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For the spring recital at my studio we have a very aerobic number. One of my teachers said that we should consider jogging outside of class in order to get prepared for it, my other teacher says that we shoudn't because it may ruin our turnout. Is running okay for a dancer or not?

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Hi, gensm, and welcome to the Young Dancers' forums here at Ballet Talk on Ballet Alert! Online!:)

 

As a general rule, running makes an uneasy mix with ballet. This is not to say that you can't run for the bus, or do short sprints just for the heck of it, but an aerobic program based on running is not good for ballet, for the reason your teacher stated, and also the effect of impact on the knee, ankle and hipjoint in particular.

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Guest ziva cvar

Hi! I thought that aerobics is good for condition!So, you are saying that for dancers it is not good to do, or better that it is almost forbiden?I will stop, but what are the exercises that we should do when we don't have classes? Ex.For muscles in the back, that we are straight when dancing?

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Aerobic exercise based on running is really not good for dancers. That based on swimming is a lot better, but may build unusually large shoulder muscles which would look funny on top of a classical tutu. Many apparatus-based exercise programs, like Pilates are really the best for dancers on a time-off. Pilates being, in my opinion, the very best.

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I was just wondering if that goes for walking too? Because I love to take long walks, but I really don't want to ruin my turnout!

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Walking isn't bad. It's pretty low-impact, and the legs are pretty much under control at all times, with no moment when the foreleg can go flailing through the air. Power- or heel-toe race walking might do funny things to your sacroiliac area, though, but just standard long walks shouldn't hurt a thing.

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Ok, first of all I'm one year shy of being 16, but I've been meaning to ask a similar question and it seemed silly to open a new thread, but if this is not okay please delete it.

 

I know it is not good to do a lot of running, but I have started playing tennis and I quite enjoy it. Now this of course involves running but not long distances. Could this be harmful to my ballet training?

 

Thanks in advance.

Heather :innocent:

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It should be fine, as long as you don't go into it as though you'll be at Wimbledon next time out. :innocent: IMHO, clay court is probably better than concrete, but play on what you can find! Enjoy!

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Guest dancingostrich

I, too, am 15 years old, but i think it is better to just ask a running question here as to start a new thread.

 

What do i do if i need to do alot of running in my PE class. The only way that i could figure a PE class in my schedual next year is conditioning. I havent started it yet but i know it involves alot of running. I probibly shouldnt even ask this because i havent started the class yet, but it has been bugging me ever since i found out that i NEED to take that class.

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Chances are you don't NEED to take that class - you need the credit. What many people do is get a medical excuse from PE classes where running is required. A doctor's order is legally binding on a school and the credit can be made up with an elective.

 

Check in archives - we have a couple of posts in Young Dancers FAQ and YD Place in Society about gym class.

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Since this thread is already here, I figured I would just post my "running" question here as well. And... it is this:

 

What do you think about elliptical trainers? The impact is nil, so does "running" on an elliptical trainer have the same negative effects as running on the ground? Does it--after all-build up the wrong muscles?

 

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me with this. =)

 

Oh! And before I forget: How good for the dancer's body is cycling?

 

Cheers!

 

~Julia

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Hello julia, and welcome to Ballet Talk for Dancers. It's been a long time since this thread was active, but the information is still good.

 

Ellipticals are generally fine, as long as you don't use them in a way that reinforces what ballet considers turn-in. That is, a toes-straight-ahead gait. And cycling is just fine, as long as it's just the get-there-from-here sort, and not three-day racing.

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Thank you, Mr. Johnson, for the reply and the welcome ( :( ), but are you saying, then, that I should run turned-out? Is that all right for my knees, despite the fact that there is no impact tremor?

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Search the board on "running". I think that you'll find the consensus is: "Don't run unless you have to." Running is not good for dancers who are on a vocational track. If you're on a recreational track, then whatever floats yer boat.

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