Interview with Nikita Johal- training styles and how prioritise are allowed to change
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I knew Nikita (@nikitajohal) from our time at drama school, being in the year above her I was able to witness her amazing talent and her...
- Jan 26, 2021
We need to breathe to live, we do it all the time…so why do we sometimes hold our breath when dancing or exercising? You would be...
- Jan 19, 2021
HYDRATION- Why is it so important?
The human body is made up of 50- 70% water. This water is lost throughout the day through perspiration, breathing, urination and...
- Jan 12, 2021
INJURIES- ICE OR HEAT?
This is something I get asked all the time…and the answer is interesting. The general advice for injuries in athletes in RICE (Rest, Ice,...
- Jan 5, 2021
The Lower Back - the good and the bad
Dance can put a large amount of stress on the back, especially as movement becomes more daring, more flexible and more difficult. The...
- Nov 10, 2020
Will weight training make me bulky?
This is one of the most common questions when it comes to women and fitness…. especially dancers. Resistance or weight training is...
- Nov 3, 2020
Calf Muscle Endurance - What? Why? How?
What is calf muscle endurance? Dancers need to be able to take a lot of load on their lower legs when they are dancing, from travelling...
- Oct 27, 2020
Interview with Helen Petrovna- training, performing and mad jumprope skills!
Helen Petrovna is an experienced professional performer having performed in several high energy productions including Legally Blonde and...
- Oct 13, 2020
5 Reasons your flexibility isn’t improving
1. Not warming up It is very tempting to sit on the floor as soon as you enter a studio and stretch your legs, however, if the muscles...
- Oct 6, 2020
Interview with performer Katie Monks- training, injuries and positive and negative fitness
I first met Katie Monks (@katiemonkslifeandfitness) on a production of ‘Fame the Musical’ we performed on a cruise ship for 2 months,...
- Sep 29, 2020
The core, is a term often mistaken for another word for abdominals, where actually the core is made up of a combination of muscles that...
- Sep 22, 2020
Dance through it?
So many times I have seen performers dancing on an injury, I've even done it myself. I know the feeling of frustration having injured yours
- Sep 12, 2020
Supplementary Training…what should I be doing?
*DISCLAIMER* There are many arguments around the term Supplementary training for dancers, some people love it or hate it. I have my own...
- Sep 7, 2020
Warm up wars…what actually makes a good warm up?
In my personal experience, and it may not be the same for everyone, both during my time in vocational training and hearing and seeing...
- Aug 24, 2020
Flexibility- What do we need to know?
Most dancers would say they want to be more flexible. From what we see on TV and social media, the perceptively “best dancers” are the...
- Aug 17, 2020
Mental Health in Dance, with Dr Lucie Clements
I personally work towards educating and encouraging learning about the body and physical training in dance, but what about the mental...
- Aug 16, 2020
Research vs Tradition
All dance genres have their own way of doing things. Each style has its own kind of warm up, exercises and steps or movements that have...
- Aug 16, 2020
Rest and recovery
Rest and recovery can come in many forms from the obvious getting a good nights sleep or having a day off to simply allowing yourself a...
- Aug 16, 2020
Why should cross training be so important to dancers?
The physical demands placed on dancers are the same as any athlete and yet throughout a dancers training the emphasis is always placed on...
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