7 Back-to-Class Tips from Dancers We Admire

Welcome back to the studio!  Here are seven valuable pieces of advice from experts to help get your dance year off to a great start:

1. It all comes down to self-discipline. Have respect for yourself and all those around you. Kate Lydon - Artistic Director, ABT Studio Company and Summer Intensives and Apprentice Program Coordinator

2. It’s most important to stay focused on yourself and your goals. It’s also important to stay focused on owning your classes and being the best dancer you can be. Alison Stroming - Dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem 

3. Be everything as a dancer. Do everything you can do. Have the best technique and base you can possibly have. But also have life experience that colors your work. Having another physical discipline, or acting, or anything that makes your mind work in different ways is really helpful. Trey McIntyre - Choreographer, Dancer, Photographer

4. Make your own footprints; you are unique. Stephan Bourgond - Dancer with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo

5. Healthy eating and exercise are the keys to becoming strong enough to eventually pull off leading roles. Sara Michelle Murawski - American National Ballet, Principal Dancer

6. Keep working hard. It’s more important than how much talent you have. You can have all the talent in the world but if you don’t work hard you might as well throw it in the garbage. Sarah Lane - American Ballet Theatre, Principle Dancer

7. One of the biggest mistakes we can make is making it our mission to 'beat' someone else at something. It's a distraction courtesy of our ego to test us. Let it go. Francisco Gella - Master Teacher/Choreographer