I AM SO DONE

I have had somewhat of a revelation. I have been reflecting on the past academic year, and thinking about my plans and goals for the academic year just starting. This year didn’t go to plan for me. I spent the first two-thirds of the year working really hard towards the goal of getting on to…

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…

Does social media help or hinder young aspiring dancers?

I enjoy social media; most of my generation do, and those younger than me seem to like and use it even more. It is a great way to stay in touch with friends, make new ones and get inspiration. However, there’s no denying it’s a big distraction. With the progression of technology, we can now…

Self- Care Tips for Dancers

  Dance is incredibly demanding, especially at a serious level. As dancers, we not only give an incredible amount of mental and physical energy to what we do, but what we do also informs the rest of our lives. You can’t keep dance and life separate, because when you dance, it IS your life. When…

#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…

18 Things to Start Doing Today to Make You a Better Dancer

Hi there! I’m sorry that this is my first post this month, I’m currently smack-bang in the middle of my audition season, and I’ve never been so busy! I’ve had 3 auditions so far (one earlier today!) and I’m starting to get in the swing of it; I’ve got about 5 left, depending on call-backs….

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…

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-…

Kikki.K Stationery Review

If you’ve been reading my blog a while, it’s probably evident from my previous favourites and my post about The Dancer’s Journal that I am really into my stationery! I am addicted to buying and using nice stationery, and I find it impossible to walk past a Paperchase. Recently , however, I especially love anything that is…