Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2020! 
I hope you all have had a relaxing break over Christmas and New Year and spent some time with friends and family and eating lots of chocolates and mince pies. But now the festivities are over, education and work are resuming and dance class is going back to normal. So now is the perfect time to reassess your dancing, training and mindset in 2019 and sit down to make some new goals. 
Last weekend my boyfriend and I did just this. We sat down together and talked about what our dancing highlight was in 2019, what we could have done better, and what we want to achieve in 2020. However, it is important to also think about how you are going to make these dreams a reality. 
One of my favourite quotes is ‘nothing changes, if nothing changes’. If you don’t change your behaviour, then the outcome won’t change either. Just because you write it down on a piece of paper, doesn’t mean it will come true without you constantly trying your best. As I have said before consistency is the key to reaching your goal. 
Another thing that I find happens after the January break is feeling a little nervous at the first classes back. If I have a break from dancing due to Christmas or injury or a holiday, then walking back into class again always makes me feel a little anxious - and I am sure I am not the only one. This is because I know that I won’t be dancing as well as I was just before Oireachtas and when I sit back and think of this rationally, why would I be? 
If I was dancing like I was at Oireachtas after a break from dance class over Christmas then I obviously wasn’t working hard enough before Oireachtas!
Or, I would be burnt out very very quickly and wouldn’t dance well at Worlds in Easter.
It is ok to have regressed a little after a break at dancing, but the important thing to remember is that when you walk back into dancing this month you have a plan in place to make this the best dancing year yet! 
Plan, prepare, perform. 
Speak soon, 
A x 

Annabelle Nunnery is a featured Blogger for Irish Dance Pro. She is a 23yr old, Open dancer, from the Marie Connell school in the UK. She is currently ranked 23rd in the World and is still actively competing on the international circuit.