Dancers Need Self-Care!

Dance is incredibly demanding, especially at a professional level. Dancers give an incredible amount of mental and physical energy to their art form. For most dancers, dance is their life and sometimes they forget to nurture themselves. Here are some self-care tips for dancers: For the dancer that feels "burnt out": Have a “muscle pampering” session: start with a hot bath or shower, put on some warm clothes, turn on a movie, and spend a good couple of hours rolling out your muscles with a foam roller and a tennis ball. Follow that up with a good stretching session.Drop a few things from your to-do list and get a good night of sleep!Have a meal out at your favorite restaurant.Grab a friend, get a take-out tea or coffee, and go for a walk. Spending time in nature has energizing effects. But, keep the conversation light- complaining or gossiping will only leave you more drained.Get a deep-tissue massage.Use your body in a different way. Although doing more exercise can seem count…

Dance Studio "Loyalty"

There is a term that is used in the world of dance studios: studio-hopper. The term is typically used to describe a dancer who bounces from studio to studio. Rather than labeling a dancer as a studio hopper, ask the dancer what they are looking for in a dance studio. My goal as a dance teacher is to work with a dancer as an individual even in a class setting. Every dancer is unique and it is important for them to learn and develop their art in the best possible environment.

A dancer should want to go to class. It is a wonderful thing when a dancer finds a studio that they feel at home at. If the dancer is unhappy and complains about the studio they are attending, then why should they continue to go there? Often dancers feel they are stuck at their studio out of some sort of loyalty. They may really like one teacher or one particular class, but the rest of the time they are miserable. Eventually, those dancers turn away from dance because they equate their bad studio experience with da…

Dance Fitness: The Fun & Sweaty Benefits

Most people shy away from dance fitness classes because they are afraid they have two left feet. Some are intimidated by the idea of dancing in front of others in a room full of mirrors. However, dance fitness classes are one of the most enjoyable way to get your cardio in!

Dance fitness classes provide a fun and sweaty workout - even for those who consider themselves uncoordinated! Dance fitness classes are fun for everyone; most classes work at all levels offering modified movements for beginners or those with injuries and ways to add difficulty for the more advanced. For most dance fitness classes, no previous dance experience is necessary.

Dance fitness classes utilize different muscle groups and offer a full-body aerobic workout. Often, different routines help to tone and shape different muscle groups. And, typically, dance fitness classes engage the core throughout the entire workout.

Dance fitness classes improve coordination and rhythm. Balance improves and fat is burned due t…

Tap Dancing Benefits

Tap dance is not only fun to learn and fun to perform, but it also includes a few health benefits!

Some benefits include:

Cardiovascular conditioning.Strengthening of the legs and feet.Increased flexibility in the hips, knees, and ankles.Improved coordination.Increased cognitive abilities.

Tap dancing is a solo dance style meaning you do not need a partner to do it. No uncomfortable partnering situations when you join a tap class. Tap is definitely fun to do in a class with others. The rhythms all in sync is pure magic!

Children can start learning tap at age six. However, tap can be learned well into adulthood. Tap dance classes can be customized for any fitness level.

Any activity that helps to strengthen our balance and flexibility is good for long-term health. Tap dance definitely helps to improve your balance and your posture. Tap increases flexibility in the hips, knees, and ankles which keeps us moving!

Dancers Need to Take Beginner Classes (Especially Those Who Consider Themselves Advanced!)

A beginner dance class is great training for dancers of all levels. If you’re just starting to dance, then it may be tempting to jump into advanced class. They look super cool and can definitely push you to your limit. But, if you are just starting out it really is best to start from the ground up. Take a beginner dance class! If you are a seasoned dancer, beginner classes are a great way to strengthen the foundation for your movement. A beginner class will allow you to really focus on details of your technique and execution. So how exactly does a beginner dance class help you become a better dancer? 1. There’s less pressure in a beginner dance class Not to say that all advanced classes are competitive, but there is a sense of going big. In a beginner dance class, the vibe is a little less intense. The dancer is not trying to kill a piece or impress anyone. Instead a dancer can enjoy the simplicity of the movement and have fun with the other dancers in class. The nurturing, no-pressure…

10 Things Your Dance Teacher Might Not Tell You

Dance teachers want their students to succeed!Dance teachers work just as hard outside of the studio! Researching, training, choreographing, music editing, performance prepping, office work, and more.Dance teachers love to be thanked.When dancers are tired and a little sore, it means they have been working hard and the dance teacher feels they have done their job well.Not everyone can be a dance teacher, it involves patience and passion.Dance teachers are love when their dancers reach their personal goals!Dance teachers know that the best dancers are the ones who are respectful, work hard, and apply corrections!Teaching dance involves much more than simply teaching steps.What dance teachers want most is to share their passion for the art of dance!Dance teachers consider you part of their dance family for life!

8 Things You Can Eat Before Dance Class

Dancer's need to be properly nourished and hydrated. Like any physical activity, taking a dance class requires high energy levels, concentration, focus, and strength. One way to meet these expectations is to eat foods before the class that will help you meet these requirements. Not eating before a dance class and not being properly hydrated can leave you feeling weak and exhausted.

According to research, it is better to eat at least one to two hours before a dance class rather than right before the class begins. Dance class can bring on physical exhaustion, pain, and soreness. Eating certain foods can possibly alleviate some of the soreness and exhaustion. Here are a few suggestions on what you can eat that will give you energy, good nutrition, and help you stay focused.

1. Hummus and Pita Bread/Vegetables

Hummus is nutritious and goes well with pita bread and/or vegetables. Hummus is a good source of protein and fiber. Chickpeas are used in hummus and are high in iron, folic aci…