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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wacky Wednesday Habits

Wacky Wednesday Habits

We are all very familiar with habits. In dance we constantly hear about which bad habits we need to break and it is challenging. We don’t hear as much about good habits and how important they are in ballet training.

There’s a new book out that I want to read by James Clear called Atomic Habits https://jamesclear.com/ . It sounds like it might have some interesting ideas, especially for dancers (see the Quote of the Day below).

The Oxford Dictionary has several definitions of the word habit:
“A settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” (Sounds like our bad dancer habits).
“An addictive practice, especially one of taking drugs.” (Hmmm, another negative).
“An automatic reaction to a specific situation.” (This could be good, but could be bad…).

Dance training, through its daily repetition, hopefully produces automatic good reactions. Of course this requires that the repetition is done well if not perfectly. That’s the problem. And that’s where all these blog ideas and images come in – they are designed to help with a more perfect execution.

Happy (good) habit making!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #:
“Dancers must guard against bad habits and cultivate good ones.”

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Quote of the Day:
“You do not rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems.”
-         James Clear

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