Happy New Year!

Most common question of the day,  “what resolutions did you make?”

Most common response to this question a month from now is, “Resolutions?  Oh riiiiigggght…”

Instead of creating a list of resolutions that most often support unrealistic expectations I suggest that this is a time to reflect on the past year – on both our successes and our failures – give ourselves a collective pat on the back for being awesome and then make a list (mental or otherwise) of those things in life, in dance and in ourselves, for which we are grateful.


“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to
such an extent that it changes the world you see.”
— Dr. Robert Holden

Let’s break this down to the dance studio…


Before you step back into the studio consider the impact that dance has had on your life, and on you.   Has it had an affect on how you live?   Your view of the world?   How much joy does dance bring to each day?  What would your life, your day, be like without it?

In dance we often focus our energy on what needs to be improved, striving for that ever elusive perfection.  Today, take a moment to appreciate & acknowledge what you have accomplished.    What are your strengths?   Have you accomplished a step you never though you would be able to perform?  Have you learned a new role?   Have you performed something new or more often than you’d expected?

Thinking specifically about the role of dance in your life,

for what are you most grateful?


My challenge to you on this first day of 2013 is to live life, and dance, through the perspective of gratitude.   Begin each day and each step into the studio holding gratitude for the gift of dance in each breath you give to each movement and to each note which inspires you to dance.

To kick off this challenge, take a moment (in the comment section below) to let us all know what you are most grateful for in dance.  Let’s get some collective gratitude started for 2013!


Wishing you all the best for your best year yet!


3 thoughts on “Happy New Year!”

  1. Ok, I’ll get the ball rolling here…

    In dance I am most grateful for the privilege of teaching, all ages and abilities. My students motivate me to explore dance and movement in a multitude of ways. My teaching (students) is the inspiration behind this AD4L project – and this project has brought so much abundance to my life.

    Happy 2013!

  2. I’m grateful for all of those who, since the very beginning of Dance Advantage, have encouraged me and let me know that what I am doing is valuable and worthwhile. I’m very grateful for my teachers who invested their energy and imparted their values in life and in dance, and for all of my students along the way who have taught me much. And, finally, I’m grateful for the malleable and endlessly interesting nature of dance itself. What a gift to love and give a lot to something and be rewarded by it in return!

    Happy 2013, Jacqui!

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