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    Am I A Highly Sensitive Person? The Link Between Creativity And High Sensitivity

    Have you ever heard things like- ‘you just need to toughen up,’ ‘you shouldn’t be crying,’ or ‘let it go?’ (And no, I don’t mean the Frozen song :P.) Most likely if you have, at some point your depth of feeling has been perceived as weakness (which by the way couldn’t be further from the truth.) It also means that it is incredibly likely that you are that rare unicorn type, also known as a Highly Sensitive Person. Hooray! Being in the performing arts industry isn’t easy for anyone, but for a highly sensitive person, if you don’t know how to wield and function in your sensitivity, it can be…

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    Dance For Singers And Actors- A Dance Terms Glossary— Part 1

    So you’re in the industry! Maybe you’ve landed your first singing job at a holiday park, but have no idea how to move. Or perhaps you’re an actor and just want to survive the movement round at that all important audition. The fact is, whether you love the feeling of moving your body to music, or it makes your brain feel constipated, chances are sooner or later you are going to have to demonstrate or be willing to learn how to move (don’t panic.) The good news if you have 2 left feet, is that everyone can learn (it just may take longer for some than others depending on your…

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    How To Improve Dancing Execution Instantly

    Dance is a labour of love. But if we’re honest, everyone wants to know how to improve dancing ability instantly. They say the key to mastery in anything, is 10,000 hours. And the truth is that’s just the start, because as an artist you never stop growing (if you do, you’re doing something wrong.) It takes hours of blood, sweat (and yes, sometimes tears) to gain mastery in the many skills required to dance like a pro. But the good news is, there are things you can put into place which will instantly take your dancing to a new level of proficiency and up level you as a dancer. And…

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    Bob Fosse Dance Style- The Technique And Moves You Need To Know

    If you’re a musical theatre maven of any kind, then the name Fosse is probably as familiar to you as your morning cup of joe. And even if you’re not, chances are you’ve happened across his work, or influence, quite possibly without even realising it. The Bob Fosse dance style is unlike anything that has been before or since him, and many modern day bigwigs have drawn on his aesthetics in creating their unique style that we all know so well. Those iconic Jackson moves? He actually drew lavishly on Fosse’s use of movement when creating the signatures of the movement. That Beyoncé single ladies dance that we all bust…

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    How To Improve Dancing Skills And Ability—Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

    So from time to time, in every dancers career it’s inevitable that at some point we will find the steps too hard. It can feel frustrating, and ugly and if we don’t know how to use it to spur us on, we can leave feeling disheartened. So what do you do in that situation where a class is too hard, or in an audition when you can’t pick up all the choreography? Or how about if your technique just isn’t where you wish it were? Here is the ammo you’re going to need to hit the target of your goals head on. I’m going to address how to improve dancing…

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    What Is Musicality In Dance And How Can I Use It?

    Musicality is a term bandied around a lot in the industry, and for every dancer as you progress and hone your skill, you realise that technique is a beginning, not an end. But what exactly is musicality and how can we tap into it? In a nutshell it comes down to how we interpret what we are hearing. Dance is almost like a physical reflection of the piece we can hear. So ask yourself: If this piece of music were to be viewed as movement, what would it look like? With this in mind, let’s delve a little bit deeper into this. Here I’m going to be talking about the…

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    10 Ways To Dance In Quarantine And Progress MORE Than You Ordinarily Would Have.

    Who knew 2020 would look like this? It is a massively challenging time for everyone, and we are all asking ourselves how we can adapt our lives at home to fit our work, joy and hobbies into a smaller scaled environment. This is true for everyone and despite dance being an art form that is typically designed for space and travel, is very much being kept alive though online means, keeping that discipline and joy in steady supply and free flow. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s a testament to the art of dance that all over the world dancers are dancing in their living rooms, kitchens,…

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    Treat Recipes For Athletes And Dancers- Yes, You Can Have Your Cake And Eat It

    I openly admit that I LOVE treats. In fact, my friends laugh because if given the opportunity I eat dessert first. This harks back to junior school when I started having packed lunches to take and realised I could get away with it! It’s good to have a little of what you fancy, and I love to have a sweet treat daily. I look forward to it and savour it. But as dancers and athletes, we’re conscious about what we put into our bodies. It’s not always easy to find low calorie treat recipes for athletes, so I thought I’d share 3 of my favourites. These are all under 300…

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    Getting And Maintaining A Dancers Shape- Healthy Weight Management, The Lifesum Way!

    Do you ever feel powerless when it comes to your weight? Maybe you wish you could just finally lose the weight and keep it off. Or maybe you’re at the other end of the scale (love a good pun) and doing everything you can, but just can’t seem to put it on! Or, maybe you just want to know how to stay where you are, without having to worry about it. I hear you. As dancers, we put our body’s under fierce scrutiny and often aren’t our own best friend. We spend hours in class looking in the mirror. Getting and maintaining a dancers shape is harder for some of…

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    Ballet Beautiful Review- The Book

    Never has exercise at home been more necessary and needed. (Whose missing ballet class?) Because pre-corona world, I was moving to different places on different jobs, I really wanted something that would keep me tapped in to ballet, even when I wasn’t able to get to class. So the past couple of weeks I delved into Mary Helen’s world of Ballet Beautiful, as it seemed like the perfect time. In this particular Ballet Beautiful review I’ll be focusing on the book (more to come on the videos later.) In a nutshell ballet beautiful is based around a series of exercises that aim to imbue you with the grace, strength, tone…

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