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How Many Dancers Practice Like Athletes?

How many dancers practice like athletes?

A fact of dancing seems to be how much easier it is to dance faster than slower. Up to a point. When the tempo is either slower or faster than the dancer's "comfort zone" each person has to rely more on their partner to maintain control. When that happens the man develops a early or late lead or loses his frame altogether. The lady also starts to be either committed to her foot too early or starts feeling "heavy"

It seems that both conditions can be helped by learning how to control your own movements better. I have been thinking of ways to develop more control in our dancing. Searching for similar conditions led us to explore the conditioning programs used by professional athletes. The internet is full of different ideas, videos and books on the subject. But, when all boiled down each program focuses on three main body sections. The long bones, the joints, and the muscles.

The information on bones works on alignment to use the strength of the bones rather than the weakness. A leg bone will support more when pressure is applied along the axis rather than across the axis. Anyone who has broken a leg or arm will attest to this.

The information on joints works on alignment also and emphasizes applying stress to the joint only when the joint is aligned properly. The joint is aligned properly when the two bones in connection are in their natural position. We all know our joints have limited range motion. Try to exceed that range and it hurts. For a reason.

The bulk of the training information is on muscles. The muscle training is broken down into Muscular Balance, Dynamic Balance and Core Stability.

The thought behind Muscular Balance, as applied to dancing, is that in dancing we develop certain muscles more that others. In order to achieve more of a Balance we need to exercise all the muscle groups so our body is working as one rather than some parts working harder than others. It is recommended that the exercises used are "multi-joint" exercises. Squats and Lunges are multi-joint exercises because the muscles around several different joints are used. The fact is we seldom use just one muscle group in an athletic activity including dancing.

Dynamic Balance is the ability to control the body while moving. Think of it as finding your center of gravity and maintaining that center while moving around the dance floor. If you can do this you will never find yourself off balance again. There seems to be exercises and tools used to improve slow movement balance and others to improve fast movement balance.
I would think we need both. How balanced are you when dancing a Slow Waltz?
If you think you need more training try something like Tai-Chi, Balance Board or Balance Ball training. If you lose your balance when changing directions quickly like in Two-Step or Cha-Cha try more dynamic exercises that cause you to quickly change directions. Some aerobic classes with help in this regard and add to your Muscular balance at the same time.

Core Stability is created by strengthening the muscles used to control the "core" of our body. The stomach and back muscles in particular. This is where or strength originates and these muscles must be in good shape if the rest of the muscles need to react quickly. If we are to transfer energy from arm to leg or from one leg to the other our "Core Muscles" must be able to support that action. to develop these muscles you need to use weight type machines that also use your full range of motion.

The results for an athlete is to be able to react quicker and with more explosive strength. For the dancer we also need to react quicker but with more balance and control. To be able to turn without throwing ourselves into it and stop cleanly without losing balance.
 


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