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Long break......


lds_dancing_princess

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I haven't had a dance class in almost 4 months. I was only supposed to have a month off, but my Grandmother who raised me went into the hospital in late June, and she recently passed away. I spent almost every day at the hospital with her before her death. I have had a very hard time dealing with it emontionally, and I havent been able to dance. However, My dance classes begin in 3 weeks, adn I need to get myself back into shape. I don't have acess to a studio, so what can I do to get myslf back into shape? I have been doing Pilates every day, and I've been jogging 1-3 miles every other day. Should I give myself a Barre class? Any advice would be appriciated!! Thank you so much!!

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That sounds like plenty to me. When you're under the stress of losing someone to whom you are close, it can have a very detrimental effect on your ability to dance. Please know that we are here for you if you need to vent. :yucky:

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Yes, I would suggest giving yourself a barre every day for these weeks leading up to classes starting.

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Ms. Leigh or Mr. Johnson,

 

Do you have any ideas on how to keep your stanima up? I know running is bad for dancers (or so I've heard...builds the wrong muscles). I was wondering what I can do during this very long break to not lose my stanima. Thanks!

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Select for yourself a barre. Do it until you know it completely, then do it nonstop every day. That means no pauses between each element, except to finish.

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