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How To Apply What You Learned This Summer, All Year Long

Sad news: Summer is over.  Many of you spent the whole summer dancing all day, improving your technique, and getting in fantastic shape.  So now that it’s over, how do you maintain all that hard work?   Here are a few tips:

 

 1. Take the time to review your corrections.

In an earlier post we mentioned how beneficial it is to keep a notebook full of corrections.  If you started one over the summer, take some time a few times a week to go back through those corrections to remind yourself of what you learned this summer.  And the journaling doesn’t need to stop now that homework is back!  If you are looking for a break from your homework, treat yourself to a little journaling to keep track of new corrections.  Take this opportunity to draw parallels between what your teachers over the summer told you, and your home studio teachers are telling you.  It’s likely that they are saying some of the same things, but just in different ways.

 

2.  Apply corrections

After reviewing these corrections, take it upon yourself to apply.  Just because your teacher isn’t giving you a specific correction, doesn’t mean that you can’t take that chance to apply corrections that you have heard in the past.  When you are onstage, your teacher won’t be there to correct you: it’s all on you at that point.  So start in the studio.  The more you think about these elements initially, the sooner it becomes second nature in your body, and it becomes your new normal.

 

3. Battle your bad habits

Chances are you were alerted to a few bad habits this summer.  Well now is your chance to take all year to correct them.  Remind yourself that bad habits are really engrained in your body, so it will take some time to create a new normal for yourself. It is really important to be patient with yourself and your body.  It will all come with time, but the first step is acknowledging the issue and keeping it at the forefront of your mind constantly.  Little by little you will see a change, and you will create a new habit for yourself.

 

4. Cross training

When you dance all day long, your muscles get stronger and your stamina increases.  You don’t have to lose this during the school year, you just have to maintain it now that your schedule includes more sitting in school than dancing.  Creating a short cross training program for yourself to do each day is a great step to keeping your summer muscles strong.  Need some inspiration?  Give this quick workout a try.

 

5. Get to class early

If you have some time, get to class a little early to get your cross training program out of the way first thing.  At the end of your long day, you won’t want to do any extra exercises.  So make it easy on yourself, and get your cross training in before you start.  This will also give you the added benefit of getting all of your muscles functioning and firing before you do your first step.

 

Stay tuned for more workout videos coming soon!  Next week we have an ab series all prepared for you!

Conversations on Dance: Zoe Zien, Repetiteur and Former Miami City Ballet Dancer

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Happy #ConversationsTuesday! DanceWear Corner is the proud sponsor of the “Conversations on Dance” podcast.  In May, we helped take the podcast hosts Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden to New York City to conduct in-person interviews with the ballet world’s best and brightest.  This week, they are featuring a new episode from their New York Tour.


This week Rebecca and Michael are joined by Zoe Zien, repetiteur and former Miami City Ballet dancer.  Zoe was born and raised in New York City and received her training from the School of American Ballet.  After graduating, Zoe joined the Miami City Ballet in 2003.  Zoe remained in the company until her retirement from the stage in 2016, dancing a bulk of the company’s expansive Balanchine repertoire.  Since leaving the company, Zoe has gone on to work as a repetiteur setting pieces for our former podcast guest, Justin Peck.  Today Rebecca and Michael talk with Zoe about growing up in a family of artists, what drew her to the Balanchine tradition, the unique challenges of starting a new career teaching ballets, and her new project working on the new Broadway show, “Carousel.” Also, it’s a family affair for the next two weeks on Conversations on Dance, so stay tuned for their next episode when they talk with Zoe’s mother and beloved SAB teacher, Susan Pilarre.

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Conversations on Dance: Jared Angle, Principal Dancer New York City Ballet

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Happy #ConversationsTuesday! DanceWear Corner is the proud sponsor of the “Conversations on Dance” podcast.  Hosts Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden were in our stores recently for master classes to celebrate our anniversary!  But this week they are back at it sharing tons of new content from their recent trip to Vail for the Vail Dance Festival.  For their bonus content from Vail, click here.


This week Michael and Rebecca are joined by Jared Angle, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer.  Jared was born in Altoona Pennsylvania and began dancing at the age of six.  In 1996, he moved to New York City to continue his training at the School of American Ballet.  The following year he received the Rudolph Nureyev Scholarship to continue his training at SAB.  Jared joined New York City Ballet in 1998 as a corps member and was promoted to Principal in 2005.  Today Michael and Rebecca talk with Jared about his early career, his skilled talent for partnering, being in the company with his brother Tyler, and what he sees for his future.

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Conversations on Dance: Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles, Jookin Dancer and Ambassador

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Happy #ConversationsTuesday! DanceWear Corner is the proud sponsor of the “Conversations on Dance” podcast.  Hosts Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden were in our stores this past weekend for master classes to celebrate our anniversary!  But this week they are back at it sharing tons of new content from their recent trip to Vail for the Vail Dance Festival.  For their bonus content from Vail, click here.


This week Rebecca and Michael are joined by Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles: Jookin dancer and ambassador. Originally from Memphis, Ron is a dancer, choreographer, and an ambassador for his dance form called “Jookin.”   He is now based in Los Angeles, is a Bessie Award winner, and has appeared in numerous commercials including some for Pepsi and Adidas, and was a part of Beyonce’s epic visual album, “Lemonade.”  Memphis-born street dance prodigy and world-famous jooker, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley is Myles’ cousin, and together the pair is working to get Jookin into the main stream.  They have also been a corner stone of the Vail Dance Festival for years, and are a favorite among audiences. Today Ron tells us about Jookin and the trademark quick footwork, how he got discovered, and why spreading Jookin around the world is his priority.

 

Listen now to ‘Conversations on Dance’ on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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