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The Intense In Summer Intensive

You know that moment?

That moment when you are dancing more than 8 hours a day and ‘BOOM’ summer sneaks up on you out of no where? You are suddenly wondering, what do I do now?

It seems impossible as a dancer to go through months without dancing. Well, that is exactly what summer intensives are for. Sometimes these programs only last a week or up too 6 weeks, but one thing is certain: the friends made, the opportunities presented, and the overall growth not just as a dancer, but a person will remain with you forever.

Being accepted and participating in the 3 week Urbanity Dance Summer Intensive program was amazing. Actually, no words can even describe it. The eight hour days consisting of ballet, contemporary, guest artists, and rehearsal not only pushed myself physically, but mentally, in ways that I didn’t even know I could be pushed.  Although, my body would be shouting at me “NO STOP,” I found myself stronger and more confidence as each day passed.

The leaders of the intensive, Betsi Graves and Kat Pantos, created a light of positivity cascading the studio day by day.  It was a environment of growth surrounded by fellow dancers. Although, we all came from different places, we shared one thing in common: our passion for dance. As an intensive comes to an end, the feeling is indescribable. You feel proud and accomplished that “yes, you did this.” Oh, and did I mention I could hold a plank for 8 minutes by the end? Yup, EIGHT minutes. 

So, wondering what you should be doing this summer? Well, the answer to that questions seems pretty easy now, huh? While many intensives are quite expensive, it is completely worth the money. Look for scholarships.Cut down on the coffee everyday for the extra cash. Do whatever it takes because it is a life changing experience for a dancer. Even after the vigorous hours each day with intense blood  sweat, and even maybe some tears, you will realize it was the best decision of your summer.

 

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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!