6 Dance Stars Share Their New Year's Resolutions for 2019

December 17, 2018

One of the best (and most challenging) things about dance is that no matter how good you are, there will always be something more you can do to improve. Dance Spirit talked to some of the biggest dance stars to find out what they’re hoping to work on during this next year. Between dance resolutions and “real life” resolutions these dance phenoms have their eyes on the prize and are ready to make 2019 their best year yet.

Kaycee Rice

Photo by Romy Young Photography, courtesy Rice

Usually my New Year’s resolutions never work out, but this year I have a few goals that I’m sticking to. The first one is to be more focused and organized. I always find myself procrastinating, but I want to focus on my craft and trying new things.

My second New Year’s resolution is to write more. In October of 2018 I realized that I have a lot to say and I love communicating my thoughts and ideas through poems. I want to express my emotions in a different way than just dance, so this year I want to try and share some of my poems with others with the hopes that they will inspire others.

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