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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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    What Is Hiplet? The Dance Craze That’s Making Waves.

    In the ever evolving world of dance, more and more exciting styles are coming out to play all the time- remember when krumping was the new thang? Well, now a new style has come to my attention and no I’m not talking about fortnight. I’m talking about Hiplet! Ever heard of it? Nope, me neither (until the other day, that is.) So what is Hiplet, you ask? Hiplet is a new and exciting fusion between ballet and hip hop. Remember Save The Last Dance? (Julia Stiles, what a delight.) This movie is famous for fusing ballet and Hiphop in a relatable way. If you haven’t watched it, check out this…

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    What Is Smart Goal Setting? The Marriage Of Creativity And Logic

    In a world that is divided by those of us that thrive on productivity and those of us that are left floundering and haven’t quite got the memo, knowing how to set goals has never been more important. As a result focused society, in order to thrive we need to know how to structure our goals to carry them through to completion, and this is where S.M.A.R.T goal setting comes in. So exactly what is smart goal setting and how do we use it? Don’t worry, I’ll get to that. But first let’s look at the problems (backwards I know- am I piquing you’re interest?) Structure is great and all,…

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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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