Practising dance at home
How to stay fit at home during a long break can be a big worry for dance students, and even more so with the uncertainty of when dance schools will re-open.
However, while you can’t physically attend a dance class, there is lots that you can still do at home to keep active and in good shape for your return.
Try to put a positive spin on what is a difficult. This could be the perfect opportunity to work on areas you feel are slightly weaker, such as flexibility or core strength.
Check with your dance teacher if they can offer live or pre-recorded dance sessions for you. They may be able to offer live dance classes to a group or on a one-to-one basis. Don’t be dismayed if your teacher can’t offer this (some dance insurers won’t cover online sessions) – there is still a lot that you can do at home yourself.
Even if your teacher can’t offer a video session, perhaps they could offer a written plan for you to follow at home?
Waiver for taking part in Dancewear Central pre-recorded and live sessions
Before participating in any remote dance or exercise session, we advise you check your surroundings. Make sure you have enough space and that it is free from all obstacles. Please ensure the floor surface is suitable and that you are wearing appropriate footwear. You can read more about this here. We are unable to give you personal feedback due to the remote nature of these sessions. Therefore any child participating must have a suitable parent/guardian present, or have their consent for you to participate in this activity. You participate at your own risk and should only do those activities that you consider safe for your own body and the space that you are working in. Please warm up and cool down before and after the session.
Physical exercise, in all of its forms and with or without the use of equipment such as weights, bands or any other equipment that may be suggested by a Dancewear Central representative, is a strenuous physical activity. By taking part in any of our pre-recorded or live classes you represent that you understand that physical exercise involves strenuous physical movement, and that such activity carries the risk of injury whether physical or mental. You understand that it is your responsibility to judge your physical and mental capabilities for such activities. It is your responsibility to ensure that by participating in classes and activities from Dancewear Central you will not exceed your limits while performing such activity, and you will select the appropriate level of classes for your skills and abilities, as well as for any mental or physical conditions and/or limitations you have. You understand that, from time to time instructors may suggest physical adjustments or the use of equipment and it is your sole responsibility to determine if any such suggested adjustment or equipment is appropriate for your level of ability and physical and mental condition. You expressly waive and release any claim that you may have at any time for injury of any kind against Dancewear Central or any person or entity involved with Dancewear Central including without limitation its directors, principals, instructors, independent contractors, employees, agents, contractors, affiliates and representatives.
Strength disappears quickly when not dancing and so keeping up with this is key. For dancers, it is important that core, leg and foot strength are maintained.
You can always use programmes such as Progressing Ballet Technique or Pilates to help with keeping up strength in a more structured format, and the added benefit of these is that they work multiple muscle groups at the same time. Did you know that we sell the Tendu Exercise soft ball used for some Progressing Ballet Technique exercises?
Using equipment such as a wooden balance board can be extremely helpful in maintaining strength and balance.
Be careful taking class at home
If you’re taking a class at home, you must be careful that you are not going to put yourself at risk of injury – especially as you don’t have a teacher with a watchful eye on you. Be careful of slippy floors, sharp corners on furniture, valuable ornaments, pets and young children. Take a look at the situation around you and assess whether it would be safe for you to dance at home. Also make sure that your clothing is suitable and hair tied out of the way, as it would be in class.
It is not advised that you practise pointe work at home because of the unsuitable floor surfaces. But why not consider using this time for strengthening with an exercise band. Sometimes, taking a moment to go back to the basics can prove useful in the long run.
The time off from dance class could be used for some stretching at home. Maybe this is a great opportunity to work on that pesky left-leg split?
Don’t forget to warm up and cool down and keep your stretching safe – always follow what your dance teacher has advised you to do. You can always use a Tendu Stretch Loop or Flexistretcher for extra help with stretching – why not ask your teacher to give you some specific exercises using these to target any problematic areas of your flexibility?
Plus, make sure that your clothing is comfortable. Warm ups can be ideal for keeping heat in to keep muscles safe.
Keeping up your stamina is hugely important. If you’re not able to leave the house, why not consider skipping with a rope? Professional boxers use skipping for keeping up with cardio and staying light on their feet. It doesn’t require any expensive equipment, either. Without your dance teacher reminding you to take water breaks, it’s important to keep hydrated.
Tidy your dance bag and leotard collection
Tidy dance bag, tidy mind?
Life as a dancer can get pretty hectic, and with drawers bursting full of dancewear and bags overflowing with warm ups, food and accessories, now might be a good opportunity for a spring clean.
Take a look at your leotard collection. There are probably some leotards at the bottom of the drawer that you haven’t seen for years! Throw out all the tights with ladders and ballet shoes with holes. Make a note if there is anything you need replacing ready for returning to classes.
Take a look at our sale for any discounts on items you might need replacing, and without breaking the bank. Don’t forget that we offer next day delivery.
Check your accessories, too, such as hair grips and hair nets. We all know how these magically disappear! Channel your inner Marie Kondo and get sorting through your things. It might be surprising what you find!
Please ensure all dance spaces are safe before you commence any dance activities outside of your usual dance school. Dancewear Central accepts no liability for injury that may result from carrying out of the aforementioned activities at home.