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    15 Ways To Have Fun Stretching-Get Your Happy Back

    Stretching is like running, the more you do it, the more enjoyable it feels (or so I hear- I generally only run when late for a bus!) Anyway the point is- to be good at it, like most things you have to do it, well, every day. Hurrah! Ok, I know, I know, that’s probably not your go to response, it doesn’t exactly overload the fun-ometer. But it can! So let’s look at some ways we can make it put a spring in your step, rather than have you running for the hills. Here are your 15 top tips to have fun stretching. 1. Let the good tunes roll: You’ve…

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    Christmas And The Rockettes- Moves To Improve Dancing Skills

    So now December has approached and there is a fresh nip to the air, it is officially time for eggnog latte’s (thanks Starbucks,) ice rinks and all things that sparkle. And with the queens of sparkle themselves about to put on their annual famous Christmas’s Spectacular, I couldn’t let this holiday season pass without talking about the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. If you haven’t ever seen them dance, check out these magical clips from their Christmas Spectacular: Even though we’re winding down towards Christmas, for performers all over this is a hugely busy time! So I thought I’d take this opportunity, whether you’re working, training or resting to talk…

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    A Flexibility Survival Guide- The Secret To Becoming (And Staying) A Flexible Dancer

    Beautiful lines. Extensions for days. Jetes that seem effortless. All in favour say ‘aye!’ These all come down to one little (but very loaded) word: Flexibility, (gulp.) One word that can imply a lot of work. Ugh, now that doesn’t sound appealing, does it? But it doesn’t have to be this way, at least not if you work it into your daily routine in a way that works for you. You see, flexibility and regularity are friends, so if you seriously want to a) become a more flexible dancer or b) maintain the flexibility you have it’s important to find a routine in keeping with what works for you. The Roadblocks…

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    Cheap Ballet Shoes- My Faves!

    For a dancer, ballet is very much your bread and butter. It will add to pretty much anything you do- with the exception of street and hip hop (unless we’re talking Hiplet, but that’s a different post!) So the first thing you need is a good pair of ballet shoes, and for most of us that needs to be at a reasonable price. Of course there are also times when we want a more specialised pair and for that we spend a little more. But don’t worry, whether you’re feeling thrifty or splashing out, I’ve got you covered. And either way you’re getting all bases covered for the best possible…

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    Turn Board Pro- Novelty Or Genius?

    The turn board pro looks much like a normal turn board. For those of you new to them, a turn board is a durable curved piece of plastic, which lessens friction with the floor allowing the dancer execute a higher number of turns more easily. The turn board pro takes this one step further, as it has built in sensors to detect your overall form, speed and number of turns you execute. This can be a great assist as it’s the next best thing to physically having your teacher in the room. About The Turn Board Pro And How It Works The board connects to your phone through Bluetooth and…

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    Get Your Penché Breakthrough: How To Improve Your Penché In Ballet Class

    Disclaimer: my penché is not 180- at least not without me physically holding it there! But I am happy with where it is, for where I’m at right now. There have been things that I have worked on in the past which have helped to get it higher, so I wanted to share these here. 80% of this post is oriented around flexibility, simply because without the facility, it won’t matter how much you work the right muscles, the leg simply won’t make it! But the good news is once you have the range, you can raise your strength game to meet it. And no surprise, the more flexible you are,…

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    The Turn Board For Dancing- To Buy Or Not To Buy?

    You know how you get those amazing dreams where you’re doing pirouettes with 10 revolutions or more? It’s the dancers equivalent of the more common flying dream, sigh… For most of us this is a feat best left to the likes of Baryshnikov, however one tiny little piece of plastic could get you much closer to that dream than you previously thought possible. I am of course talking about the turn board. Turn boards have been the rage in the dance world ever since seen in the dance documentary First Position. But did you know that they were originally created with ice skaters in mind? This is because ice skaters…

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    Dance and Health- Using Meditation For Wellness.

    I’m going to start this post by challenging you to answer 1 question: What is the most important organ in my body for me as a dancer? The answer may surprise you- some of you may have gone with lungs or heart or even intestines for digestion. But actually it is your brain that governs all these things- it is responsible for your heart rate, your breathing, even your hormone regulation. You may by now be thinking that yes, but this is a given, the body does it automatically, and you’re not wrong. But the brain does not always stay in a state of optimum health on it’s own. And…

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    Dance And Heels 101- Everything You Need To Know.

    Ah heels, one tiny sharp little piece of iconography that in one fell swoop has the ability to imbue us with the grace of a goddess, or dent the ego as you stumble around like Bambi learning to walk. Needless to say, I’m talking about DANCING in heels, not walking in them (although this may be the case if having had one too many- I’ll have a gin ‘n’ tonic please.) So often with dance and heels we take it as a given, it’s assumed rather than seen as something that needs separate attention but heels just like pointe work require time and dedication to gain command and mastery of.…

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    Overcoming Stage Fright When Dancing- 12 Tips To Put Your Best Foot Forward

    Ah stage fright. Two tiny little words with a BIG emotional load. Some people like it, and claim a little nerves helps them give their best performance whilst for others it’s more akin to wanting to make you run for the hills, assume a new identity or fake a heart attack as a temporary viable solution. Whilst I can’t deny the thrill that comes with doing something you previously felt incapable of for sheer terror, I am not one that falls in the camp of subscribing to a lot of stage fright being good for you, at least not in the long term. Whilst it may be fine, albeit uncomfortable…