Why do so many professional dancers practice yoga? It’s an important question. Yoga can seem quite remote and mystical, but it is a verified form of exercise that many professional athletes rely upon. Here’s what you need to know.
If you’ve ever ventured onto a ballet site, you’ll know that discussion of foot types is ‘the’ topic. However, it’s rarely mentioned in the world of Latin and Ballroom. This is a shame, because every teacher and dancer knows that feet have structural personality quirks that are as individual as the dancers that belong to
Tackling this common dancer’s headache can be challenging. Suede soles are the best material for gripping the floor, but can be one of the most difficult to work with. High quality professional dance shoes will have excellent suede, and this requires special care. Let’s take a look.
Can a dancer be vegan? It is a question that, a few years ago, nobody would have thought to ask. However, over half a million UK residents now practice the vegan diet, and the number is quickly growing. Given that professional dancers need high intakes of protein, everyone is asking: is it safe to try
During our exercise segments, we’ve been looking at different exercises that can help professional dancers. Today we’re tacking the elephant in the room: is dancing a good form of exercise? Everybody knows that (ahem – without the correct footware) it can lead to injury, but do the benefits outweigh the risks?
They are the second most common type of injury amongst professional dancers, but they can be horrible! One spinal injury tends to have a ricochet effect, leading to a range of problems with frightening names. Hyperlordosis, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, lumbar fracet sprains, and piriformis syndrome are all on the ‘to be avoided’ list. Here is a
Dancing language can often sound like a strange code. With the right guidance and teaching, it is very easy to learn, and anybody can pick it up. Today, we delve into the meaning of a word that every keen dancer will quickly become very familiar with. The figure. What is it, and what does it
In our last nutrition segment, we looked at the popular uptake of the vegan diet. Examining the literature, we found that it is perfectly ok for dancers to go vegan, as long as they focus upon their protein and carbs. But we’re wondering about vegan’s polar opposite, the paleo diet. Is it a good choice
The most successful companies have innovative environments, and Ray Rose is a firm supporter of this attitude. Innovation matters in the world of professional dance shoes because – like other sports such as athletics – great equipment really does make all the difference. When it comes to professional dancing, subtle developments in material technology and
It’s almost time! Each year, the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing introduces many new enthusiasts to the dancing community. It also poses a lot of questions for both the uninitiated and the experienced. Interestingly, many professional dancers have never been taught the history or facts behind their most famous moves. In our Strictly Countdown series,