Ice, Ice, Baby: How Ice Works on Injuries

Something happens in dance class: you tweak something, you landed a little funny, you felt something... odd.

Our first reaction - after looking at the injured or "funny feeling" area - is to grab an ice pack. What is happening when we ice an injury? Is ice helping or hurting us? What process does ice go through? Let's discuss ICE!

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Advice From Dance Moms to Dance Moms

At Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins, we often get questions from parents who are at a crossroads. Their daughter or son has been taking dance for awhile, and it's time to make a choice: "How serious are we going to take this dance thing?"

Decisions must be made. Pre-professional dance training, and competition dance teams, are a large time and financial investment. There will be hours and hours of classes, rehearsals and traveling. There will be tuition, travel expenses, competition fees and costumes. Your child will be dealing with the stress of handling school work and dance work.

Questions must be answered: Is your child ready? Is it too much? If you don't allow them to do the pre-professional or competition track, are you holding them back? Is it too hard? Is your child emotionally able to handle it? Will they still perform well at school?

So Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins sat down with some moms who have been in this exact spot. And all they all admitted one thing: It's a stressful place to be in!

Dance moms Gina (mother to Robbie Downey, or @balletbabble), Tori (mother to @real_world_ballerina), and Angela (mother to Sheena Jeffers, content creator for Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins, @balletbobbypins) talk about their experiences at the "dance crossroads."

So here it is, straight from dance moms: Advice from the hearts and minds of moms who have been exactly where you are.

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Photo: Liza Minnelli as a child (daughter of Judy Garland & Vincent Minnelli). She went on (and is one of the few artists) to win four Tony Awards, an Oscar, an Emmy Award, two Golden Globes, and a Grammy Legend Award.

Back Flexibility: I Want it! What's the deal?

We all desire an endlessly flexible back that will allow for the most beautiful cambres. But, for each dancer, the range of motion is different. Today we discuss the spine and its possibilities!

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Photo: "Cambre" by Richard Calmes

Perfect Gift Ideas for Your Dance Teachers

You want to buy your dance teachers a gift. But you have no idea what to get them! If you've ever wondered what to get your dance teacher or your child's dance teacher, we can help you! Here are some cheap gift ideas that dance teachers adore (and can use in the studio!)

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Understanding the Medication Dancers Use

Dancers' bodies take some beatings from the demands of physical movement. There are bruises, muscle strains, ligament sprains, and just an overall, general soreness that we experience. Sometimes our pain necessitates the use of over-the-counter medication. It is important to know what you are taking, why you are taking it, and how your body processes the medication.

Today, we are talking about dancer medicine!

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Alys Shee: A Ballerina to Watch

Alys Shee was recently listed by Pointe Magazine as one of the Top 10 Corps dancers to watch. That is because the soon-to-be 19-year-old (on July 4) is capturing the attention of companies and ballet audiences with her stunning extensions, endless turns, and powerful jumps. Shee was born in Toronto, Canada, and she started dancing because her aunt would babysit her while her parents were at work. "Ballet was her idea. I was 3. I loved it," Shee said. At age 13, Shee was already performing flawless fouettes en pointe, which you've most likely seen on YouTube! By age 19, she has already danced with American Ballet Theatre II, Canadian Ballet Theatre (Soloist) and as a guest with South African Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Rochester City Ballet and San Antonio Ballet.

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Photo of Alys Shee by: Aleksandre Antonijevic

Shee, who describes her dancing as a "work in progress" and said she wasn't nervous at all on her first day with Birmingham Royal Ballet talked with Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins about growing up in the competitive ballet world.

Ballet in America: 5 Facts

Ballet began in Paris, France in 1661. It traveled from there to Italy and Russia, where ballet masters continued to teach and improve upon ballet's methods. Somehow, Ballet made it to America. But how, when, where, why and by whom? The history of ballet in America is rich, and full of interesting stories. Below, we have listed five short facts to know on ballet in America.

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Real_World_Ballerina: Student, Comedian, Dancer

Ballet and humor? Oh yes. Real_world_ballerina knows how to keep it real!

You may be one of the 15,000 following her on Instagram. Real_world_ballerina (who prefers to go by her Internet handle) is vibrant, full of life, energy and positivity. But she also knows about discipline, focus and the seriousness that is required when studying ballet. Hence, real_world_ballerina was born. The 17-year-old pre-professional ballet student from Orange County, California, has been featured by Pointe Magazine and Dance Spirit for capturing the humor and hard work that lies behind the scenes in the ballet world. Today, she talks with Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins!

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Sports Medicine & Dance

Every dancer knows that injuries are very real. We strive to perfect our technique, we spend time warming our bodies up, and we use our plie in order to prevent injuries, but sometimes... they still happen. Injuries can occur due to overuse or a single incident. The more we know about body mechanics, the better prepared we are to approach our dancing and healing from injury.

Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins sat down with Dr. Raymond Solano to ask some dance-related questions about sports medicine.

Know Your Warm Up

Before asking our bodies to do the physical demands required in dancing, we need to adequately prepare. A proper warm up will enhance your performance but it will also prevent injury. Sometimes, we feel rushed or pressed for time, and we hurry through a warm up, only to find later that we are sore or tight. Our bodies crave a quality warm up. In other words, before you start dancing... you should be sweating! Let's talk warm up!

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This v. That: Ballet

In ballet, there are so many terms that either sound alike, look alike or seem eerily similar. They're the set of words that always get switched in your brain or make you think a little harder on which is which. Stress no more! We are here to help you see and feel the difference in seemingly similar ballet terms.


 

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