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Best New Year’s Resolutions and ways to keep them

The holidays are gone and so are those rose-tinted glasses. It’s the New Year—the time for realizing that you weren’t everything you could have been and you’ve probably made a fair-weather resolution. If your New Year’s resolution is any of the below, then here’s how a few local theaters can help you keep your goal.

DANCE INTO SHAPE Making a decree to hit the gym has become just as much of a New Year tradition as eating black-eyed peas. But you don’t have to sigh and drearily hit a treadmill, take a fun dance class instead.

Artistic Motion School of Arts in Greensboro teaches ballet, tap and jazz, along with other recreational classes like martial arts, hip-hop dance, yoga, ballroom dancing and more. Check them out at artisticmotiondance.com.

MORE ACTING, LESS VIDEO GAMES If you cheated and made your goal for 2015 something for your kids to do: to get more involved in the community, to learn something new, to take off their Xbox One headset, then see if they have a knack for theater.

Community theater is a great way for your kids of all ages to get involved, whether acting out a part or helping backstage. Community Theatre of Greensboro, in fact, has three auditions coming up for its 2015 lineup: Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.; A Raisin in the Sun; and Willy Wonka. Visit ctgso.org for more information.

Other theaters you should check out include the Greensboro Drama Center’s Livestock Players, Greensboro Children’s

Theatre or Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem.

SPEND MORE QUALITY FAMILY TIME Looking for a fun way to get the whole family together? Going to a play, ballet or symphony is a fun night out as well  or symphony is a fun night out as well as a cool way to introduce your kids to new things and expand their horizons.

Twin City Stage, Kernersville Little Theatre, Community Theatre of Greensboro and the children’s theatres of Greensboro and Winston-Salem are all known for their fun family-friendly productions. The younger kids will especially enjoy laughing at the funny.

In fact, on January 24, Twin City Stage is presenting the next performances of its Saturday Family Series: The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare at the Arts Council Theatre.

If you’re looking to introduce your kids, or especially teens, to a little more culture then seek out a performance by the Greensboro Symphony, Winston-Salem Orchestra or UNC School of the Arts’ orchestra.

TRY STAND-UP COMEDY AND IMPROV Trying to expand your own horizons for 2015? Why not see if you have a knack for stand-up comedy at the Idiot Box, or find a drama workshop, or improv group to join. The Greensboro Cultural Center is a great place to start looking.

If you don’t want to get that involved in something new, then how about simply checking out a different medium than you normally would. Theatre Alliance in Winston-Salem is definitely known for producing out-of-the box plays, or expand your performance palette by checking out the Comedy Zone or a ballet by UNC Greensboro, Greensboro Ballet, High Point Ballet or UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

TRY DINNER THEATERS AND COMEDY CLUBS Personally, this is my New Year’s resolution. I know, it sounds crazy that a person who makes a living going to plays would need to be more social. But more specifically, I want to plan more social events. Throw themed-dinner parties, orchestrate game nights, go out for drinks after work—simply have fun doing things that I’m not required to do for work.

For those who are also looking to kick off their shell, why not round up a group to go out to dinner and a play? Try any of our local theaters or improv groups. Triad Stage always produces high-quality productions that never fail to impress my plus ones. And it’s also a great way to meet new people–for those looking for new partners for 2015.

For an extra social flare, select a performance date that’s paired with a wine tasting, opening-night party or meet-and-greet with the cast. If you can’t break the bank, visit the theatre on its pay-what-you-can Tuesdays.

The theater’s next Greensboro production will be Dirty Blonde, coined “a love story with music,” beginning January 25. In February the theater will perform Other Desert Cities, a comic drama, at the Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem.

Carolina Theatre also has several events that are a little more casual and easy on the wallet, like film screenings, and coming soon is the Drama Center’s Playwrights Forum.

So here’s to sticking to our goals past February. Happy Resolving! !

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