2016 will be the year of the dancer. It’s fun, healthy, social and a great way to spend your free time. Put down your remote and put on your dance shoes!

For the month of January we will have a new way to get the most out of your dance every week. So check back for some tips on how to become the best dancer possible.

You can’t control others, only yourself. So the only way to change is to start with yourself.

As you embark on this new year to make yourself the best dancer possible, the biggest impact you’ll feel is by changing your attitude. Keep things positive and in perspective.

Learning is a process. Sometimes it’s awkward, embarrassing or frustrating. But it’s the same for everyone, even if you don’t see it on the surface. Even your teachers feel the “sting” and “embarrassment” of not doing something correctly when they take lessons or practice. So when they push you to do something outside your comfort zone, try to trust them.

What’s the worst thing that could happen? You won’t lose a limb. No famine or pestilence.

The worst thing that can happen is you make a mistake and learn from it. The best thing is that you do it right and learn from it.

In a group class, at the party, at events, there’s no perfect dance. Only a better dance than before. Try not to compare your dancing to anyone else’s. Even if you’re here for competitive reasons you can’t control others. You can only work on yourself and pursue your own goals.

That’s the best way to learn and think. Keeping a positive attitude toward your dancing journey will keep it fun and keep it moving. If you’re constantly comparing yourself to others or putting yourself down – guess what? – you will feel that everyone is better than you and you won’t process in your dancing.

You’re the only person standing in way of your progress. Get out of your own way and become the best you possible.