Do You Take a Summer Dance Break?

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June 18, 2014 by Nicole

For those of you lucky ones who are actually on summer break, I envy you! And even for those of us who no longer have that time, summer break can still apply: many dance schools close or change schedules for the summer months. What does that mean for your training?

Do you need a break?
Are you feeling burned out? Still nursing an injury? These could be signs that your mind & body need a break from dance training and time to rest and refocus. Take it day by day or week by week, but be sure to give yourself the needed time “off” that isn’t always possible during a dance season. And that doesn’t mean you should stop moving….it’s a great time to try a yoga class (great complimentary training for dance) or strength training (which can also improve your dancing). If your body just needs some recovery time, you can still mentally engage with your training by reviewing your dance journal and setting new goals for the upcoming season.

Are you out of town?
If your summer vacation plans are sending you out of town, check out the local offerings where you’ll be. Traveling to cities often provides awesome opportunities to take class in new/different studios with new & different teachers, whether that be with a local company or dance school. Google is your friend. Find your options.

Still in town?
Not traveling or summer break doesn’t apply to you? Take advantage of the opportunities around you, either staying focused and engaged at your home studio or taking advantage of summer classes offered nearby (especially if your home studio closes for summer break). If you’re considering finding a new dance home in the fall, now is the perfect opportunity to test drive other options. And there is a school for everyone.

What are you doing with your summer break?

About the author: I’m a professional communicator with a love of dance, entertainment and constant improvement. You can find me on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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