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10 Rules for a Longer, Stronger Dance Career (The Dance Training Project)

The Rules are here; the wonderful, long FULL ARTICLE is at 10 Rules for a Longer, Stronger Dance Career | The Dance Training Project, by Monika:

What You Should Know About the Nature of Dance: 

1) You’ll probably encounter an injury or two (or 17) at some point. Maybe it’ll start as a nagging hip pain when you’re 14, that you kind of ignore, and work through, which then resurrects as a disk herniation in your 20s. When you feel pain, be aware of it! Please don’t ignore it. How your body feels is important. Pain is sometimes not gain. […]

2) You will probably encounter dance teachers/choreographers who do not have a full understanding of the body’s biomechanics. They might ask you to do crazy things you don’t understand, or that you simply are not ready for. […]

3) Dancing is very, very hard on the body. And on the mind too. Becoming over-trained, experiencing chronic stress, and anxiety are a reality which should be taken seriously, and not ignored. […]

4) Your dance teachers will probably not be able to offer supplementary  recommendations pertaining to nutrition, cross-training, and strengthening. These things are important when you do intense physical activity for upwards of 3 hours per day (sound like you?). You’ll need to find someone you trust to give you these recommendations, or do some research on your own. […]

5) You are an athlete, and you should treat yourself like one. This is important not to forget. Respect your body. You only get the one in this lifetime, and in your next life you might be a wombat (which, for all their cuteness, don’t make very good dancers…). […]

Continue to 10 Rules for a Longer, Stronger Dance Career | The Dance Training Project for 10 Tips to Optimize Your Dance Career, including videos.

Also: watch who you’re paying attention to on Dance.net. They might not know what the heck they’re talking about.

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“Hercules is disappointed”

maybe i didn’t get enough sleep, but i almost piddled myself.

This is great. I’m going to run around yelling “DIS. A. POINTEEEEED!” now.

Also, isn’t this Hercules as Ares? 



Joe Bitter. Notice how quiet the audience gets. Doesn’t miss a beat.