By Samantha Kingdon

Types of Dances

Ballet - Ballet is a kind of dance that a lot of us wish we could mimic, given the way the dancers glide over the dance floor.

Hip - Hop - This style is actually a street dance style and is a combination of dance moves with loads of attitude.

Tap Dance - It is the movement of the feet and steps that create a tapping sound.

Tango - It is a partner dance.

Waltz - The waltz is danced to melodic, slow music.

Common Dance injuries

Across the whole spectrum of dance there is little doubt that the vast majority of injuries are the result of overuse rather than trauma. These injuries tend to occur at the foot/ankle/ lower leg, low back and Hip.

The foot, ankle, lower leg area is vulnerable to a wide range of injuries,including stress fractures, tendon injuries, sprains, and strains. These injuries show up with greater frequency in dancers as they age, so it's extremely important to emphasise what the young dancers can do to prevent future injuries.

Famous Dancers

The thing I love about dance is that it isn't strict. They way you dance isn't wrong, it is just your own style

How to increase your flexibility?

To improve your flexibility you need to stretch, there are many stretches that you can do to improve your flexibly. You need 100% committed if you want to improve. Flexibility is very important.


How dance makes me feel?

Dance makes me feel happy. It helps me feel more self - assured. It can be a gateway into understanding more about who you are. It makes me feel free.

What are the physical skills required for dance?

Posture and Allignment - Mechanically efficient placement of the joints of the body.

Flexibility - The ability of your joints to move through a full range of motion.

Strength - Is the capacity to exert a muscle contraction agains resistance.

Stamina - is the endurance of either the muscle or the heart and breathing.

Balance - Being stable whilst being still and during movement.

Rotation - Turning out from the hips to create turned out position.

Spatial Awareness - Knowing where the body parts are so you don't injure them.