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Episode Info:   How to ACTUALLY improve your dancing this year When I was in high school, I set myself a completely unrealistic New Year’s Resolution: exercise, shower and shave my legs, do a full Friends-style blowout, apply a full face of makeup, and put together the perfect outfit. (I think maybe I saw Clueless a few too many times…)   When I added up the time it took to do all that, I realized I’d have to wake up three hours earlier. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. But it taught me a lot about why New Years Resolutions fail, and how we can reach our dance goals anyway… Listen now: ONE CORRECTION: I was mistaken about the Arabic for English speakers course on Duolingo. That project is in progress, not actually available yet. But the Turkish course is great! Or Read the Transcript... In 1996 when I was in high school, I set myself some New Year’s resolutions. I decided that I was going to exercise every morning. Maybe I would do Cindy Crawford’s workout, or Buns of Steel, or my mom’s Jane Fonda VHS tapes. Then I would shower, and shave, and wash my hair every day. Then I would style my hair, and I don’t mean just giving it a good brush out and dry. I mean that full 45 minute round brush technique that became popular with those layered Friends haircuts. Then I would do full makeup, and I would put together the perfect outfit for school. And you know what? I didn’t even do that once. The new year feels like a fresh start, and so it’s a very natural time to decide that we’re going to do better. And yet, even though most people make new year’s resolutions, almost nobody actually keeps them. Maybe you stick with it for a few weeks, more likely just a few days, or maybe you’re like me in 1996, you don’t even do it once. So why do our resolutions tend to fail? Well, I think the biggest thing is that we tend to choose them out of fear, not of love. So we end up resolving to take care of our shoulds, not our actual wants. In my case, I didn’t actually want to have perfectly done hair, an amazing outfit and fabulous makeup every day. I made that resolution because I felt like I didn’t look good enough. Another issue is that we tend to bite off more than we can chew. When I actually tallied up how much time it would take to do that entire routine, I would have to wake up three hours earlier in the morning, that was not even remotely practical. And yet, there is a lot of value in that fresh start resolution, especially for us as dancers, because we need to practice and we need to build our skills. How can we set a resolution we can actually stick with? Well first, remember that the most important thing is that it’s a true want, and not a should. So when you’re considering a dance based resolution, do a gut check. Is this about fixing something that’s wrong and bad in your dance, or is it something that you’re excited about because you want to do better, and because you love it? This really matters. The th...
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