The rush of the school year is over and now reality is setting in with school, homework, extracurriculars, and dance/baton. This is the time in the year when students start to fade with their beginning of the year excitement and motivation. So the question is this, how do we stay motivated after the beginning rush is over?
For me I find my motivation in the work. There is something really nice about finding a rhythm in class. A great way to do this is the make the studio sacred. Once you enter the studio anything that happened in your day, good or bad, just floats away. If you don’t bring anything with you into the studio but yourself you get to just be with the tasks at hand. The expectation then is just to learn, grow, and be better than you were yesterday. This is so important especially for students who have so much going on!
By making the studio a space where you get to just be is helps with decreasing burnout, a place to explore, move, and be with friends. Of course there is an ebb and flow of motivation throughout the day, week, year but to find a place of consistency requires work. This is the work of a great dancer/twirler. The dancer that has the motivation after the excitement is over is the dancer that will excel beyond everyone’s expectations.