A famous dance proverb states: “good dancers are made, not born”. Yet the ‘making’ of a dancer involves a combination of many different elements, such as practice, technique, nutrition, and exercise. In our last exercise blog, we discussed how swimming is excellent for both cardiovascular health and a low-strain full-body workout. Today, we look at
Dance shoes will inevitably collect dust and floor wax. Unfortunately most dance shoes aren’t suitable for the washer or dryer. You should clean your shoes after every performance, or at least once a week to prolong their lifespan. You should also invest in a good quality shoe brush and chamois leather polish cloth.
With 26 bones and 26 joints, feet are a complex business! When the feet are growing – which can take up to twenty years – the need for care is especially important. Children love to dance, and dancing is an exercise that boasts a range of benefits. From good posture to social interaction, dancing can
In our last nutritional article, we looked at the vital role that water plays in a dancer’s body. We discussed how water is required for muscle repair and energy, and looked at the general importance of hydration. Today, we turn to a topic that many people find a little bit baffling: protein. We hear about
In the world of competitive dance, there are two sides of the stage. On the one hand, taking on an old classic and giving it a new twist. On the other, throwing convention out of the window and creating a new experience.
Should you be doing extra exercises to help you exercise? It may sound like a strange question, but working the body in a variety of ways can help to improve balance, strengthen the core, and enhance performance. This is something that dancers tend to take very seriously. Like any sport, we all know that dancing
Have you ever considered the importance of nutritional balance for your dance performance? The Internet is full of contrasting information about what we should and should not eat. It can be confusing and overwhelming. However, when it comes to dancers, there are countless academic studies that prove that hydration, protein, calcium, iron, and carbohydrates are
It may seem like mobile apps and ballroom dancing belong not so much in different eras as in entirely different dimensions. And it’s certainly true that in a time when digital connectivity sometimes encroaches upon the physical realm, activities such as dancing are more precious than ever.
Dancer’s bodies are elite instruments, tuned to a level of athletic perfection that celebrates the natural grace and poise of the human form. However, research continually shows that a surprisingly high number of dancers do not always have the optimum nutritional balance to keep their bodies healthy. Given that professional dancers have more concern with physical aesthetics
Few genres of men’s dancing attire are quite as evocative as the Latin style. Bringing together influences from Cuba and Africa, the music and performances in salsa are recognised throughout the dancing world for being something a little bit special. With their swirling energy, intricate choreography, and sensual intimacy, the Latin style is about making