How to Set Smart Goals for your Dance Practice

Welcome back, dancers.

Let’s talk about setting goals for dance. When it comes to creating a solid plan to reach your dance dreams, the more specific you can get, the more likely you are to be successful. A concept I learned from my studies in social media strategy is to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. While your dance goals are likely much different than the digital marketing goals of a business, the concept can still be applied to help improve achievement and success.

What is a S.M.A.R.T. goal?

A S.M.A.R.T. goal clarifies what you expect and the measures used to determine if the goal has been reached. 

Specific: Linked to a job description, departmental goals/mission, and/or overall social media goals and strategic plans.

Measurable: The success toward meeting the goal can be measured in some way.

Attainable: Goals are realistic and can be achieved in a specific amount of time and are reasonable.

Relevant: The goals are aligned with current tasks and projects and focus in one defined area; including the expected result.

Time-Oriented: Goals have a clearly defined time frame including a target or deadline date.

Here are a couple of examples to show you how to create smarter goals:

Not a S.M.A.R.T. goal:

Join a dance company.

This goal does not identify any measurement or time frame nor why the goal is important.

S.M.A.R.T. goal:

This weekend, I will create a list of 5 to 10 local dance companies I could be a good fit for and note their audition criteria. The basic search criteria for each company will be that they perform throughout the year and offer pay so the opportunity is sustainable for my career.

Not a S.M.A.R.T. goal:

Get a higher leg extension.

What specifics might be missing from this goal?

S.M.A.R.T. goal:

Create a simple leg workout and stretch routine that I can complete 3-5 times each week. The routine will consist of strength training exercises as well as stretching so that I have a good foundation to support my leg extensions in dance class.

With SMART goals, you are more likely to know if your current approach is working or not. Think about how you might apply this process to your dance classes and practice sessions. What S.M.A.R.T. goals will you be setting?

To help you get started on setting S.M.A.R.T. goals for your dance journey, I’ve created a free S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet. It is available to download in my ko-fi shop.

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