Days are getting shorter and back-to-school ads are in full swing… you know what that means, dancers. It’s August, and it’s almost time to begin a new year! Preparing for the start of another year can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help. Read through the tips below so you can make the most of this last month of summer vacation.
1) Don’t Lose What You’ve Learned
Did you spend time over the past few months training at an intensive program? Make sure you write down what you learned this summer while it is still fresh in your mind. Whether it’s individual corrections from teachers, strengthening exercises or a favorite combination, writing it all down will allow you to look back during the school year and reference what you learned.
2) Prepare Your Body
Jumping back into a full schedule of dance classes can be challenging, so now is the time to prepare your body. Cardiovascular exercises such as swimming, biking and brisk walks a few times per week will build up your stamina (and you’ll get to soak up some more summer sun!). Additionally, working a few minutes of stretching into your daily routine will help reduce muscle soreness once the year begins.
3) Stock Up on Supplies
Just as it is necessary to have pencils and folders for the first day of school, it’s important to stock up on back-to-dance supplies, too. Your feet may have grown over the summer, so make sure you have properly fitting shoes as well as your dress code leotard and tights. It’s also a good idea to equip your dance bag with basic first aid supplies, a notebook, and a reusable water bottle.
4) Get Familiar With Your Schedule
Once September hits, schedules can get crazy. School, dance and other commitments seem to fill nearly every day, and it’s a lot to remember! Instead of tossing aside your schedule until the night before the first day back, take some time this month to become acquainted with your new routine. It may help to write everything in a planner or on a calendar, making sure to allot time for homework and rest. Visualizing your weekly plan now will make for a smoother transition into fall.
5) Catch Some Zzz’s
While it’s tempting to stay up late in the summer, it’s important to get on a regular sleep schedule before the school year begins. Getting a bit of extra rest now will be essential to starting the school year healthy and rejuvenated.
6) Prepare Your Mind
We talked about preparing your body, but it’s equally important to take time in August preparing your mind. Spend time journaling, meditating, and doing what you love with family & friends. A happy, calm mind will help you start the year ready to learn and grow.
7) Set Goals
Setting specific goals will help you make the most of this coming year. Reflect on what you have achieved this summer and over the past year, and write down a few specific goals you would like to accomplish going forward. Write these goals down so that you can check them off once they are achieved!
We are so excited for our hallways to be full of students again on Monday, September 11th. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and get ready for another wonderful year!