Dance school should be about learning, testing out new ideas and developing as a performer, so we have developed some great tools that can help enhance your training and allow you to stay organised so you can get back to the important part: Dancing!
Our Dance Student Life journals have been designed with students from Bird, Laine and Italia Conti to make sure you have everything you need, so let’s take a look at our top tools!
Taking down corrections and making sure you have your teachers notes down is super important. You’re paying a lot of money to help get that expert training, so having a specific place to jot this down is crucial! Our journals have class note sections for Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Commercial, MT, Street, Tap and more! As well as notes for every class, our journals also have dedicated warm up space for each class too, so you can always refer back to your notes.
When you have multiple different classes happening, having a solid schedule is key to making sure you’re prepared and have everything you need for class. We have a 16 week term timetable in every journal with space to put every class you have in there. Schedules run from 7am-7pm, 7 days a week.
Having a solid understanding of your industry and the people that helped create it is a vital part of any dancer training, so we created specific sections to help you ask the right questions when doing your practitioner research. It can be really hard to know where to start or what to research, but we have multiple pages to help you get a true understanding of the people you’re looking up. It’s also a great way to store information to look back on in future years!
Injuries will happen, regardless of what stage of your training you are at, so keeping an accurate record of the injury and what you need to do for your recovery is so important. We’ve created dated trackers to note down quickly when an injury happens, as well as a more detailed injury check-in section to track medical advice and follow up. Opening up and journaling about your injuries is a really good way to encourage a positive outlook on your mental and physical wellbeing.
Speaking of wellbeing! Every dancer we spoke to told us that wellbeing was incredibly important to them, especially when the pressures of training kick in - it can sometimes feel very difficult to know how to cope. In every journal we create there are multiple pages with contact details for wellbeing charities that can help. We also provide wellbeing trackers and check-in’s in every journal because it's important to journal how you feel and check-in with yourself. If you start to notice a pattern appearing, then it’s time to get some advice.
Budgeting for books, ballet shoes, new tights and everything else needed for dancer training can be a minefield! And with so many different lessons requiring different uniforms and equipment, planning for this in advance is key to staying organised and on budget. Each journal has a uniform, shoe and equipment buying list for you to write down before the start of each term. We also have a dedicated reading list for any literature you may need to be reading ahead of class.
Each discipline has a start of term check-in (ballet, tap, jazz, commercial, contemporary, street, MT and more!) so that you can write down your goals and what inspires you about the art form. Especially after the year we had, it can be hard to find the inspiration and motivation for our craft again, so having clear goals, aims and inspo will help to re-train our brains to find the love of the art again during our training.
These are just a few of the essential tools we have put into our Dance Student journals to help dancers up their game during training. Each journal also includes warm ups, recipe lists, plain note pages and choreography planning to help you boss your dancer training!
We really hope this helps you stay on track during your training - let us know what you think!