Time management

​This is never easy.  I did my dance debut during junior year, aka the dreaded SAT, GPA and year I didn’t sleep for nine months straight. During that time, I really really needed efficient time management skills.
Even if you’re not looking to do a dance debut, good time management is a tool that can help you balance out all the things you need to do, want to do and still have time for yourself. Personally, I liked to make time boxes, so I’d get enough time for dance, homework, SAT Prep, and the other millions of things one naturally has to do.

As painful as it is, it’s actually better to be away from your phone during your busy schedule,  because that’s one less distraction. Plus, I usually concentrate better that way.

Ultimately, you have to prioritize yourself and sleep too, so if there’s too much on your plate, it’s okay to take a brief break if you’re struggling. But only as a last resort. It’s always sad for me to watch a passionate dancer leave dance because they’re schedule is too busy.

I hope my time management tips were somewhat useful! See you next week!

What makes it worth it

​It would be an understatement to say that I miss training for my arangetram. But at the same time, it wouldn’t be entirely truthful to say that the process was a bed of roses. To be truthful, it was fun, but hectic at the same time. 
Nowadays, along with my regular training schedule, I generally use my weekends to practice one item from my repertoire. Because of the training I’ve been through, it’s just as rigorous and sweaty, but now it’s stress free.  I guess not having such a big target looming above me 24/7 has done a lot to lessen the pressure. And it reminds me again that dance is more about passion than technique.

Hence, that is what makes it worth it.

Tips for a fabulous photoshoot

dance

  1. Actually get sleep the night before.
  2. Jot down and practice your poses in advance. For like two weeks.
  3.  Look up other dancers and through old pieces for poses which inspire you
  4. Keep water or Gatorade handy. Or whatever energy drink you prefer
  5. Keep all your makeup, jewelry and costumes in one place-  a few days early though. Things will get crazy and it will give you a lot of peace of mind
  6. Don’t be nervous. Have faith in yourself. This is what you’ve trained for.

How’s life?

​Hi Everybody!

It’s been a while since my last How’s Life? post. I hope everyone is doing well and staying super warm during this freezing time of year!
So far, life has been good. Chilly, but good.

As I hope you do too, I still find an important part of myself drawn to dance classes. Henceforth, we’ve been continuing to follow the path towards our annual day, which is coming up soon. So far I’ve done two productions as a part of the troupe, and it is interesting. One thing I’ve noticed is that in this last year, I’ve had to get used to dancing with a group again and memorizing lots of complex formations – stuff you don’t have to do while learning to perform solo.  Both have such different skill sets, that it gets weird having to go back and forth. But it’s still fun, and it makes life exciting.

So that’s how life is …

See you next week!

Happy New Year!

Well, here we are! 2016 has been many things and it’s probably been the most eventful of all of our lives thus far. It’s definitely been huge for me, especially in terms dance! Once again, I want to thank you all so much for your love and support from the very beginning of 2016 to the very end! You all are the best! 

Ergo, farewell 2016 and cheers to a blessed and beautiful 2017! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks a million!

​Hey guys!
So I recently realized that this blog has really grown a lot more in the last few months, and we are currently at over 1,200,000 views! This is huge deal for me, because it really means a lot to me to know that there are people out there who really enjoy reading what I write and have supported me for so long. To those of you out there, I want to extend my warmest thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thanks a million y’all! This is truly the best Christmas present I could have ever gotten!

I hope all of you have a warm and restful holiday break and a Merry Christmas!

Lots of love,
Ritika😂😙😙❤🖒🌲

 

The Importance of Passion

​Hi Everyone! I hope y’all are having a heart warming holiday season thus far and having fun with the holiday shopping!
This post is a little bit different. So as I took to reflecting over my experience with an arangetram, I realized that one of my biggest takeaways was that passion is really more important than technique. Not saying that technique isn’t important – just saying that you can’t let the fire of your passion burn out because you’re too focused on technique.

Story time! One of the most important experiences I had actually didn’t have anything to do with me. It was a case of friendly rivalry. So a couple dancers whom I’d known more or less got into this “I can practice more than you”  competition, and although it was just a friendly rivalry about a couple months from their debuts, one of them got some complications with her foot and could not even walk on it for a month. Not kidding, not exaggerating. Seriously. Luckily she got better in time and had a fabulous performance. But in the end, that extra extra practice, to the extent where it hurts and isn’t fun anymore doesn’t do anyone any good.

We all have times when we get hyper focused on things, and seem to suck the fun out of them. And so the biggest thing I want you guys to know is that you have to be true to yourself and keep your balance. Don’t underdo nor overdo. Love what you do and keep it that way.

Best,
Ritika ❤

A very special memory

​​Hi guys!

I hope everyone’s a great deal more rested and relaxed after a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’m sorry I haven’t been updating for some time – I was unwell for a bit. To make up, I want to share something very special to me with all of you: a memory.

The few backstage minutes before my debut were a weird mix of happy, scared, excited, and nervous. I had my whole family backstage with me and I kept having flashbacks to when I was a kid and dreamed of this moment. Boy did I get jittery after that.
At one point I was almost in tears, and my teacher actually gave me one of her rare hugs and with a very inspiring speech. That managed to calm me down and cheered me quite a bit.
While in the hydraulic pit I could hear everything going on onstage – the welcome message, the introductions the item description, etc. It was probably only about 5 minutes but it felt like hours. When the pit started moving, I could feel myself trembling. And then the lights hit me all at once and I could see and hear the crowd. I remember that the music followed me all the way from the pit to the stage and had this really amazing and energizing effect on me. I was like “OK, this is happening. This is actually happening! Here goes… ”
This memory is still really important to me because it was in these moments that I realized that the dream I’d had for 12 years was finally coming to life. It was truly a magical moment!

I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my special memory!

See you next week! 🙂

Water Breaks

​Today I thought I’d share one of the biggest boosts to my stamina during my training – the frequency with which I had water breaks.

Here’s how it looked:
Item 1
Item 2
Item 3
1 min water break
Varnam
5 min water break
Item 6
Item 7
1 min water break
Thillana

On the final day, I actually felt pretty good between and during dances because I wasn’t too frequent in water breaks in practice. I think overall  this was something that really helped me, and that’s why I wanted to share it with all of you!

Happy Dancing!

Choosing a Venue

​This is a hard decision to make. Honestly. 

Here’s a list I considered:
– the size of the stage
– the size of the auditorium
– any special features
– how lighting looks
– how sound is
– the audience experience: is the audience below the stage, or is it at an arch, looking down on the stage?
– how far away is it?

When I decided on my venue, I was initially between Granville Arts, Irving Arts and Majestic Theater. Each had such amazing features! But I ended up choosing Irving primarily because it had a hydraulic pit – meaning a grand entrance. I also got the perfect stage and auditorium size, and the audience experience was also pretty awesome. In fact, when I visited, I actually sat down in the extreme side, side, and middle seat of every few rows, to make sure that the audience experience was what I wanted.
It was probably the farthest location, but for me, that wasn’t too high on my priority list. All that mattered was the show itself. Let’s just say I’ve never really been a stickler for convenience.

So that was how I chose Irving Arts! I hope you enjoyed, and see you next week! 🙂