5 Ways to take your training to the next level.
Happy New Year to our favorite dancers! 2021, we have such high hopes for you. New year resolutions are a great way to keep motivated and strengthen self-improvements throughout the year. Most of you probably already have your own New Year resolutions, but we at FCAD want to encourage you to take on another one: let's take your training to the next level! Here are some tips from our amazing teachers to help you make this happen.
Punctuality and consistency are so important when becoming a better dancer. You will be better at anything you participate in when you go to every meeting and are on time for every meeting. This ensures that all the information and instruction that you need to be successful will be given to you. When someone is late or does not show to class, they are neglected from the chance to grow in their dance education.
Stretch to Increase Flexibility
Flexibility is crucial to becoming a better dancer. With flexibility, comes a full range of motion and the ability to perform more difficult skills. Dancers should stretch everyday to increase their flexibility. While you are watching tv, waiting for dinner to be ready or doing homework, practice your stretches. Make it a habit! Flexibility will bring you to the next level.
Practice, practice, practice! As cliché as it sounds, it pays off to practice. Whether you are practicing to perfect a dance routine or to sharpen your technique, you will improve the more times to try. Saying “I can’t” is never acceptable. If you work hard enough for it, you will be able to achieve your goal!
Conditioning will give dancers the strength and endurance needed to complete your routine effortlessly. This makes it easier for the dancer to execute their routine to their full potential. We suggest doing exercises like plyometrics.
Continue Your Dance Education
There are plenty of ways to widen your dance knowledge. One way to do this is to take different styles of dance classes. Ballet is the very important fundament of dance, but the best dancers take multiple genres of dance. Having experience in tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, etc. makes a dancer more versatile and able to move your body in different ways. For example, tap teaches dancers how to accurately identify rhythm. Another way to continue your dance education is by participating in dance conventions. At these conventions dancers learn how you adapt to different teaching styles, catch on to choreography quickly, and be able to build relationships with the dance community. This is a great opportunity to become a better dancer.
FCAD hopes you take these tips and run with them! We love when our dancers flourish in their technique and character. The FCAD staff wants to see your progress! Post on social media you or your dancer trying out our tips and tags us on Facebook or Instagram. Thank you for letting FCAD be your place to express yourself and grow. Email us if you have any questions about how to become a better dancer or to tell us how these tips helped you reach your goal! May God bless you.