What I Love About dance
By Tallie Collins
The Many Different Styles Of Dance
These are only 6 of the thousands of styles that dance ranges from.mDances such as these can take many many hours of time and effort to perfect, but if you are dedicated and determined, you will eventually get there.
What Physical Skills are Required for Dance?
Posture and Alignment (placement of the joints of the body. Weight evenly on the feet, knees bend over toes, back has curves but not forces, shoulders relaxed.)
Flexibility (The ability of your joints to move through a full range of motion. Having flexibility in your muscles allows for more movement around the joints.)
Balance (Being stable whilst being still and during movement. Using centre to manage weight placement.)
Stamina (Is the endurance of either the muscles or the heart and breathing. Ability to keep going.)
Extension (To stretch and extend the body usually arms, or legs, toes or fingers.)
These are certainly not the only skills needed to be able to dance, these are only 5 of many many more, but in my opinion, they are the most important skills to have.
How To Increase Your Flexibility
1. Do dynamic stretching. Dynamic stretching should always be done before static stretching. Dynamic stretching includes motion and is meant to mimic and exaggerate the movements of actual exercise and daily motions. This is a much safer form of stretching
2. Do static stretching. Static stretching is the form of stretching that most people are familiar with from childhood gym classes. These are stretches done in a sitting or otherwise stationary position. These can increase flexibility but should only be done when working out is completed.
3. Yoga is an Indian meditation technique and exercise which has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety (in turn aiding weight loss) and is excellent for building better balance and flexibility.
Common dance injuries
Trochanteric Bursitis - common cause of hip pain in dancers.
Snapping Hip - snapping hip can occur as a muscle or tendon passes over a bony structure.
Iliacus Tendinitis - Iliacus tendonitis often results from overuse during dance activities.
Femoral Stress Fracture - Repeated training with either faulty technique or muscle imbalance can increase the risk for a stress fracture.
Osteoarthritis - The most common causes of osteoarthritis are previous injuries, joint overuse and aging.
Here are some tips to prevent injuries like these -
Try to maintain flexibility in the hip joints.
Keep a balance between left and right side leg strength
Make sure you eat enough foods with sufficient calcium, for strong healthy bones.
Avoid dancing on hard or uneven floors for prolonged periods of time
Famous Dancers Past And Present
A famous Russian ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova is best known for changing the ideals for ballet dancers, as she was small and thin, not the preferred body of a ballerina during her time.
Pop star of the 1980s, Michael Jackson wowed audiences with eye-popping dance moves, notably one called the "moonwalk."
Martha Graham was an American dancer and choreographer. She is known as the pioneer of modern dance.
Considered the Father of Jazz Dance Technique and The Father of Theater Dance, Jack Cole began as a modern dancer. Switching to jazz style dance during the Great Depression, he was the first dancer to combine the popular jazz steps of the time
Can’t forget about MC Hammer. One of the most famous hip-hop artists and dancers of all time.His heyday was the 80’s and 90’s where he showcased his dancing skills across many platforms; creating a following of the Hammer Dance, The Running Man andThe Butterfly
Mikhail Nikolaevich Baryshnikov, nicknamed "Misha", is a Russian dancer, choreographer, and classifies as one of the greatest ballet dancers in history.