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Sometimes when I dance, I have thoughts and ideas. I would like to share these thoughts and ideas with you which may actually serve as good dance tips for your dance development. Some of these dance tips are elementary and some, more advanced. I target all group levels in hopes you'll learn something or refresh your memory of something elementary you may have forgotten.

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  1. Ouch! We have all had them, so beware!

    Ouch oh the pain! We have all experienced the nagging stinging sensation behind and on the sides of the lower leg. It hurts to walk, jump or run leaving the dancer watching from the sidelines. You guessed it the dreaded shin splints. This form of injury usually occurs due to overuse or more often from improper use of the muscles around the shin bone. Shin splints are a common ailment, especially among beginning dancers. Then why write about it after all we are all trained professionals right. Yes but I too recently encountered the micro tearing of muscles behind the shin and traced the cause to a cool new pair of black Puma shoes! The most frequent cause of shin with insufficient support, fallen arches, lack of conditioning, and the impact from landing jumps on a hard surface. DOPE! What a dilemma the dreaded shin splints or the cool look of those irresistible pumas! Needless to say as a dancer the pumas have been retired. I even had a student offer to buy them but it would have been irresponsible of me to pass on such a dreaded curse to a fellow dancer.

    So how do you prevent shin splints? Always warm-up your calf muscles and ankles prior to any activity, try a strengthening exercise by sitting in a chair with both feet on the floor and keeping the heals firmly down tap the ball of your right foot on the floor for 5 minutes then repeat on the left. Learn to absorb gravities energy when landing jumps by using your plie and the strength of your intrinsic muscles in your feet.

    Remember shin splints can develop into stress fractures that can leave even the professional dancer sidelined for months so take precautions and talk to your teacher or trainer or seek medical advice for any persistent injury.

    See you on the dance floor!

  2. The Top 15 Reasons to Date a Dancer

    15. We've mastered the five positions perfectly.
    14. We have perfect hip rotation.
    13. We're used to getting on our knees and rolling around on the ground.
    12. We have excellent stamina - we can go for hours, even when it hurts.
    11. We have really good rhythm.
    10. We are used to perfoming in minimal amounts of clothing.
    9. Can you say nice legs?
    8. Our moves are always perfectly choreographed.
    7. We do it in front of mirrors.
    6. We're not as delicate and fragile as we look.
    5. We're perfectionists: we'll keep going until we hit it.
    4. After a quick intermission we're ready to go at it again.
    3. Sometimes, we perform multiple times a day.
    2. We don't mind getting hot and sweaty.
    1. One word: flexibility.

    You know.

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