Want to amp up your flamenco progress in 2018?
Here’s a two part formula to get you going:
Part One: Reflection
“The more reflective you are, the more effective you are,” Hall & Simeral
Consider the past year in flamenco, and ask yourself:
- What kind of flamenco activities did I participate in last year?
- Through which experiences did I grow the most?
- Which experiences were the most fun?
- What’s one thing that didn’t go the way I wanted it to, and what can I learn from that?
- What’s one thing (step, concept, movement) that I couldn’t do/didn’t understand before that I can do/understand now?
When we take the time to reflect and learn from our past experiences we grow. When we take the time to celebrate we feel better and set ourselves up for future success. (In other words, pretty please don’t skip this part.)
Now that you've reflected and celebrated, it's time to move forward.
Part Two: Looking Ahead
“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you,” American Proverb*
Here are two questions to ask yourself as you look toward the new year:
- What do I want out of my flamenco experience this year?
- How am I going to get that?
1. Regarding question number one,
You many want to answer this in a general sense:
- Are you looking for community?
- Are you looking for a fun experience?
- Are you looking to grow?
Or you may choose to be more specific:
- Is there a particular skill you want to master this year? (Example: to finally learn how to do a good tacón)
- Is there a specific concept you want to understand? (Example: how to dance to the cante.)
- Do you want to improve upon how you look when your dancing? (Example: how to move with more fluidity)
- Do you want to learn something completely new? (Example: to play castanets)
2. Now that you've decided what you want, what will you do to make it happen?
- If you’re looking for is community, you might find this by attending a weekly class, practicing on a regular basis with friends, or by attending a flamenco retreat or a Flamenco Tour.
- If you want to learn to look better when dancing you might spend more time looking at yourself in the mirror.
- If you want to work on your tacones you can choose a class that has a strong technique focus.
You get the idea ...
(You can find detailed instructions on how to achieve your flamenco goals here.)
I wish you all kinds of success on your flamenco journey this year.
Happy New Year!
¡Feliz año nuevo!
But before you go,
What did you learn from this reflection? What are you celebrating from 2017? What do you want out of your flamenco experience in 2018, and how are you going make it happen? Is there anything I can do to help you achieve flamenco success this year? Let me know in the comments below.
Here are some experiences I’m looking forward to in 2018:
- The Flamenco Retreat at the Oregon Coast in February
- Jesús Carmona Workshops this spring
- The Flamenco Tour to Jerez in May
- New classes!
Thank you for being here and for supporting me and my flamenco dreams.