Fall is on the horizon, and that means back to the dance studio full time. Dancers go through grueling week after week classes perfecting technique, practicing, and preparing for performances. Check out our tips below to keep yourself in top form this fall.
1. Don't Sweat the Technique
Do your best to never miss a ballet class. Practice makes perfect when it comes to technique, and ballet is the foundation of all styles of dance. Don't like ballet? Train your brain use your hour and a half ballet class as an opportunity to focus on de-stressing and feeling your body's muscles work.
2. Get Nutritious
Dancers lead busy lives! Being on the go means grabbing a snack here and there and eating at odd times. Try out a few of our new favorite "superfoods", they're more nutrious and easily replace foods that you're already used to.
Greek Yogurt instead of Low-Fat or Non-Fat Traditional Yogurt:
Replace traditional low-fat yogurt with Greek yogurt. Instead of artificial sweeteners and empty calories, you'll get more concentrated doses of vitamins B6 and B12 and magnesium, including about twice as much protein as regular yogurt.
Almond Milk instead of 1% Milk or Soy Milk:
As one of the most nutritious milk substitutes, almond milk has no saturated fat or cholesterol. It contains omega-3 fatty acids (the good stuff), about one gram of dietary fiber per serving, and vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, potassium, iron, fiber and calcium.
Quinoa (pronounced 'KEEN-wah') instead of Whole-Grain Rice or Cereal:
Quinoa is a gluten-free type of seed rich in amino acids, calcium, phosphorus and iron. The grains are cooked the same way as rice, but offer a higher nutritional value. Look for quinoa by itself, or quinoa enriched cereals.
3. Be Versatile
In order to "make it" in the dance business, you'll need to be versed in different styles, from ballet, to jazz, to musical theater, to hip-hop. Start now, and sign up for an additional class or two in a discipline that you're not as familiar with. Many studios offer flat rates if you take more than the required classes.
Being busy day after day, week after week can get stressful. Take at least ten minutes a day to relax and do something you love, whether it's reading a book, listening to music, enjoying nature, or getting crafty. This will help calm your mind, and keep you motivated when it's time to get back to work.
5. Get Inspired!
Take a break from school and work on the weekend and go see a performance. Check out your local community theater, see if any Broadway shows are touring in your area, or visit the closest city to see larger productions. You'll get exposure to new dance styles and other cultures.
Prime Time For Dance...
An update on our favorite dance TV shows! Don't miss So Yo Think You Can Dance on FOX, now in its ninth season, and Dance Moms on Lifetime, now in its second season.
So You Think You Can Dance (STYTYCD): This coming Wednesday, the Top 10 will perform with past season All Stars. Two dancers will be sent home at the end of the show, as America comes closer to two favorite dancers. Airs Wednesdays, 8/7c.
Dance Moms: This past week, the Abby Lee Dance Company moms battled each other over the theme of the group dance, and then traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC to try and beat Cathy's Candy Apples. Airs Tuesdays, 9/8c.
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