This can be a hot topic, or maybe even a question you hadn't considered before.
Either way, it's good to better understand the difference, especially as a dancer in the vast world of many dance styles and techniques.
I answer this question with my understanding of the difference between the two, on my blog "If You Have A Body".
Click on the link in my bio to read the full blog and delve into this conversation!
After you read my response to the question, comment below with yours, if you agree, or disagree.
1 month ago
Are you in the midst of your hectic holiday dance season? If so, here are a few tips to keep your nutrition and self care en pointe (😁) so you can dance and feel your best!
➡️Nutrition is so important during a busy performance season. I encourage dancers to think about pre-dance fueling, post-dance refueling, and depending on the intensity and duration of dancing, during-dance fuel may also be needed.🍽
🍎Check out my Performance Nutrition Guide for Dancers (link in bio) for more specific info on what and when to eat to improve performance and recovery.
➡️Busy schedules make planning ahead key. Make sure your dance bag is packed with multiple healthy snack and meal options to help you stay well fueled. 🍌🥪🥨
➡️Don’t forget to hydrate.💦Even mild dehydration can negatively impact focus, energy levels, and performance.
➡️Getting enough good quality sleep 💤 is a critical part of recovery and super important during a busy dance season!
➡️Take a moment to appreciate your body for the amazing things it enables you to do as a dancer. 💗🙏
2 weeks ago
Ok, now it’s already four days ago when we said good bye to 2019. It has been a great year with ups and downs but I am really grateful for all the opportunities and experiences 2019 gave to me. I got the chance to travel a lot and meet exciting people from all over the world.
Judging several dance competitions gave me the chance to travel to the Netherlands , Belgium, the USA, Canada, Austria, HongKong, Slovakia, Romania and Croatia, while my work for the Eurovision Song Contest made me going to Israel and live in Tel Aviv for a while and make some new very close friends there.
Due to a serious foot injury I had to slow down a bit in late summer and fall, but that gave me the chance to do some lovely theatre projects in Berlin as a director.
Now we started 2020. I hope that this year will brings us all peace, health, love and friendship.
I will judge many competitions in the USA, Canada, Germany and Asia and I am really exited to see many new talents and creations. Sadly I won’t be judging for DanceStar in 2020.
My first trip brings me to Sydney in January (let’s hope that the fires come under control), after that I will do a masterclass tour with 12 US cities and we are starting to film for Dancemasters TV where I am going to be one of the head judges on TV.
After this the work for Eurovision Song Contest starts.
So it gonna be a good start in 2020. Sadly I have not left many free time in my schedule, but please send me your requests for Masterclasses, coaching or invitations to judge at you competitions. I will do my very best to give you all a slot. On my Facebook or Instagram I will publish available slots for private coachings when possible.
I am looking forward seeing many of you soon. Let’s make 2020 fabulous.
Take care and have an amazing time,
Sten. #dancejudge#worldofdance#mastersofdance#instadance#dancertips#dancecompetition#dance#dancecomps#competitiondance#dancetip#director#dancemasters#wod#dancestar#danceworldcup#Judge#choreographer#artisticdirector#letsdance#berlin#artist#germanopen#judgestip#dancetips#realdancestar#ido#taf #bergischerlöwe #thüringerlöwe #tanzwettbewerb
||BALLET STRENGTH|| Plank to arabesque and retiree *This is a tough multi functional exercise: Arabesque requires strength and flexibility. Plank gets you a strong core while using total full body resistance. Retiree works to open your hips and strengthen your glutes
*Keep a long, strong spine so you don’t bend or curve the line of your body in plank or arabesque. Height of leg is not as important as good alignment. You can work on that as your strength and flexibility improves.
*Practice on both sides. Work up to 8 reps. .
*OUR TOP TECHNIQUE TIPS! If you’re working on a mat use it to help set up your plank. Centre yourself and place your arms and legs at equal distance so you don’t cheat your stronger side or work with imbalance.
Are you going to challenge yourself with this one? F&V x .
There’s always room for improvement. Copy and paste into your browser to read more.
26 Jul 2019
Ask the Experts: "10 Tips to Reduce Dance Injuries" by Backstage SoCal's expert Dr. Chris Koutures
@dockoutures #activekidmd#danceinjury#dancertips#injuryprevention https://backstagesocal.com/2019/07/26/ask-the-experts-10-tips-to-reduce-dance-injuries/ …pic.twitter.com/LfwZHPHjtE
Q: As a dancer, how can I strengthen my core?
@DocKoutures weighs in!
#dancertips #healthandfitness https://backstagesocal.com/2019/10/03/q-as-a-dancer-how-can-i-strengthen-my-core/ …pic.twitter.com/84lDhkiyNE
3 days ago
The use of a ballet dancer for the image with this quote was not an accident. This expression is perhaps the most important and maybe even harder to apply for ballet dancers and any classical form of training.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Dancers start to dance because it feels good. It's a way to connect their feelings and desire to move with the literal action. Those that start to train in whatever style/technique they choose tend to get lost in the act of striving for perfection, and the feeling of dancing takes a back burner.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
After my many years of training to become a professional ballet dancer, then discovering the art and freedom of improvisation, choreography and finally teaching, I discovered the difference between the two.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Impressing the viewer is typically the focus of the choreographer, teacher, and dancer. But somewhere along the way if you can turn your focus internally, and pay attention to the emotion, feeling and expression of the dancing, you will find that you will unintentionally impress those around you purely for just being honest, connected and organic.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Starting inward first and focusing on how it feels to dance, with the technical training in place that you can rely on without having to think about it, will then naturally and authentically lead to impression.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Where are you at with this process, in any art form or creative capacity you work in? Comment below!
||BALLET STRENGTH|| Grand Battement two ways on the mat .
•Battements on the mat are great for core strength and lengthening the back of the leg
•Height of leg is not as important as technique - keep your middle spine drawing to the mat, no arching. You can work on leg height as your strength and flexibility improves
•If lifting the head and shoulders off the floor keep a long neck, think forehead to the top toe not chin to chest
•Try two sets of 16 alternating legs each time and adding in lifting the upper body half way through .
•OUR TOP TECHNIQUE TIPS! To get that length and avoid crunching imagine your underneath leg and your fingertips are being pulled towards the opposite wall
Have you checked our full Dancer Refined Mat Abs yet? Link in bio,F&V x .
||ADVANCED BARRE MOVE|| Grand plié in fourth position - from two angles *One of the more challenging pliè positions to master. Be strong and confident in first, second and third position before adding this in to your barre practice.
Grand plié is not only the most effective way to fire up and warm up your lower body but it also strengthens and shapes your calves, thighs, glutes and core. •
It is easy to get this position wrong. Start with good alignment - shoulders over hips, equal weight distribution, and don’t drop into the bend or go too low •
Stay focused on turning out from your hips but take extra care with the back leg. Incorrect alignment (knee rocking forward towards your big toe) will put pressure on that joint •
Dont forget to move through Demi plié (heels on floor) on the way back up as well as down. That’s where the shaping happens - not at the bottom! •
*OUR TOP TECHNIQUE TIP! Keep your fourth position small - about one and a half distance of your own feet is sufficient. And one each side is enough to get your muscles firing 🔥
Do you like this pliè? Tell us below! F&V x .
#sleekballetfitness #sleektechnique#dancertips#adultballet#beginnerballet#ballettechnique#womensfitness#barreworkout#barrework#balletfitness#plies #grandplié
2 weeks ago
||FLOOR WORK|| Developpé à la seconde on the mat .
•The ultimate sassy movement for dancer like legs! Shapes and tones the working leg and core simultaneously .
•Keep working on rotating the leg from the hip so you’re working your turnout and shaping your glutes and hold your centre firm and still to work your core .
•Try not to “grip” your thigh as you unfold the leg - think long and lengthened .
• Don’t lock out or jam your kneecap when you extend - This sequence is quick moving but should still be fluid and smooth
•Don’t forget to move through retiree before unfolding the leg.
•Practice 2 sets of 8 on each side .
•OUR TOP TECHNIQUE TIP! You can use your arm to gently establish a turned out retiree position with the toe to the knee and the knee pointing upward (see top of video)
How are you all getting on? F&V x .
🗣 Calling all Jackson Dancers
January 10th it’s going down. G.M.V. Sessions will be held at @themurals in Jackson, MS from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Time strictly enforced. Spectators welcomed! Children and family friendly.
#dancertips from @dee713. Dee is a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher. She has worked with some of the biggest names and living legends in the industry. She’s collaborated with #WDA’s @wadijones and also toured with WDA’s @alguerzon. Thank you for your time, energy and spirit Dee!
WDA FAM- Send us your questions about class, auditions, schools and we’ll get them answered by a working professional and colleague. #create#mentor#alwayslearning#stayhumble and #dance!
💫 Over the past 20+ years, I have worked with pre-professional and professional dancers in a variety of different roles: as my dance students, hiring them for workshops and projects, adjudicating their performances, working on personal training, clients of Physiotherapy treatments and mentoring them.
Recently I was asked for five attributes which make a dancer employable. After sharing these attributes with a fellow colleague, I thought this list might be helpful for others.
There are many other perspectives and qualities that could be added to the list, but here are five qualities I felt were important:
1) Team Player- able to work well with others, directors, and health team members in a variety of scenarios and situations.
2) Healthy - able to dance with a history of less injuries, willing to be proactive in their health and wellness, and independently working on strength and technique.
3) Attitude/Cooperative - able to adjust easily to changing choreography and physical demands without complaining and able to maintain a positive outlook.
4) Maturity - handling themselves well under pressure with good communication with their coworkers and management team in a mature manner.
5) Versatile - can work in many genres of dance, strong technique in a variety of physical requirements and a strong performer displaying a wide range of emotions with or without a partner.
Hope this helps an aspiring dancer out there -Sara 💙
This #MondayMotivation is a friendly reminder that practicing good self-care isn’t selfish or indulgent, it’s essential... especially during this busy and stressful holiday season.
Self-care isn’t just about bubble baths 🛀 and massages. It can be carving out a few minutes of quiet time, spending time with friends, eating a delicious meal, speaking to yourself compassionately instead of harshly, or simply saying “no.” What do you do for self-care? 💕
Ask the Experts: "10 Tips to Reduce Dance Injuries" by Backstage SoCal's expert Dr. Chris Koutures
@dockoutures #activekidmd#danceinjury#dancertips#injuryprevention https://backstagesocal.com/2019/07/26/ask-the-experts-10-tips-to-reduce-dance-injuries/ …pic.twitter.com/zzTPenAY7j
Are you in a dancers rut? It’s seems to happen time and time again. You feel like you’re putting in the work but nothing is happening and you’re not growing. Chances are, you are growing but it’s slow progress and that’s okay!! I have 5 tips to get you out of your dancers rut and into a positive mindset to continue to grow. For full video- Link in @lexuswilliams_ bio.
1️⃣ FOOTAGE- record yourself dancing.
2️⃣ CREATE NEW MOVEMENT
3️⃣ TAKE NEW CLASSES
4️⃣ BACK TO BASICS
5️⃣ BE COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE.
You can find the other 4 tips on @lexuswilliams_ YouTube channel.(The link is in her bio and written below). 🎉 These work for beginner dancers all the way to advanced/ professional dancers. It doesn’t matter how good you are, everyone experiences this at some point and I am here to help! 💻 YouTube.com/lexiwilliams2654
Despite what #dietculture would like us to believe, being in a smaller body doesn’t guarantee improved health, happiness, or better dancing. In fact, pursuing weight loss is more likely to lead to weight GAIN and have a negative impact on physical and mental health & performance. #wednesdaywisdom
I have heard it time and time again from students of all ages and abilities in any dance style, that they at one point hurt their ankle like a sprain or twist, and months or even years later, the ankle is still not at full capacity.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This is NOT normal. Our bodies have an amazing ability to self heal if we give it time. But is to to the level of everyday function, like walking and such.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When you do any form of physical activity like dancing, running, etc, your body needs additional aid to get it back to the level to support your level of activity. And that is where the doctors come in.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Not just any general doctor who will tell you to ice it and let it rest. But physical therapists and specialists who work with athletes and dancers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Giving your seemingly minor injury some extra attention and helping the recovery stage means you will get back to the level you were at, and probably even stronger than when you got injured.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Speaking from personal experience with injuries and doing PT, it is definitely something to seriously consider.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And a great new source available to find doctors who work specifically with dancers is @doctorsfordancers. Check them out if you have decided to receive professional treatment to help you become the best version of yourself!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Click on the link in my bio to read information on my blog as well.
Language matters. The way we speak about food influences our relationship with food. When clients tell me they feel like they can't trust themselves around certain foods, we'll often spend time exploring how they speak about these foods.
Do the words feel neutral or do they carry judgement (good/bad, healthy/unhealthy)? Are there conditions placed on eating these foods (only on my "cheat" day, only when I've "earned" it)? 🍕🍦🍫
My goal is to help dancers normalize and neutralize ⚖ all foods because the more special we make certain foods and the more power we give them, the more likely we are to crave them, obsess over them, and feel out of control when eating them.
✨Our bodies are wise and I love helping dancers learn how to tap into and honor that wisdom. As we build body trust, there's less need for external conditions and restrictions to determine when, why, and how much to include any food.💖
||BALLET BASICS|| Glissade
•Glissade uses two staple movements every dancer needs (and swears by) for long, strong lower body muscles: pliè and tendu .
•This classical step powers up your calves, thighs and glutes as you raise your heart .
•Practice 8 times with low arms and 8 with high arms .
•OUR TOP TECHNIQUE TIPS! Remember to keep your tummy pulled in and stay lifted up out of your hips. Squeeze your inside thighs together as you close into fifth position and recover from the pliè .
What other movements would you like broken down Sleekers? Tell us below and we’ll make a video! F&V x .
||BALANCE|| Arabesque Penché •
*Arabesque penché is challenging but great to work on. It requires strength and flexibility in the back and supporting leg and builds physical and mental strength • * Focus on pulling up through the supporting leg, drawing in the tummy, feeling lifted up from your breast bone, at the same time your back toe is reaching up—you're working in multiple directions! •
* Keep your eyes up with the focus out and over the front hand.
*OUR TOP TECHNIQUE TIP! It’s the toe lifting at the back that sends the body up and over, not the other way round! Imagine a piece of string tied to your back toe and breastbone to help get that feeling •
Have you had a go at this challenging but fun step? We practice in our core adage workouts - click link bio to find them on our app or drop us a message below with your progress!
3 weeks ago
Looking for those last minute gifts?? The retail store will be open tomorrow from 9am-4pm before closing for Christmas (12/25). We still also have electronic gift cards that can be delivered immediately via email available on shopharveys.com 🎁🎄✨🎅