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Goal Setting and Success
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Rhonda has been dancing for over 39 years, 15 of that as a professional and has been studying fitness and personal training for more than 12.

She has performed across North America and Europe in productions like the Tony® Award-Winning Disney’s The Lion King and the Tony® Award-Winning Ragtime. Similarly, she has entertained on the stages of the Stratford Festival in musicals like Guys and Dolls and Anything Goes and has many other well-known productions to her credit.

When you spend years doing 8 demanding shows a week, you have to know how to maintain your body. You also have to know how to nurture a good sense of humour. That’s what you will find at TAB - a serious session blended with fun and creativity.

Rhonda has also appeared on television and the big screen including in the Academy® Award-winning film Chicago and the dance classic Hairspray: The Movie. 

She has also been a sought-after dance adjudicator across North America for the last 12 years and has spent the last 7 years instructing in the Faculty of Phys. Ed. at the University of Toronto.

Rhonda has a B.A. from McMaster, The Triple Threat Award from The Randolph Academy, a Guthrie Award from the Stratford Festival, and more recently was a Top 3 finalist for CanFitPro Fitness Professional of the Year.

Goal Setting and Success! by Rhonda Roberts Smid
Posted on August 31, 2017

How setting goals can help you achieve success in your dance year!!

Dance studios are just about to get the ball rolling again and your child will want to put their best foot forward, whether it’s for exams, recitals or the competitive season. To prepare for the challenging work ahead, you and your dancers will benefit by setting goals before beginning.

For your child, a goal helps focus on something more than just a dance routine—it will establish a road map from where you are to where you would like to be, and become that beacon that keeps you on track!

Have your child ask herself/himself, “what do I want to improve and how will I achieve it this year?” Giving a purpose to lessons establishes a new energy when it comes to dance. It may even reinvigorate the love for the activity.

Why set a goal?

Dream it, then achieve it!
A goal, when written down in a journal or a small, tucked-away piece of paper, can serve as a real reminder of what you want to do and where you want to go. There’s something about actually creating that physical thing that makes the plan more real. When you see that reminder on the bulletin board every day or under the refrigerator
magnet, it demands to know what you have done to make it happen. Accountability is a wonderful motivator for action.

Goals bring focus and zone in on what you really want. Sometimes you can get distracted from your own dreams when following the group, and you could miss your true calling! A goal helps keep you on track and remember what’s important.

Use your goals as a road map. There are times when your goal also has prerequisite steps that need to be written down. Maybe the goal is to perform a solo for your studio this year. What might be the steps? Take extra classes, get more private lessons, improve physical strength so you’re able to execute more complicated movements… So write down your goals but then include the steps on the road you will take to get there.

You could also view each step as a goal, or better yet, each goal as a step toward to an even bigger goal. When you have accomplished one mission for yourself, are you going to stop there? Maybe it only encourages you to dream bigger and set more goals. A life led by something that motivates you and provides a sense of purpose and
pride can only be a plus as you reach for greatness. The beauty of achieving something is that when that’s under your belt, other doors open to provide exciting new opportunities and challenges. Goals get you to new heights and possibilities.

Motivation is key for a dancer. What motivates you to move, to put yourself through physical discomfort, to pick yourself up after falling down is the love and passion you have for the craft. I have personally fallen down many times in my career but what motivated me was my yearning to dance. I recognized that any opportunity, good or bad, brought me closer to my goal of becoming a professional. Completing one step is just the connecting point to your next move and each reward like this motivates you to reach for something higher.

Setting and acting on goals is a transferable skill you can take anywhere—not just dance! And as you strive to be your very best this year, think about setting goals to help you reach your full potential. Go out there and have an amazing dance year!

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