Hey guys it’s Gabi,
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This post is going to be about how to balance dance and school. I am a sophomore in high school and I go to an academically rigorous independent school and I also do ballet, which pretty much fills up my schedule every day. I have ballet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and I usually finish around 8:30 pm. When I don’t have ballet, I have club activities at school as well as science classes outside of school that fills up my schedule for that day. I know it can be very challenging trying to manage school and ballet and it took me a lot of trial and error to figure it out, so, I wanted to share with you guys what I have learned over the years and give you some tips.
Use your transportation time
I usually spend most of my time traveling to school, to dance, or my extracurriculars. I would use that transportation time to study, do homework, review my flashcards, or read the book assigned from English class. I use to be on my phone looking at social media during that time, I spend about one hour and a half traveling to school. But I have decided that it is a better idea to use those transportation times to do homework and study and get it done now so you won’t be stressed later. When you have to come back home late after dance you don’t have to be stressed out because of the amount homework you have to do.
Stretch while doing your homework and studying
I know it is hard to find time to study, do your homework, and make time to stretch. I know that I really like to stretch after class or before class, so I suggest doing your homework while your stretching. I usually stretch and do my homework and read some flashcards while I’m in my splits. I can have my homework and have my studying done and have my stretching time as well.
I know this is easier said than done but it’s really important especially for dancers with busy dance schedules to not procrastinate. It’s easier to get a project, homework, or studying done on a day you don’t have dance and get it done then or spread it out. Because it is really difficult when you’re coming home from dance late at night to then start on a project or study for a test you have the next day. My tip is to spread out your time when you get a project. Schedule your time by planning out how much time and what you are going to do each day for the project. You can also do this with studying. Plan out how much and what you are going to do each day for a test or a quiz.
Also, use the free periods in your school schedule or study halls during school to catch up on any work you may have. If you have an allotted time during school that is free use those times to do catch up or get ahead on homework, since you know you have a busy dance schedule for the rest of the week. I do not suggest spending time on social media or talking to your friends because you probably have a very busy dance schedule and you don’t want to leave all of your homework for the end of the night. So make sure you use that time during the day.
During rehearsal for dance when you are not working you can sit on the side and try to finish some homework so you don’t leave it until the end of the night. This is really important during Nutcracker season, because I know that a lot of Nutcracker rehearsals are coming up.
STAY ORGANIZED I can not stress this enough. I use to not be very organized and it really stressed me out trying to keep everything I have to do in my head and not on paper or in some place that I could keep track of my schedule. I currently use an Erin Condren Life Planner. You do not have to get a big fancy planner, but do get or make something where you can plan out your week and organize yourself. Block out the times you have for studying and doing homework. Be specific when you block out these times, for example: instead “write my essay”, use “write the introduction to my essay” or instead of “study”, use “study for Chemistry and make my flashcards”. You should be specific so you know exactly what you need to do and what you need to get done during that scheduled time.
Sleep is very important and I know it is really hard to get enough sleep especially when you have a busy dance schedule. My suggestion is to do a little homework at night and if you still have not completed it all, it is best to go to sleep and wake up early and finish it. I find that it is easier for me to concentrate when I have a good amount of sleep. Waking up early and having a clear fresh mind can help you concentrate on your homework better. I usually do this when I have a bunch of homework and I couldn’t finish it throughout the day. It is very important for both dancers and students to get sleep because you can not do your best in school or dance if you are tired. So, it is very important to have time to sleep and rest your body.
These are some tips that have been working for me. Please let me know if you think any of these would make balancing dance and school a little bit more manageable.
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