Archive for August, 2011

Listen to Your Body

August 29, 2011

I was going to take a Pi Yo class last Thursday, but every muscle and joint in my body ached. I listened and rested instead. Little did I know that I wouldn’t get to work out for many more days.  Irene forced us to change our plans so I didn’t teach on Friday or on Sunday.

I hated not dancing for so many days in a row! However I feel refreshed (although a little stiff). This article that I read last week has some merit:

Do you rest your body when fatigued or do you keep pushing?


Easy to Follow Dance Injury Prevention Book

August 22, 2011

Cover of Dance Medicine BookI just started reading Dance Medicine: Head to Toe: A Dancer’s Guide to Health by Judith R. Peterson.  I’ve read many books on this topic, but this book is easy to read and the illustrations help to explain the material.

I’m not looking to be a doctor nor am I trying to diagnose ailments that my students have. But I believe that it is important to understand the body when teaching dance and fitness classes.  I don’t want students to do anything in class that will hurt them. This is true for all of my students – young and old alike.

In addition to the pictures of the body, this book also has beautiful photos of dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet Company. It’s a nice to view those while trying to digest the technical information.

I recommend this book for dancers, fitness professional, dance teachers and welcome suggestions of other dance medicine/injury prevention books.

Follow Your Dream!

August 15, 2011

I can’t believe that I opened a dance studio! It’s been a dream since I was in high school. Of course I took the long road there (teaching at many studios part-time while working for New York State for 30+years).

We’ve been open for two weeks and I love it. What a joy to teach classes in my own place!

I didn’t do this on my own, though. First I must thank my parents for providing for all the dance lessons, driving me to the dance lessons and rehearsals, for assisting with dance performances, and for being there for support.

I also have many students over the years that have followed me from studio to studio. Some of them encouraged me to open my own place. Without that support, I’m not sure if I would have had the courage to open a studio.

But the person who really made this dream come true was my husband.  He didn’t push me one way or the other, but let me make my own decision. Once I decided to go for it, he was there every step of the way. He spent many vacation days painting, putting up barres, installing speakers, replacing light fixtures and light bulbs, hanging photos, and painting (I know I already listed painting, but that went on forever!). And to top it off, he worked very hard at the opening event and bought me a bouquet of flowers.

Thank you everyone!

And my advice to all is to follow your dream no matter how long it takes. It is definitely worth it!

What Do You Think about So You Think?

August 8, 2011

Yesterday, there was an article in the NY Times about “So You Think You Can Dance”. Five NYC professional dancers comment as they watch an episode of the Fox’s popular TV show.

I started watching the show three or four years ago. Before that I was reluctant to watch it, but then decided that it was important for me to stay on top of the dance world and know what my students were watching.

I have to admit that I don’t watch much of the show. I see the dancers dance and then fast forward through the commercials, the up close and personal clips, and the judges’ reactions. And I see even less on the day that they eliminate dancers. I watch the special guest star, and then catch the dancers “dance for their life’ (this is where they are in jeopardy of getting kicked off, so they dance a solo to try to stay in). All I see is the dancing.

I believe that the show has helped make dance more mainstream. But is it helping to cultivate a dance audience for live performances? I’ve noticed that the attendance at local dance performances is dwindling. It’s sad because the venues and companies are not going to be able survive without the audience. And there is nothing like a live performance!
At least the show does include performances by renowned dance companies. It’s just a tiny part of the show, though.

And of course with my love of ballet, I wish there was more ballet. The dancers are required to do many different genres of dance, but they don’t include ballet.

Do you watch the show? What do you think about it?