...and we bet you are too. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we've been reflecting on all the reasons we are thankful for dance in our lives. Each day we receive the gift of working within our passions by coming to the studio, and helping to teach and mold the beautiful talents of our students! Here are a few of the reasons we are thankful for dance:
I am thankful for dance for the endless creative avenues it gives me.
With performances and recitals just around the corner, it’s now even more important to make practice part of your weekly schedule. Besides that, practice makes younger dancers feel more accomplished and confident in class—and they enjoy their dance experience even more!
Simply put, practice time is necessary for improvement. In today’s world our schedules are so full it can feel like there’s barely time to juggle class schedules, let alone practice. But integrating dance practice into your week and creating good dancer habits just takes a bit of organization and commitment.
We’re well into fall, which is a fun and cozy time of year—but also the time of year when dancers are more susceptible to catching the flu or a cold. This is an important time to be aware of the little things you can do to prevent germs and hopefully avoid illness.
Your trusty dance bag can be a germ playground at this time of year, especially if you don’t clean it out often enough! For busy dancers, bags end up being a catch-all and a carry-all for everything from dance clothes and shoes to snacks, warm-ups, homework and more!
We are planning a Trunk-or-Treat for our recreational classes, and we hope you’ll join us! Friday, October 28, from 6-7:30 p.m., dress up in your Halloween finest and gather in the Dance Unlimited parking lot.
Our competition teams and our faculty will all be decorating their trunks and handing out spooky treats—all hoping to be your favorite! Come and mingle with your classmates and our entire dance family as we celebrate Halloween!
Did we mention that we think we have the best teachers around? Well, we do! Here’s a little detail about two more of our new teachers this year.
Aria Faddis teaches ballet for us. She is a Boise native who graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance with an emphasis in teaching. She started dancing when she was 13, and has had the opportunity to work with choreographers from all over the U.S. Aria has experience in multiple styles of ance including ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and musical theatre.
Any time you’re doing physical activity, it’s important to feed your body the right fuel, but especially when it comes to dancing. Dance classes require lots of focus, energy, and strength. Eating a healthy snack before class can help with energy levels, attention spans, muscle soreness, muscle conditioning, preventing cramps, and more.
Here are some snacks that are great fuel for dancing bodies:
• Peanut butter and banana :: The potassium in a banana helps with muscle soreness, and the peanut butter provides protein for energy.