Belly flutters: I’ve known about this fascinating muscle isolation for several years, and remember the first time I’d seen a dancer use them right before my very eyes. It was shocking, and I’ve not seen anything like it since.

But that hasn’t stopped me from trying to accomplish them myself. 🙂 I’ve asked other dancers, “How do you even start that?” And have gotten some wonderful answers to set me on the right path. But that was a few years ago, and my flutter is still pretty weak; impressive for friends maybe, but not stage-ready.

We should all have goals. I read recently that if you don’t know where you’re going, you may never get there. But as you probably know, it’s not just the destination, it’s the journey that counts. So, choose a goal for yourself that you’d like to focus on. It could be a three-quarter walking shimmy, layering hips with chest isolations in polyrhythms, or whatever. Your dance – you decide.

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I wish I could do this! Flexibility is another of my personal goals. One day: contortion!

The next step is to set check-points for this goal. When do you want to obtain it? What will you do weekly to get there? Daily perhaps? For the flutter, which I’ve been lazily practicing for a few years, I’ve decided to practice it daily, for just a few minutes. My morning drive to the office is usually a good time; it’s already a routine, and I always have music available to mark my time. So when any given song begins after I pull out of my driveway, I flutter. Nonstop. Oh, and I at least try to smile, too…once this is stage-ready, I might as well try to look pretty while performing with it! 😉 Baby steps, though (when I first started this, I could only do it with my mouth open. It was ridiculous.).

Now that you know what you want to do and are willing to make at least minimal commitments to obtain it, put it all in writing. This will help keep you on track. And just like any goal (the most obvious that comes to my mind is weight-loss), don’t harbor negativity if you miss the mark; simply reevaluate and move forward. On the other hand, when you do make your goal, celebrate!

As always, you’re welcome to share your thoughts here. Do you have current goals you’re working on? Does this inspire you to make one? We’re all in this together!

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