Yay! The May/June 2013 Newsletter is finally online! This month we discuss Acupuncture as an addition to your health care, learn a bit more about the Gluten-Free craze, and discuss the importance of bringing mindfulness and learning mindfulness through dance. Have a beautiful day!
Its a slow start for this writer up here in the frozen North. Our temps drop and I personally feel like hibernating, as such my blogging frequency has slowed down. So, I thought I’d take advantage of the Dance Advantage round-up for January to give this blog a little kick in the pants for 2013. Participants have been asked to linkup their favourite top 5 posts from 2012 – and why these posts? Next to each you find out why they rock so much they needed to be heard again.
PS – I’d love to hear what you think of these posts too! If your interest is tweaked and you’d like to hear more about a specific topic, leave a comment to let us know.
Thank you Nichelle at Dance Advantage for this round-up!
Every-Body’s Got the Ability! In 2012, I began to explore and develop my own approach to teaching dance to youth and adults living with disability. This post is a particular favourite!
Fa la la la laaaaa la la Alignment! At the core of every dancers technique is alignment, and as a teacher I always bring corrections back to alignment — usually its the root cause of physical issues.
Giraffes Can’t Dance Encouraging my young students’ love of books and reading is important to me so I like to connect dance to different children’s books throughout the year. This one was a hit with the boys – and its so wonderfully illustrated!
Givin’ Your Knees the Lovin’ They Deserve This informative post on the structure of the knees is a collaboration between an amazing group of contributors who have supported this project since before we hit the internet. They keep me thinking, and also keep my body from falling apart!
AD4L Newsletter Last, but not least, I cannot close this post without mentioning our newsletter. Its a collaborative project that we hope will get the dance community (students, parents & teachers) thinking about health & wellness throughout the lifespan of their dance lives. Thanks again to the fantastic group of contributors who take time out of their hectic schedules to write thoughtful, informed works for this project.
[In September we moved to an online format – so the link will take you to ISSUU. As an Ipad addict, I am loving the online reader format that ISSUU offers as well.]
This month the AD4L Newsletter focuses on Performance. What is inside?
1. Dancing Free! Strategies for coping with performance anxiety with AD4L contributor Chantale Lussier-Ley.
2. Benefits of Healthy Fats & a recipe for a vegan snack from guest contributor Natalie Duhamel [check out her Smoothie of the Day E-book!]
3. Part 2 of our interview with AAADT dancer Rachael McLaren: Imagine the Possibilities for YOU!
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Give your audition a jump-start by warming your body efficiently pre-audition:
- Do a light cardio warm-up to increase your heart rate and consequently increasing blood flow to your muscles (= heat in the muscle).
- Continue with movements reflective of the dance form. E.g. Ballet movements for a ballet audition, jazz movements for a jazz audition, etc.
- Be sure to do a few jumps before entering your audition. You’ll want to ‘find your legs/jump’ before performing!
- Take a moment to do some light stretches incorporating your breathing. This will help to calm your nerves as well as bringing energy rich oxygen to your muscles.
Lastly, do dress for confidence in your audition. Wear dance wear that makes you feel good about yourself.
Watch for an upcoming guest blog post on how
your warm-up influences your performance!