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5 Exercises You Can Do Today To Improve Flexibility and Coordination

dancer stretchingFlexibility and coordination are essential when training as a dancer, as these skills increase a dancer’s ability to perform more advanced routines and learn alternative dance styles. While many believe that both flexibility and coordination can only be achieved by training at a young age or by being born with natural talent, there are many stretches that can be done to improve your skills. With patience and a little bit of effort, flexibility and coordination can be increased at any age with a few simple exercises. Like any other skill, it just takes practice.

Stand On One Leg

While it sounds silly, standing on one leg for an extended period of time strengthens core muscles used for balance and coordination. Place one leg on your knee at a right angle, tighten your abs and focus on maintaining your balance. When steady balance can be achieved for several minutes, slowly bring your leg down to several inches above the floor and back again. By repeating this action, you’ll be exercising your muscle control, which will help to improve your dance coordination.

Sit on a Yoga Ball

Instead of lounging on the couch, take an hour or so out of your afternoon to watch television while sitting on a yoga ball. Or if you find yourself sitting for long periods in front of the computer, replace your desk chair with one. Sitting on a yoga ball not only strengthens core muscles but also encourages your body to keep perfect posture. You’ll get rock hard abs and improve your balance and coordination in no time if you complete one hour of this exercise a day.

Lunges

two dancers stretchingWhen done properly, lunges are a great way to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. By striding forward with one leg, you work out that legs quadriceps while the other leg’s calf muscles and glutes are stretched by extension. If you find that one of your legs allows less flexibility than the other, doing extra lunges on that side will even it out.

Splits

Gravity can be a great tool when used to increase flexibility. Instead of stretching in a split sitting on the floor, try lying on your back with your legs against the wall in a ninety-degree angle. By then opening your legs into a split, gravity will act as a weight, stretching your legs and increasing flexibility.

Weighted Bending

Using a medicine ball or dumbbell, bend forward touching the floor before bringing the weight back up over your head. This exercise can also be done by bending to either side with a dumbbell in hand until it reaches just above your knee. Weight bending is great for a full body stretch, offering strength and flexibility to all of your core muscles.

Simple stretches and strength training on a regular basis will not only increase flexibility and coordination but also better your dancing abilities. Any of these exercises can be done at home while watching television.

 

The Jungle Book Musical

We can’t wait to perform this one! A Dance Place is proud to announce our casting call for The Jungle Book Musical.

You have the opportunity to be in dance or chorus performances or both! Casting starts September 6th, so don’t delay!

Tuition costs and rehearsal schedule for our showing of   be found on our website.

There will be a flat rate charge of $50 costume fee, which will be filed upon registration and payment will be required by September 20th.  There also may be either a performance fee or tickets sold to assist with the production costs such as scripts, props, technicians, venue, etc. The performance of the Jungle Book musical is set for Saturday, April 25th at the Hensel Phelps Theater in Greeley located at:

701 10th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631

Contact us today for more information on our dance classes and performance.

Music and Children

Music and children go together like peanut butter and jelly. Have you ever watched an infant move to the beat of a song? It’s simply adorable. From a really young age, we all are affected by music. A Dance Place gets this.

Did you know that in addition to our workshops and camps, we also offer music lessons?

If your child is taking a less physical approach to the arts, why not peak their interest with music?  A Dance Place offers both private and group music lessons based on the age of your child and their individual needs. We offer vocal, piano and guitar lessons at our Greeley location.

For children under the age of 5 we suggest our Wiggles and Tunes music class. This is the perfect introduction to a small child to the incredible world of music. In this class, your child will learn the fundamentals of music including how to identify a rhythm, how to sing and listen, how to identify a melody, and recognize a variety of instruments such as a trumpet or violin.

The Wiggles and Tunes class meets for 45 minutes per week. For more information, please contact our office.

4 dance practice tips

Learning how to dance can be confusing. Which foot to move, which way to turn without bumping into someone else. Dancing can be easier if you attend A Dance Place in Windsor, Colorado. They can break down the steps and movements so you can understand them. If you want to learn ballet, they can help.  Jazz? No problem.

Your dance instructor at any of our three locations, will be more than happy to instruct you in the style of dance you prefer. They can show you the proper techniques to perform that ballet step or put some attitude in your jazz moves. You can even learn how to do leaps that would make a professional ballerina proud!

Don’t be overwhelmed when starting out. There are a few dance practice tips to remember:

  • When learning a dance, go out and do it. Nothing will reinforce a dance like trying it out in a social setting. Don’t worry that you’ll look foolish or awkward. Everyone starts out somewhere. You’d be surprised how many people will join in.
  • Second tip, don’t forget your basics. Practice them every day. The basics are used to build more complex moves. Forget them and you won’t be able to progress the way you want to. You may feel they are boring as you become more experienced, but they are the foundation of your dance style.
  • Third, you can learn this. You need to be committed and determined. Don’t let mistakes get you down. You can do this.
  • And last, just remember, dancing is fun. This isn’t a job or hard work. It’s supposed to be fun.

There is A Dance Place in Windsor, Co., A Dance Place in Greeley, Co, and A Dance Place in Eaton,15 Co.  With these convenient locations, you can stop in and get the information you need. Hope to see you soon.

Performance Troupe Workshop

A Dance Place, located in Windsor, Colorado, Eaton, Colorado and Greeley, Colorado offers several different workshops and dance camps. These workshops and camps are for many different age levels.  For those who interested in performance dance, there is the Performance Troupe Workshops.

Though it’s not too late to sign up for this exciting workshop, you’ll need to hurry. Classes start on Monday, August 4th!

The Performance Troupe Workshop includes jazz, ballet, turns and leaps. Choreography is also included.  Perfect those jazz moves. Your instructor can help fine tune your foot placement and arm movements.  Nothing can ruin great footwork like arm movements that are stiff and unnatural. Your ballet moves might need polishing also, we can help with that. Refresh on your basic steps as well as toe work. Perfect working at the barre. Add grace to your moves. Turns have always been difficult to master. At the Performance Troupe Workshop you will learn the correct way to hold your head so you don’t get dizzy and well as foot placement so you don’t travel all over the stage while turning. Leaping is also addressed. The students will learn the proper way to leap and land without causing injury to themselves or a partner.

The Performance Troupe Workshop leads up to the Fall performances. All of the fall events are special and fun to perform in. One of our favorite events is the Windsor Harvest Festival Parade. It’s important to note that if you want to take part in these exciting events, you will have to participate in the Performance Troupe Workshop. Participation is mandatory. The skills and choreography you will master in this workshop will enable you to perform effortlessly and with confidence.