Posts in Supplementary Training
Dancers' Warm up

What does ‘warm up’ bring to your mind? How do you warm up in the dance classes you take or in your own dance practice? Unfortunately, dancers often replace warm up with stretching and are found sitting on the studio floor before the class begins. There are two problems here. First, stretching does not provide any kind of warming up and does not prepare your body for dance training. Second, long lasting static stretches actually have many negative impacts on dance training followed by it. In reality, warming up should include raising the pulse, mobilising the joints, dynamic stretching, dance-style specific preparation, and mental preparation and getting focused.

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Pointe readiness

The first pair of pointe shoes are often bought when suggested and permitted by a ballet teacher. What is it based on? Unfortunately, usually on the dancer’s age, whereas it should be based on one’s physical individual abilities. In a group of ten 12-year olds there are equally many dancers all in different points of physical development, different types of bodies, and different levels of strength. Some are ready for pointes at the age of 12, some are not.

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Dancers' Turnout

Turnout is a factor that has an impact in dancers’ everyday practice. Still, there are many misconceptions surrounding turnout. Turnout is defined by one’s individual structure, and several anatomical factors affect it. Research has given information of the relationship between forcing turnout and injuries, but also about improving turnout safely.

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Stretching for Dancers

Traditionally, dancers are expected to be flexible and dancers’ stretching is a subject always under discussion. Sometimes it seems that dancers spend all available time for stretching. It is done before the class, during it, after it, and outside of the class while reading, eating etc. There is of course nothing wrong with stretching – stretching is good for you. Problems occur when stretching is done in an unfavourable manner.

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