Category Archive for: Dance

How to Pick the Best Song for Your Next Ballet Routine

As a dancer, choosing the perfect music can be one of the most key elements of your routine, regardless of whether you’re an amateur or professional. If you are participating in a judged competition, there are many factors you will need to keep in mind in order to place highly, but your song choice will definitely be high on that list. Keep in mind it is the first and last thing the audience will hear and the element they’re most likely to remember once all is said and done.  

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Exercise: Benefiting Both Your Body and Mind

Your brain is a complex organ. One new case of dementia is diagnosed every four seconds, so it’s important to protect your brain function however you can. There is research emerging daily that indicates exercising your body is actually working out your brain, as well. Exercise and Your Brain When you exercise, you breathe harder…

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How You Can Prevent the 5 Most Common Dance Injuries

Dancers often practice for hours each day doing the same movements repeatedly in order to prepare for shows. Dancers who perform for Broadway or other dance companies may perform up to eight times per week. Long practices coupled with little rest time in-between shows can mean that dancers often become injured. Prevent these five common…

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How Ballet Can Enhance Overall Athletic Performance

Contrary to popular belief, ballet isn’t just a delicate hobby reserved for women and girls. Regardless of shape, size or athletic ability, anyone can benefit from the physical and mental demands of a ballet class. Even for serious athletes who typically focus on weight training and building endurance, ballet could be an intrinsic part of…

The Importance of Warming Up and Cooling Down by Rachel Withers fitpreneur BalletBeFit

The Importance of Warming Up and Cooling Down

It’s an indisputable fact that exercise is good for your body, but making sure you take proper precautions and take care of your body before and after a workout is vital to your overall health. To avoid the risk of injury, taking time to warm up and cool down helps the body adjust to the…

A Beginner's Guide to Fitness Dance Class by Rachel Withers BalletBeFit fitpreneur

A Beginner’s Guide to Fitness Dance Class

If you’re looking for a fun workout that makes you feel like a diva on the dance floor, a fitness dance class is for you. In a fitness dance class, you dance to great music and burn calories without realizing you’re working out. Although dance classes are some of the most fun cardio fitness classes…

How Dancers Can Improve their Balance Rachel Withers BalletBeFit Fitpreneur

How Dancers Can Improve Their Balance

Good balance can mean the difference between a wobbly performance and a fantastic one. Even if you’re just dancing for fun or fitness, maintaining good balance throughout your routines can prevent injury and lead to better results. You should work to improve your balance throughout the day, not just when you’re on the dance floor.…

How Dance Combats Dementia by Rachel Withers

How Dance Combats Dementia

For some, dancing is a fun, effective means of physical fitness. For others, it is much more. Recent studies show that frequent dancing may improve cognitive function, offering protection from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia and Dance As we age, our brain loses mental connections when brain cells deteriorate. Those with Alzheimer’s and other forms…