September arrives and it’s time to put on our pointe shoes and ballet leotard again and return to the routine after the summer holidays.
We want to give you a few tips to help you with the process of dancing again and getting back in shape after this well-deserved resting time.
1. TAKE YOUR TIME!
Your body is out of practice, and too much physical activity will exhaust your body and may lead to muscle fatigue or injuries. You'd better take the time to get back to your ballet classes, work on warm-up exercises, build stamina, and prepare yourself for the rest of the year.
2. WORK ON STRENGTHENING YOUR MUSCLES
Dancing again after a long break will require regaining your strength. Do not forget to work out on strength routines and stretching exercises, they will not only restore your muscles but also increase your flexibility.
3. TRUST YOUR MUSCLE MEMORY
Don't worry if you can’t get that step right or jump on the first try! When you do something so frequently, over time, it gets rooted in your muscle memory. Once you have achieved that level of practice, even if you are getting back into dance after a break, your memory will automatically make you do the steps.
4. SET GOALS
Even though you should take it easy, it’s good to set some goals that will challenge you and bring you back on track sooner than you realize. Define some flexibility, technique, and performance goals, and make sure to measure your progress.
5. TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY AND MIND
To bring your body back, it is essential to take care of it. We recommend eating healthy, constantly hydrating yourself, and getting enough sleep. If your body and mind are well taken care of, you will get back to your dancing routine much faster.
6. DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF!
Comparing yourself to others will only slow down your progress. Remember that each dancer has their methods and times. We advise you not to put too much pressure on yourself, as dancing after a long break already brings your body under a lot of stress. So, do not be discouraged or frustrated, just trust your time and your process.
Following these tips may help you get back into your dance routine sooner than you think. We hope you find them useful and that you enjoy your return to classes!