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?
The argument of whether dance is a sport or an art has been rumbling on throughout the modern age. With an older post by the Royal Opera House recently being retweeted by various ballet companies, it is an argument that is set to continue. The problem perhaps begins when we view art and sport as… Continue reading Cross Training: Can You Improve Your Dancing By Not Dancing?
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
When you're in school or university, many see organisation and planning as what the 'boring' or 'teacher's pet' type of people do. As these people also seem to be the one's that get things done on time and know all the due dates. Just because that is the stereotype doesn't mean it's true. For many… Continue reading Improvement Series: How to plan to be a better dancer.
For college students applying for university is a difficult time. Between studying for your final school exams and piecing together your future, sometimes things within prospective degree programmes can be overlooked. This isn't always the students fault. When I was applying for universities, I didn't know what to look for, what questions to ask. But… Continue reading Finding the Perfect Undergraduate Dance Degree For You
In dance we're often told to use our core muscles. To tighten them in order to hold our balance for longer. But the core muscles are also useful in terms of turning and stabilising transfers of weight. As the core muscles can control the force we produce, when turning you want just enough, too much… Continue reading Increasing Your Core Strength: Training Ideas
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.
Injuries can happen in every sector, in work-life and home-life. Paper cuts as you shift through the paper on your desk or accidentally dropping items on your toes as you move objects around the home. Working in a sector that heavily relies on your physically will increase the risk of injury, due to the workload placed on… Continue reading Injuries in Dance
For many dance schools the term times used are simply just the terms of the local school. However during this post I want to discuss other formats of term times that dance schools can put into place. When using the school term times as your dance school times, it's pretty easy to work out when… Continue reading Development Series: Dance School Term Times
Finding the right space for dance is often the most important factor of making or breaking your classes. Through my years of teaching I've held classes in a variety of different spaces, some of which have been great, others have had down sides. I thought that within today's piece I would write down my current… Continue reading Development Series: The Right Dance Space