In workshops and at your classes, you often hear, "Be a smart dancer!"
Being a smart dancer will help you, your fellow dancers, the choreographer and the performance piece much stronger. Let's break down what being a smart dancer includes.
Photo: Greta Hodgkinson gets ready backstage before performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Source: The Ballet Blog Tumblr
The air is crisper, and the notebooks and pencils are on sale. You know what this means: Summer is winding down and school is starting up. This also means: IT'S FALL DANCE SEASON! Nutcracker rehearsals will start soon, rehearsals for competitions are in full swing, and together, we are all really excited about moving to new levels and learning more dances and dance information.
Here are our quick and easy ways to prepare for a successful fall dance season!
Photo: Maria Doval Ballet
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!
"all nearness pauses, while a star can grow..." - e.e. cummings
The hours of rehearsal are over. Your body still bruised. But now, there's a stillness.