Improvement Series, RA Dance Blog, Training Help

Dance on the Brain: Dizziness

We all have our own perception of what dizziness actually is. The word itself is used to describe a variety of bodily sensations that many patients cannot accurately relay to those treating them (Sloane, et al., 2001). When using the word dizzy many of us tend to be describing the continued sense of spinning, despite… Continue reading Dance on the Brain: Dizziness

RA Dance Blog, Welcoming Well-Being

Welcoming Well-Being: How Dance can help the brain.

Dance can help change the brain. This statement seems sweeping and unfounded, and yet it is true. Much like how our life experiences change the brain, dance can also. I've previously written about how dance can help those with Parkinson's, a neurological condition that can also affect the mental health of a patient (Read More… Continue reading Welcoming Well-Being: How Dance can help the brain.

Improvement Series, RA Dance Blog, Training Help

One Move at a Time: Beats (or more formally entrechat)

Jumping has long been one of my favourite parts of dance class. Not because I'm good at it, I have a habit of not using my plié as much as I should that I'm trying not to pass on to my student. But just because I enjoy it. Jumping forms the basis of many moves,… Continue reading One Move at a Time: Beats (or more formally entrechat)

RA Fitness Blog, Training Help

Development Series: Recognising Contributing Factors of Injury.

In May last year I wrote an article outlining common dance injuries and ways to treat them. This post can be viewed using this link; https://radancefitness.com/2017/05/17/injuries-in-dance/. Similarly to that post, this weeks post will also focus around injury. Informing you of external factors that can contribute to injury, in order for you to have further education… Continue reading Development Series: Recognising Contributing Factors of Injury.

Improvement Series, RA Dance Blog

One Move At A Time: Leg Holds

The leg hold is a challenging move that I usually only begin to try with senior dancers. There are components that make up this move that can be tricky for younger dancers to pick up. That being said strong dancers of any age can grasp this move with a little practise. The components that make… Continue reading One Move At A Time: Leg Holds

Improvement Series, RA Dance Blog, Teaching Tips

One Move At A Time: Chaine Turns

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Traditionally a ballet step, the chaine turn can be one type of turn that children begin to try at a very young age. Constant spinning as they travel along pretending to be a tornado or spinning top will create something that looks like a chaine turn. Many children will probably… Continue reading One Move At A Time: Chaine Turns

Improvement Series, RA Dance Blog, Things We Don't Tell Students, Training Help

Things We Don’t Tell Students: Flexibility

I've been teaching students for nearly 3 years now and throughout that time I've noticed there's a few things as a teacher I leave out when talking to my students. I'm not, yet, a full-time dance teacher but am still in regular contact with students 4 nights a week. These trends may only be within… Continue reading Things We Don’t Tell Students: Flexibility