How to dance through that growth spurt

August 17, 2015

Many young dancers understand the struggle of growth spurts (which occurs from ages 11 to 14 for girls and a little later for boys). It can be very difficult to control your body as it is going through these changes. During this time, the bones in the arms and legs grow asymmetrically to each other and also faster than the torso. Additionally, the upper spine grows faster than the lower spine, and muscles and ligaments don't grow as fast as bones causing them to become short and tight. This can lead a young dancer to lose flexibility, balance, endurance, stamina, and body awareness, along with weight gain and lower self-confidence. These changes are already tough for young people growing up but can be a bigger challenge for dancers. So, how do you get through it? Read on to find out more.


Why Dancers Should Meditate

July 20, 2015 

Dancers have to do so much to stay in dance shape. In between exercising, eating right, rehearsing, auditioning, and taking classes, they still have to somehow squeeze in working, a social life, and (if they’re lucky) some time to relax. It may seem hard to balance all those things at once, but adding one more activity can help you deal with the madness: take a few minutes a day to meditate. There are many benefits to meditating, some of which include decreasing anxiety, increasing energy levels, and boosting creativity. Not sure where to begin? Read on to get started!


Washington Wizards' John Wall Dances for Michelle Obama's
“Gimme 5 Challenge”

April 14, 2015

Washington Wizards star John Wall is already known for the dances he does on and off the court. Now, he is using those moves in order to participate in the first lady's Gimme 5 Challenge. As part of the Let's Move initiative, Gimme 5 asks Americans around the country to share 5 things that they do to promote living a healthy life and dancing is definitely a great way to stay fit! Check out the video of Wall along with other Wizards players!