Goals Through Dance

November 10th, 2015 by Roy Patterson

StarQuest Dance Competition

StarQuest is obsessed with helping provide YOU with experiences and content that are going to help you grow as dancers and individuals. That’s why we created SQUniversity! Every week we’ll introduce a guest blogger to you who we think will contribute greatly to your growth as an artist.

This week, we would like to introduce you to our Resident Dance Career Expert: Catherine Mancuso from AriesInFlight. We hope you enjoy her zest for life-in-dance just as much as we do!



SQ University Presents: Goals Through Dance

with Catherine Baggs

 Are you ready to jump back into the dance studio? I always like to look at Fall as New Year’s Day all over again. The start of a new dance season brings with it the opportunity to take a good look at yourself, assess where you are and decide where you want to go.


Let me share a story with you. I became an adjunct professor of dance at Monmouth University last fall and in my very first class I met a student who had never danced before. During the first class I asked all the students to write down their strengths, weaknesses, and goals for the semester. Her responses were so heartwarming. She knew that she had no experience whatsoever in dance and that she wanted to leave the course feeling confident on the dance floor. I asked her, “Are you willing to put in the work?” She responded with a resounding yes. This set the tone for the entire class for the semester. Each week she showed up ready to try new things and was willing to ask for support when she needed it. She ended the semester by choreographing a modern dance solo that left the class speechless and full of awe. She received a standing ovation and her smile was burning with joy and pride. She wrote down in her semester reflection that she felt comfortable in her own skin and confident, all because she was clear on where she was in her dance journey.


So my question to you is, how do you see yourself right now in this very moment? What are your goals? Are you ready to put in the work? Fill out the worksheet and share your answers on social media. Be sure to tag @StarQuestDance @AriesInFlight and use #InvestInYourself #ObsessedWithTheBestVersionOfYou. Have a fantastic start to the dance season and remember that with clarity comes confidence.





Catherine Baggs is a dancer/choreographer turned dance career coach. As founder of Aries In Flight, it is her mission to empower dancers to show up as their best selves every day and create the life of their dreams. Visit her at ariesinflight.com