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Returning To Dance From A Break

Returning To Dance?

Can you imagine a life in which you did not dance? This might be incomprehensible to some dancers, but for many, a break from the passion is exactly what they need. Stopping dancing for any period of time could be due to a number of reasons, the most common being injury. Another common reason is [...]

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Knee Nemesis

Knee Skeleton Diagram

Do your knees hurt when you land from a jump, go downstairs, do grands pliés, or sit with them bent for long periods of time? “Jumper’s knee” could be the problem, a strain of the patellar tendon that runs from the lower kneecap to the upper shin. It is common in male ballet dancers and [...]

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Love Your Leg Alignment

Leg Alignment

The key principles of alignment will help to prevent dancers from getting injured; during ballet classes you may hear, “knees over toes”, “turn out from the hip” and “don’t curl your toes up” but the principles are the same for any dance discipline. Keeping your legs strong and aligned properly means you are using them [...]

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Being Mindful Of Health

Health

In maintaining your health as a dancer it is important to consider all of the aspects of health which are equally as important as each other. For example nutrition through food and drink is used for the body’s every function, from muscle contraction to nerve impulses, with many nutrients taking on more than one job [...]

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The Many Facets Of Dance

Zumba Class

Regardless of your favourite dance discipline, it is important to maintain your practice in other dance forms to both complement and balance your training. Whilst one discipline may be concentrated on, it is beneficial both physically and mentally to take part in other dance forms other than your main interest. Many teachers encourage their students [...]

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The Inner Critic

Edgar Degas - Dancer Stretching at the Barre

Dancers are perfectionists, no matter how high the achiever. Despite this, needing constant approval from your teachers, peers and even yourself can be detrimental for you both physically and mentally. It can result in doing too much, feeling anxious and not making enough time for yourself. Great results can sometimes be at the expense of [...]

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Common Foot Problems For Dancers

Foot Thong

The feet are important to any human being, in terms of posture, gait and movement. For dancers the feet are constantly put under pressure as dance relies predominantly on flexible, mobile and healthy feet. Despite this there are a few common foot injuries in dancers: Hallux Valgus and Bunions The big toe tilts sideways towards [...]

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Turn Boards

Turn Boards

The benefits of turn boards can be debated. There are many aids, products and remedies for dancers on the market which help their training, however the pros and cons of turn boards can be identified easily. Seen in the dance film documentary First Position, it seems turn boards help dancers to master their pirouettes, improve [...]

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Memorising Combinations

Dance Steps

Surprisingly many dance students find learning new combinations tricky and challenging. Of course the more you try to learn new exercises quickly the easier it becomes, but there are a few tricks to make it easier. During class, it is important to learn the movement at a fast pace, and then perform these exercises simultaneously. [...]

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Conquering Stage Fright

Janet Leigh Screaming!

Fear backstage is common for at least 50% of performers, regardless of performance experience. More commonly known as “stage fright”, performance anxiety can be a constant problem or something that emerges over time. Stage fright can occur for many reasons, as well as bring unexplainable, such as because of an injury or recovery from one, [...]

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