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The Double is Possible

Double. No, not a double pirouette. I mean a double major.  Seems pretty scary huh? 

Well, fear not because it IS possible. This is the last thing one wants to think about, but it’s a route many dance majors seem to take. Dance is our passion, but sometimes one might have an interest in another field. One might want to combine the two degrees in their future or even just have their other degree in their back pocket  dance bag.

Being apart of a dance program can already be full of endless hours with no free time, but where is that time to add another major? Here’s a few tips on how to do both:

Pick a major that compliments your dance major. Some majors, such as, nursing and biology, max your number of credits making both completely impossible. Your college advisors are here to help. So, make a meeting and figure out which major is possible to co exist with dance!

It is all about your time management. Carrying around an agenda book helps keep track of your busy schedule. Try a mini size agenda book, that will fit perfectly between your books water bottle and ballet shoes! This will help you be aware of your free time, even though it’s extremely minimum. That fifteen minute apple break between rehearsals is the perfect time to get a bit of work done!

Finally, remember that thing our bodies naturally do? Oh yeah, it’s called breathing. Running around from class to rehearsal can be overwhelming, so find a quiet place whether it’s the dance studio or the quiet floor in the campus library, and use these helpful breathing exercises  that Dance Spirit suggests.

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Five Essential Items for Tech Week

Every dancer has a love/hate relationship with a certain week of the year: tech week.

Tech week leaves you not just psychically, but mentally exhausted. It is full of long hours, dress rehearsals, busy days with no hours to yourself, and puffy eyes from the combination of too much make up and no sleep. However, this all leads up to the greatest reward of all: multiple shows that display all the hard work of you and your fellow dancers. Hence, it is essential to stock up on certain items to keep you sane during a week that seems to never end.

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Here’s five items you will not want to forget:

1. Muscle Rub

You can buy this product at any aid store, and believe me it can do wonders. When you run a show day and in and day out, it can leave achy muscles no matter how much stretching you may do beforehand. Rubbing this on certain sore areas,  adds an additional support system to your main muscles when you are dancing.

2.Powerade/Gatorade

Water is a great way to hydrate your system, but it is important to have one of these beverages on hand. As dancers, we lose electrolytes due to numerous intense athletic dance pieces in a row. Powerade and Gatorade replaces these electrolytes lost, and gives you the energy to get through your other dance pieces!

3. Body Rollers

 You know when you lay in bed at the end of a long tech day and your whole body aches? Well, body rollers are here to help. This tool helps relieve and loosen tension muscles in your body. As you roll out, it is important that you breath, relax, and let go!

4. Tennis Balls

Dancers play tennis  dance on the stage.While rollers release tension in large sections of the body, tennis balls are for specific areas, a trigger-point release. Putting pressure with a tennis ball over the sore point can soften knots in your back,chest, hamstrings, feet, etc.

5. Candy

Yes, you can eat candy. Shocking right? Eating healthy during this week is extremely important, but splurging on a bit of candy is not a bad thing. The sugar will give you that extra boost you will need in between shows and also works as a de-stresser.

Obviously, there are many more items that you may need during this grueling week, but these specific items will help not just help during the week, but the aftermath you will be faced with. So, find time during breaks to grab your body roller, keep hydrated, and eat a few sour patch kids!