Summer is the ideal time – a natural breaking point – as most recreational dance studios follow the school year as well, with limited offerings during the summer.
This means two things:
- You’re extra super-duper excited to come back to dance when fall arrives
- You probably haven’t danced all summer, or have only danced a few times
The combination of these two things can get you into trouble if you're not careful.
Shoes and Dance-wear
Whatever your age, it's possible that you've grown a bit since last season (your shoe size can change when you gain or lose weight, for example, so being an adult doesn't automatically make you exempt), or that you've broken down your shoes over the previous season's use.
Inspect all shoes for wear, tear, and fit - and if needed buy new ones. Wear them for a brief period daily (around the house is fine) so you won't be prone to blisters your first class back. Be sure to adhere to your studio's dress code.
Flexibility & Stamina
It's not just blisters you need to worry about those first few classes back. Sure, you were dancing full out at last year's recital, but it's been months since then. Take it slow until your body adjusts to the pace of regular classes again. Stretch in the days prior to classes resuming for the season, and before and after every class you take to avoid injury.
Everything happens at once this time of year - school (which means homework), dance, other extracurriculars. Make a calendar for yourself so you’re organized and not stressed during class with homework or major projects bearing down on you.
Being able to attend classes regularly is the best thing for your stretch, stamina, and spirit. Account for all potential conflicts so that you can always be prepared to show up on time, ready to work, breathe, and enjoy every second!
Keep these things in mind and you'll be ready to rock a new year of dance.
Next week we'll talk about the MOST important thing you need for class - but don't worry, it doesn't cost a thing!
What's your favorite thing about starting the new dance season? Share in the comments!
IMAGE CREDIT: Melalouise