We believe that it is our responsibility to help our children learn the skills necessary to develop into great dancers and to instill in them a set of values and characteristics that will help them be successful throughout their lives.
- A state of mutual trust and support between comrades.
The Japanese have a term, kenzoku, which translated literally means "family." The connotation suggests a bond between people who've made a similar commitment and who possibly therefore share a similar destiny. It implies the presence of the deepest connection of friendship, of lives lived as comrades from the distant past.
Many of us have people in our lives with whom we feel the bond described by the word kenzoku. They may be family members, a mother, a brother, a daughter, a cousin. Or a friend from grammar school with whom we haven't talked in decades. Time and distance do nothing to diminish the bond we have with these kinds of friends.1.
- Characterized by a ready capability to adapt to new, different, or changing requirements. It is a personality trait that describes the extent to which a person can cope with changes in circumstances and think about problems and tasks in novel, creative ways.2.
The term also refers to the quality of bending easily without breaking and therefore both meanings are important for dancers to embrace.
- The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc..
As a character trait, commitment is one of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose. It is the act of binding and engaging oneself (emotionally or intellectually) to a particular course of action. Commitment separates doers from dreamers. It is important because on the journey of life, and pursuing our dreams and goals, there are many obstacles. Commitment will keep us going in the face of adversity and challenges.3.
- The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.
Someone with character follows through with their promises. Good intentions and rhetoric are not enough. They stick to their word and they are active in the pursuit of helping others. People depend on them not only for their contribution, but as a positive example and role model. Character also involves proper ethics and values. People of character always seem to do the right thing, often for the benefit of others, not themselves. They have a compass in life that leads them down the right path and they are interested in their inner growth, they make it a point to continue to grow as a person and help others do the same.4.
- Goal Setting:
- A powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality. The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life.
If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life's direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding.5.
- Strong and barely controllable emotion.
Passion creates excellence when mediocrity will do. Passion makes you laugh, when you feel like crying. Passion makes you open your mouth and proclaim something, when a whisper will do. Passion allows you to sit still, when you feel like walking away. Passion makes you close your mouth, when you want to talk. Passion will cause you to break a record, when finishing the race will do. Passion will make you stay up all night long, when you want to sleep. Passion will cause you to love, when you would rather hate.6.
- The capacity of something (or someone) to last or to withstand wear and tear.
Endurance is required to achieve almost anything worthwhile. Success is a marathon, not a sprint. The people who succeed are normally the ones who have learned not to give up easily. Setbacks and failures are part of the learning process, and mistakes are the lifeblood of learning and improvement. People who are so afraid of failure that they do not attempt anything of significance are sentenced to a life of little value. Too often people only try things that they know they can already be successful in; if they never challenge themselves, they will never know their true limits or abilities. People who can endure are dreamers, believers and achievers - they may be the only people who truly reach their potential.7.
- Self Efficacy:
- One's belief in one's ability to succeed in specific situations.
Self efficacy provides the foundation for human motivation, well being and personal accomplishments. The more we believe we can do, the more we invest and thus the greater likelihood we will accomplish our goals.8.
- The combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient.
A productive team has players that share common goals, a common vision and have some level of interdependence that requires both verbal and physical interaction. Teams come into existence through shared attitudes about a particular sport. They may come together for a number of different reasons, but their goals are the same - to achieve peak performance and experience success. The ends may differ but the means by which one gets there is the same - teamwork. Every member of the team is accountable when it comes to teamwork.9.
- Believe & Achieve:
"Whatever your mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past."~Napolean Hill
Belief in our ability to succeed is one of the most vital attributes necessary for us to cultivate in order for us to succeed. Belief is the 'I can win' attitude that generates the enthusiasm, power, skill and energy needed to achieve our goals. As you study top achievers you will realize that they are just ordinary people who have developed great belief in themselves. They have adapted their minds to allow themselves to believe that they can achieve anything, and have then acted upon this belief. When you believe that you' can do' something the mind automatically develops and triggers the ways and means necessary to show you 'how to'! Alternatively, if you believe you can't do something your mind will provide you with reasons why you can't.10.