take action. The infrequency…

Things Dancers Can Learn from Olympians

With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in full swing, everyone’s attention is on these extraordinary people who have achieved the unachievable. These are people who have devoted themselves to a goal and reached excellence- seeing people’s dreams coming true as they win medals for their country is surprisingly emotional and incredibly inspiring. I found myself thinking-…

2016

Happy new year! The new year is probably my favourite holiday. I love reflecting on the year that’s passed, and getting excited about what’s to come. I always have big plans for the year ahead, and this year more than ever. I really need to progress in 2016, and I am absolutely determined to get…