March 22, 2024

From Studio to Study: Thriving as a Student and Dancer

Balancing dance and school 

Trying to balance my commitment to dance and school is challenging but I do make it work.  With such a busy schedule it is difficult to keep on top of homework however, I still manage to stay focused and organised.  The types of dances I do are ballet, tap and jazz, which can be overwhelming when it comes to exams but using a timetable and my time management skills, I make it work with a healthy balance of school time, dancing and homework.  I dedicate majority of my weekend to homework as I dance throughout the week.  Dance is my way of relaxing from the busy days at school and taking my mind off studying for some brief time.

Marisa, Year 12

Mrs Brown, our Head of Sixth Form, gives the following advice to students:-

Remember, your hobby is not just a pastime; it can be an integral part of who you are.  It brings you joy, passion and a sense of fulfilment.  However, there are challenges you may face in balancing it with your academic commitments.  But try to make this work rather than giving up what you enjoy.  Academic achievements will always be important, but so is finding who you are through your wider interests.  The following ideas may help.

  • Prioritise – assess your commitments and allocate time accordingly.  Determine the importance of each activity and schedule your time effectively to accommodate both academics and your hobby.
  • Time Management – develop a structured routine that allows dedicated time for both academics and your hobby.  Set aside specific blocks of time for studying and practising your hobby and try to stick to your schedule as much as possible.
  • Set Goals – establish realistic short-term and long-term goals for both your academics and your hobby.  Having clear objectives will help you stay motivated and focused on achieving a balance between the two.
  • Communicate – don’t hesitate to communicate with your teachers, instructors and peers about your commitments and challenges.  They can offer support, understanding and possibly even adjustments to accommodate your schedule.
  • Stay Flexible – be adaptable and willing to make adjustments when necessary.  There may be times when one aspect of your life requires more attention than the other and that’s okay.  Learn to prioritise and manage your time accordingly.
  • Take Care of Yourself – remember to prioritise your wellbeing amidst your busy schedule.  Maintain a healthy balance between academics, your hobby, and personal time to avoid burnout.
  • Enjoy the Journey – lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the process.  Your hobby is something you love and are passionate about, so embrace the journey of learning, growing and pursuing your interests alongside your academic pursuits.

Remember, finding balance is a journey, and it’s okay to seek guidance and support along the way.  With dedication, time management and a positive mindset, you can successfully enjoy both your academic goals and your hobby.

Mrs Alison Brown
Head of Sixth Form