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    How To Set Goals And Actually Achieve Them- A Dancer’s Guide

    Ready, set, go! So we are now into the second week of the new year. Be honest, have you kept your New Years resolutions? Or are you waving them fondly farewell as they disappear off into the distant horizon that is good intentions? Please know it’s totally ok if you haven’t, no judgement here. New year seems to be one of those things people love or hate- kind of like marmite. Me personally? I love it. It’s a chance to take stock- what’s working, and what needs to be adjusted to get to where you want to go. Of course this is an ongoing process throughout the year, but it’s…

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    Best Dance Workouts- Fun, Free And From The Comfort Of Home

    Hey there! Today’s post is quick and to the point, so that you can get to doing more of what this’ll is all about- dancing! I don’t know about you, but with exercise if it’s not dancing I won’t do it! Me and the gym? Not friends. So how do you stay motivated when you can’t get to class? Well luckily we have the wonderful world of YouTube! Of course, you can get into a routine at home and do the same thing every day, but after a while it just gets… stale. And having someone talk you through it, is just more fun than doing it on your own.…

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    Acupressure Mat Review

    Product: Acupressure mat Price: £13.57-£28.21 Place to purchase: Amazon Rating: 10/10 Acupressure has been around for over 3000 years, and now with the help of a not quite magic carpet, we can utilise it in our own homes. For those of us new to the concept of acupressure (the less invasive cousin of acupuncture) it’s an ancient Chinese practise based in alternative medicine. It works on the principle of sending signals to the body through meridians (also known as acu-points) to activate it’s own rejuvenating and self-healing abilities. Now if alternative medicine feels a little too out there or woo woo, that’s ok! I’m not here to convince you, simply…

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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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