Shopping is a pastime for many many people. This may be shopping in store, browsing wears, or scrolling through internet sites looking for a good deal. We all like getting hold of new things for lots of different reasons. Now dancers are the same. We all probably have way too many leotards in the cupboard,… Continue reading Improvement Series: Flexibility Accessories
It's the 15th of September, so halfway through the month. Throughout this month I've challenged myself to running everyday. Day 15 and I'm still going. Many do this kind of challenge in January or to raise money for charity. But for me, this month, I'm doing this for me. Over summer I didn't run very… Continue reading Running Every Day (RED)
Today I'm expanding the term 'one move' to mean more of a collection of steps that are used as one. This will become clearer when I explain, today's movement is a rhythm turn. A movement that is exactly as it states, you create a rhythm as you turn. The turn is broken into many little… Continue reading One Move At a Time: Rhythm Turns
There are a few misconceptions within the society that we live in. Not least that those who are highly active, athletes and dancers to name a few professions, are somehow more virtuous than the rest of us. In 2015 Eric Underwood, then a Royal Ballet soloist, with the help of the Telegraph wanted to change… Continue reading Dance and Smoking
With the new year quickly coming up, I thought it would be a great time to develop a little stretching plan to help improve you flexibility levels, especially after the holiday break! This plan is designed to take just under 30 minutes, each exercise targets different areas of the body and most are choreographed to… Continue reading Flexibility Training Plan
So much of the time as dancers we get caught up in doing the hardest steps we can think of, or putting in more tricks like leaps and turns to fill out are routines. In doing this it is easy to forget the basics and disregard steps we learnt as a beginner, but many of… Continue reading One Move at a Time: Tap Step
For many dancers a jeté is one of the first 'tricks' that they learn. While we may begin learning the move at a young age it can take a while to master the motion and coordination of the body that is involved with this action. This post will go through the move step by step,… Continue reading One Move at a Time: Jeté
For all professions, if you do a job for someone you'd be expected to be paid for that. Whether payment is simply your mate buying the next round of drinks or letting you borrow something, to the exchange of money as a professional courtesy. However so often within the dance industry people are expected to work… Continue reading Dancing for Free: Damaging yourself and others?
While I was teaching class last week, I had a question from one of my students. A question that I think many dancers will have at some point during their training, "how do I make this better?". The 'this' in question was her arabesque. But there are so many other moves and position that dancers… Continue reading One Move at a Time: The Arabesque
Within this society there is often an impatience behind an action and the reward it brings. We want to feel gratification for our actions as soon as we've done them. With activity there is the same need for immediate reward. If we go to the gym we *want* to feel the 'burn' in the muscles… Continue reading Improvement Series: Quantifying Achievements in Dance.