Tis’ the season for summer vacation! Everyone, and I mean everyone, is excited to enjoy the sun, the beach and a few weeks of rest. Parents are not an exception, we can use a break too.
The festivities of wrapping up the school year, along with the mixed emotions about moving into a new grade or perhaps graduating to the next level can become quite exhausting.
We encourage you to rest your body, mind and soul. Take a moment to breathe and regroup. But, make sure that’s not all you do!
Look, now that you don’t have to focus on so many things like homework, class projects and meetings take this time to put a little more focus on your dance moves!
Yup! Practice, practice, practice. With the Production just around the corner you’ll need it.
But that’s not the only reason why. There are so many benefits to keep dancing during the summer. Besides, remember you’ll get a week off to rest right after Production Day so you can rejuvenate!
Reasons to Keep Dancing in the Summer
It’s good, fun exercise. You already know this! Dancing is a fun way to stay fit during the summer. Use dance to condition your body and stay healthy while you’re not taking a daily P.E. class. Dancing is something you can do anywhere and anyplace!
Practice makes perfect. If you want to be the best of the best dancer you need to practice. A little everyday goes a long way. Practice is what will set you apart from every other dancer. Practicing a little everyday is what made Misty Copeland slightly better than her fellow dancers, just enough to be the best. Take this time to really focus on mastering an intricate dance move or learning a new piece of choreography.
Try something new. Take the summer to try out a new dance style. You have the time to!
Dance allows you to get creative. When you focus on dance you’ll be able to clear your mind of any problems, struggles, even exciting thoughts that are bombarding your brain. Focusing on dance will help you focus on you, which is best learned now rather than later. Take if from your mother!
Also, have you heard of active rest? Trainers talk about this all the time. For example, if you’re running and get tired, don’t just stop, instead start walking. This helps keep your heart rate going and your body is still working. It’s a form of “rest” that allows you to keep going in the right direction.
Opportunity for growth. Always, always be on the lookout for ways to improve. No one is perfect, not even parents! When you keep dancing you’ll notice areas that you need improvement on. Work on those specific areas and wallah, you’ve mastered them by the end of summer break!
Ways Dancing Through the Summer Can Help You Improve
Now that you know why you should be dancing through the summer, here are a few ways you can improve your mad skills so you are shining bright come next season!
Summer camps. Summer dance camps are the perfect place to start. Dive in for a week long adventure, and not only will you hone your dance skills, but you’ll make new friends and have the time of your life. Dance & Company is offering two awesome Dance Camps this summer. Registration is done through your online portal (here’s the link to login)! If you aren’t a Dance & Company member, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about registration.
Don’t stop dancing. Never miss a class. Unless of course you’re sick or your family decides to go on fun vacation to the Bahamas! The point is, if you do take a break but come right back and start dancing. Better yet, never stop dancing. You can dance anywhere you are – at home, at Disneyland and yes, in the Bahamas!
Volunteer to teach a class or perform in the community. Volunteering and dancing for the community are great ways to help you build confidence while allowing you to give back to those around you. It’s also a way for you to gain new skills like teaching and mentoring young dancers.
Keep a dance journal. Write down your favorite dance moves, all the reasons you love dance or keep a diary of your own choreography sets. Jot down your strengths, weaknesses and track your progress. Keep a note of all your performances, save tickets and add photos for fun. Be creative and use it to inspire yourself when you’re feeling a little tired or discouraged.
Watch dance movies, shows or your old Production DVD’s. That’s right watch your favorite dance movies and go see a play for inspiration. Watch your past performances and see how much you’ve improved. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ve grown.
Have fun! This is the most important thing of all. Have fun and be the best dancer you can be right now!
Join us for summer camp and keep that body moving!
How do you keep your moves up during the summer? Share them in the comments below.
Author Bio: Angela Quisumbing is a dance mom to a beautiful little girl! She is the founder and editor of The Pinky Project, a local community family and lifestyle blog where she writes and shares her adventures in parenting. Her daughter is in Hip Hop and is finally starting to take Mat Pilates with Miss Lisa!