Posts Tagged ‘postaweek2011’

I finally saw Black Swan last night! A big theme in the move was the main character wanting to be the “perfect” dancer. I think for anyone in the dance field,  that is a great question. What makes a dancer great? Is is technique? Is it expression? What do you think?

How do you define a great dancer?

We want to hear from you!

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This week’s post is about YOUR idea of the perfect Sunday.

Sundays for me have always represented dance. Here is my idea of a perfect Sunday:

In the morning I would get up late and meet up with some of my closest friends for brunch. Following that I would go to rehearsal for Kinetic Elements and then teach classes to my students. After an afternoon of rehearsal and classes, I would drive with Adam and Parker to my mom’s house where we would have dinner with my family. Where we would have roast beef (not Adam of course) and strawberry shortcake for dessert! MMmMMMmmMMMmmMM

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What would your perfect Sunday look like?

This week I wanted to talk about inspiration. When you are creating something,  inspiration can come from anywhere. An image, a musical piece, a story, or an event that happens in life. For me a lot of my inspiration comes from the music that I listen to. I wanted to share today about one particular artist that has inspired me, Tori Amos. With her haunting melodies and amazing lyrics, I will always remember the first time I heard Tori Amos – it was on MuchMusic, the song was called Caught A Lite Sneeze and I became a huge fan.

You can watch the video here:

Let us know! What inspires you?

It is a new year and a fresh start again at rehearsals with Kinetic Elements. There is a lot coming up for us on the horizon. It made me really sit back and remember what it was like to be a dancer coming into rehearsal for the first time. For me it was such an exciting time! I enjoyed meeting new people, learning new choreography and I was always interested to see what the music choice would be. I can’t wait to get started!

Now you can own your very own Kinetic Elements T-Shirt!! T-shirts are $15 and they come in all sizes! We have t-shirt for men and women!! So order today at kendra@kendrahughes.com!

Plus!! Don’t forget to register for the beginner contemporary session coming up on Sunday January 16, 2011! Another fun 8 week session is in store. Kendra always provides a comfortable atmosphere for beginner students. We work on technique, flexibility and we learn a combination at the end of each class. To find out more visit our classes section! Is trying a dance class one of your resolutions? Now is the time!! Don’t miss out – register today!! kendra@kendrahughes.com

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Three cities that I would like to visit and take some dance classes:

1) New York City, NY – A place that I have gone back year after year to visit the Broadway Dance Center to train. I have been there so many times and been lucky enough to train with some of the best in the industry. It was my home for a while when I was working on a cruise and I remember I would rush off the boat when we were port in Times Square and take a class any chance I would get.

2) Los Angeles, CA – This is one place that I have not been to yet. It is a goal of mine to get to LA one day and to take classes.

3) Somewhere in Germany – I will get to Germany and study dance, it is just a matter of time!!

How about you? Is there a place that you have always wanted to train? Or where have you gotten some of your best training?  Which city do you think has the best training centre for dance?

“We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”  ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

The first day of 2011 is an exciting day for me. I like to take a look back at 2010 and see what worked for me and what did not work. I also like to set some new goals for the new year!! Goals are a tricky thing, sometimes it is hard to know where to get started so here are a few tips to think about when setting new goals (or even if you want to take a look at your old ones!).

Make your goals – SMART goals!!

Specific: Make your goals as specific as possible. It is one thing to say “I want a million dollars” and it is another to take a look at exactly how are you going to get there. Let’s say a good specific goal would be ” I want a job in my preferred field”. From there you are have to take a look at what steps are you going to take to get to that specific goal. (i.e. Revise my resume, start looking at the classifieds, etc.)

Measurable: A great goal is one that you know you have reached. So using the example of looking for a job in your field, you know you have reached it by attaining a job in your preferred field. Sounds simple right? Exactly and it is a really important thing to look at when you set your goals . Ask yourself: “How will I know when I have reached my goal?”

Achievable: Do not be your own worst enemy!! Set goals that are within your reach in the near future. Setting goals that are beyond your reach hinders your motivation and makes it hard to keep and set goals!

Realistic: Once again you want to set a goal that is attainable within your means of time and resources. To set a vague unrealistic goal will only frustrate you! Set goals that are realistic for you.

Timely: Deadlines are crucial for setting goals. It is one thing to say I want to have a new job, but by when? Not having a deadline that is time sensitive would make it easier for you to procrastinate. Keep yourself motivated by having a deadline to meet!

Here are some other websites about setting SMART goals:

SMART Goal Examples

10 Steps to Setting SMART Goals

What is your goals this year? We would love to hear from you!

Wishing you all the best in 2011!
Kendra