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.
Dancers are perhaps the best multi-movement athletes on the planet. Not only do they have to move through different levels, planes, axis and dynamics but they also have to artistically perform these movements with elite level aesthetics, often with lights glaring at them and what can frequently be a very judgmental audience. I personally class dancers as Athletic Artists as there has to be a balance between their athleticism and their artistry, but unfortunately the artist of
Make sure you know your weaknesses and tell your teachers and trainers – it is stupid not to. As a dance educator I believe it is very beneficial, if not essential, to have a good understanding of you personal anatomy and nutrition. As a dancer, this has been a huge advantage by understanding my muscular strengths and weaknesses, also muscular and skeletal imbalances. Nutrition wise I know how to optimally fuel my body for training, preforming and recovery. If nothing more it
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
We do this every night as a habitual activity – it gets dark, we go to sleep… usually. Outside of “sleep” dancers/performers/movers seem to find the concept of rest relatively unimportant and seem to think that “pushing through it” will be fine. First, lets change the word rest to recovery – this sounds a little more active and therefore more appealing/acceptable. The point of recovery is to allow your muscles, nervous, immune, mental systems to repaire and process the stress
Its great to be good at something, or achieve something first, or the work and effort to learn a new skill is easy, but often it is a lot harder. The journey of patience and persistence can be an epic one. There are so many barriers to over come regarding physical and psychological development. If you want to do something new and you are going to put in a great deal of time in patience and persistence you’d better get clear on what you are wanting to do. Get the big picture a
This is a big word for some people when applied to another person – it can be a big deal, But how is your commitment to yourself? What are you committed to with regards to you personal and professional development? Do you have goals and dreams? If not, why not?! If you do… good. Dreams are goals without a time frame, so get some goals that will take you to that dream, and then commit to them. Start small and simple – commitment has to be learnt like everything el
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