With the school year beginning all around the U.S., so will the Fall season. Fall means lightly layered clothes, pumpkin spiced everything and chilly weather. As the weather begins to cool down bit by bit, there are a few tricks that dancers swear by to keep themselves warm and healthy. And that’s exactly what we’re getting into today!
Dressing the Part
Taking care of a dancer’s body as the weather turns is really about making sure that you’re keeping yourself warm. So, your main focus is going to be on your choice of clothing. You will never see a serious dancer or ballerina go out in cold weather without wearing the “unsung uniform” that’s become a staple in a dancer’s life.
Did you know that most common colds begin when the throat and nasal passages are insufficiently protected? A sore throat is usually one of the first signs of an upcoming illness. So, if you’re prone to seasonal colds, investing in a few heavy-duty scarves will be a wise decision.
2.) Sweaters & Coats
Have you ever heard of a chest cold? That’s another all too common form of seasonal illness that can be SO easily avoided. It may be tempting to show off your cute outfit by wearing your sweaters, jackets and coats unzipped. But, you’ll definitely feel the consequences of that decision in the form of painful chest coughs and congestion. Dancers need to be able to control their breath as they dance as to not get dizzy or light headed from moving too quickly or suddenly. Making sure that you bundle up will prevent much headache.
3.) Leg Warmers
These things aren’t just an 80’s fashion trend. Leg warmers are exactly what they sound like. They warm your legs! Dancers rely on their legs for most of their dancing. and pointe dancers? Forget about it! Imagine the impact of cold, tense muscles on a pointe dancer. The result is not a good one. Keeping your muscles warm helps keep them loose and flexible, which is necessary for a strong performance.
Let’s cover up these leg warmers, shall we? When the weather calls for it, bundling up as much as possible is the best way to be certain that you are doing your best to keep your muscles from getting too cold and tense.
Of course, use these tips at your own discretion! If you know the weather doesn’t require a scarf, leg warmers, a sweater, coat AND sweatpants, make the call for yourself. Does it feel like a scarf and light jacket kind of day? Good! Need a little more coverage? Do it! Just make sure that you are, in fact, dressing accordingly with the weather. The main focus of keeping warm in cooler weather is preventing muscle and other body injuries. Along with dressing to keep warm, we also recommend warm drinks like tea, hot water and lemon or honey. Do regular stretching even outside of the studio to keep yourself limber. Eat a healthy and warm meal to keep yourself warm from the inside out!
Remember, if you take care of your body, your body will take care of you.
Passion ~ Dedication ~ Artistry
They call them Twinkle Toes but, really…
Dancers are tough on their feet. This is no secret; this is no surprise. All of this rehearsal and constant exercise can really wear down your feet. Dancer’s feet or, as dancers love to refer to them, ugly feet are a constant topic for jokes. Every dancer has their own tricks to take care of their feet but, there are some that our readers may not know about! So today, we’ve gathered a list of some great tips for preventing damage and repairing damage you may experience during your dance career. Some are pretty well-known while others might surprise you. You’ll thank us later!
1. Barre Balm
This aromatherapy stick balm is a sensation in the dance community! After a long day of rehearsal, use this balm by applying it to the bottoms of your feet and putting on a pair of socks. Get off your feet and relax as the balm cools and soothes your aching feet.
2. Tennis Ball
This one is more well-known but, it never hurts to remind people about it!
A favourite for just about everyone, rolling a tennis ball along the bottoms of your feet is one of the most effective ways of working out any small, tight kinks and knots you may have worked up during a rehearsal or performance.
3. Frozen Water Bottle
A similar concept to the tennis ball, rolling a frozen water bottle along the bottoms of your feet is extremely soothing to feet that need a little extra TLC. If you’ve pulled a muscle or feel a bit too sensitive to work out the kinks with a tennis ball, do this. The cold temperature will help soothe some of the pain and relax your muscles for a bit.
4. Foot Alignment Socks
During rehearsals, your feet are constricted in very tight shoes which decreases circulation! Oh no! Well, have no fear! Alignment socks are here! Foot alignment socks are made with toe separators which will help increase circulation and improve the overall health of your feet. Poor foot health can effect not only your feet but your knees, hips, back AND neck! So, wearing these for a minimum of 15 minutes after rehearsal will help keep your feet in great shape.
5. Legs Up!
Laying on your back with your legs straight up against the wall is a great way to come down after an intense dance session. After being on your feet all day, putting your legs up like this help increase circulation and lowers your blood pressure! Not only is this a great way to get off your feet but, the lower blood pressure helps you wind down and relax for the night. Who can say no to that?
Remember that dance is not only about giving it your all, it’s about being the best you can by treating yourself in the best ways possible. So, take good care of yourself.
Passion ~ Dedication ~ Artistry