Supplementary training for dancers is a big thing and is becoming more and more important to support modern choreography and performances demands. Because of this people think ‘gym’. I will go to the gym and that will make me harder, better, faster, stronger - They get in to the gym and it is a totally different world compared to the studio or stage. More often than not people don’t use the gym as well as they could to support their technical and aesthetic movement training.
Failing is a good thing – both in training and in life. Failing in life can be quite hard hitting and may not present any positive silver linings for quite some time, so I will mainly be talking from a training perspective. In training, working out, body conditioning and practice you have to fail to know where you stand in your physical ability. This might be a physical bodily failing where you can lift a weight any more, run any further, or too tire to carry on – or this can
I was having a conversation with a dancer the other day, who pointed out to me that dancers never really work their back muscles as much as their front muscles, in their upper body, when it comes to technique class, choreography, or conditioning classes. The back needs to be addressed more in supplementary resistance work. Of course we do use our posterior muscles, within movement, and many dance movements, from floor work to partnering, but, It is very hard to work and devel
What is a compound exercise? A compound exercise is a movement that uses more than one joint. An example in dance would be a plié – using your hips, knees, and ankles to achieve the movement. Compound exercises use more than one muscle, so you can do more in less movement. Most functional movements in dance, such as travelling, jumping, and partnering are compound movements. So, in my mind, it would be a good idea to workout in this way too. A lot of people in the gym focus o
I bang on about supplementary training to compliment your dancing; this is one of FLUX’s main drives, along with pre-habilitation over rehabilitation. One thing to take in to consideration is that our bodies are a “use it or lose it” system. Basically if you don’t practice you wont get any better. Something I have been looking at recently is my dynamic muscle quality. Training explosive actions such as high jumps, distance jumps, explosive pushups (push up clap) to make sure
In the last few classes and auditions, I have taken, not one of them had an adequate warm up from a fitness/physical activity/scientific point of view.
A warm up should meet certain criteria: Raise the heart rate Mobilise the joints Light/dynamic stretches What this should achieve is: Increase blood flow to your muscles – enhancing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients. Warms your muscles to promote energy releasing reactions, and makes the muscle more supple. Prepares the m
So, dancers and their fitness – In a nutshell, a lot of us are not actually ‘fit to dance’. Any of you who have been to any of my talks, workshops, classes, have emailed me, skyped me, or just entered into a longer than average conversation, will have almost definitely have heard me say this. Dance UK’s research found that around 80% of dancers get injured each year. That’s a big number. Susan Simpson, the physiotherapist of the New Zealand School of Dance, states that 90% of