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Technique and Texting

This generation likes  LOVES texting.

No, really? This statement is obviously a given. But, did you ever think texting was affecting your technique? Well, you might want to take a second thought the next time you pull out your IPhone to text.

Shout out to Melissa Schrock who posted “Is Texting Bad for Your Technique?” with the Dance Magazine blog, for bringing up a topic that seems so out of the ordinary. But, guess what? It DOES affect your technique. 

Listen up because as dancers, our technique is everything. We practice to obtain stronger technique. We strive for that ideal perfect dancer. This day to day habit may be hard to break, but you may want to think it over.

“A recent study at Hong Kong Polytechnic University looked at how the use of smartphones impacts our bodies. Researchers surveyed 1,049 people ages 10 to 50 and found that a startling 70 percent of adults and 30 percent of children suffered musculoskeletal symptoms as a result of their technology use,” Schrock explains.

Strong technique means perfect alignment. That slouching over reading that oh so important text? Most likely, it is affecting your alinement.Do you find  your professor  constantly giving corrections from “lengthen your spine” to “lift  your chin up?” Well, you guessed it. Texting could be the answer.

My solution? There is no doubt we are “generation smartphone.” It seems almost impossible to completely get rid of texting from our lives. It’s simple, try being aware of slouching while you’re texting. Regular people are most likely “okay”  living with the aliment issues due to texting, but as dancers are not. This is our everything, our career, and our overall strive for the perfect technique.

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Nursing Major? This dancer proves you can still dance!

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Every dancer needs one thing: passion.

However, what happens when you have a passion besides dance? Well, dancer Alysia Sjoberg knows what that is all about.  Training in various styles since the young age of three, this well-rounded dance has not one clue what life is without the art form.

Dancing with FusionWorks Dance Company her sophomore  year of high school, performing in the Boston Contemporary Festival last summer, and currently accepted to participate in the Urbanity Dance summer intensive, it is clear she is extraordinarily talented. Yet, would her aspiration to become a nurse essentially get in the way of her passion for dance? Of course not.

When Sjoberg  decided to attend to Salve Regina University she was forced to make a  major decision; pick between dance and nursing. Sounds pretty scary right? Well, she was not ready to give up dance completely. Currently in her sophomore year, she is a Nursing major unable to fit a dance minor.  Yet, she is a member of the University’s professional dance company, Extensions Dance Company.

She explains she has complete faith that fulfilling both her passions is possible! Getting up at the crack of dawn for  nursing clinical while staying in the dance studio for rehearsal until 10 pm, the question is: How does she do it? Personally, I call Alysia Sjoberg the “dance wonder woman.” 

Describe what does dance means to you.

Dance is my release. It is a way for me to release all of the built up stress that I have accumulated throughout the week. It is a way for me to express my emotions, especially things that I can’t put into words. It is something that makes me feel unique, and sets me apart from others. It is a huge part of my life and will continue to be for a long time in the future.

What made you decide to be a nursing major over a dance major?

I have always had a calling to help people. I found a passion working with children whether in the dance studio or volunteering and that also sparked my interest in nursing. Also the stability of a career in nursing really attracted me to this major. I see dance as more of a passion than a lifetime career for me. Dance is something that I do for myself and I wanted a major that would provide me with a job where I could help others. I am dancing about 5 nights a week and still doing what I love so I personally think it was the right choice for me.

Being a nursing major, how do you involve yourself in dance?

I am involved in Extension’s Dance Company where I have had numerous performance opportunities. I take one technique class during the week, to continue my dance education. I also am involved in SRU Dance in both the fall and spring semester. This allows me to be dancing almost every Sunday of the year. Finally, I am involved in the Student Choreography Showcase in the spring semester where I learn and then perform new pieces.

What advice would you give to a dancer who cannot be a dance major or minor?

I would say if you really love to dance put yourself in every performance opportunity possible. Yes, with schoolwork it can be stressful at times but in the end it is so worth it. The connections and opportunities I have been presented with as a dancer who is neither a minor or major are incredible.

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Why, Hello There!

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While your in between rehearsal, class, and running around trying to look presentable in your sweats, aka “Dancer swag,” this is the place to take a breather.

Full Out, No Marking is a blog and online recourse specifically geared to dancers in college dance programs, whether you are just starting out as a baby freshmen or about to head into the dance world as a big senior, this is the spot for YOU. No, this blog is not about “How to do the 50 pirouettes like Sophia Lucia” or “How to master those Fosse jazz hands.” However, this is a place simply to inspire, strive for one’s full potential, to discuss timely topics and to receive advice on what one goes through in their four years of college dance before heading out into the real world.

In my Junior Year at Salve Regina University I participate in the college dance program and the professional dance company, Extensions Dance Company. I have had my fair share of those long tech weeks, interesting ACDFA concerts, achy muscles after dance intensives, Post-Modern debates and most importantly the question “How the heck are you going to use dance after college?” Well, I’m in for the ride actually I’m in for the full class, because it’s time to stop marking and to discuss how to go full out while your dancing in college.