Essential Tools for Training your Dancers
September 12, 2019
Have you started incorporating strength training into your classes yet? There are SO MANY benefits like stronger skills, decreased injury, more complex choreography plus team bonding and boosted confidence.   I know it can be overwhelming to find the time, the right exercises and the perfect equipment to create an effective fitness routine in the […]
5 Exercises to Combat Noodle Arms
September 05, 2019
I know how frustrating it is when your dancer’s arms flail and you’re desperate for long lines, sharp movements and cleanliness. When I was coaching high school dancers I was blue in the face shouting “sharper, cleaner, energy through the fingers!!” But never having actual tools to help them engage the correct muscles. Unless your […]
How To Fit Strength Training In Your Classes
August 29, 2019
I get asked all the time, “I only have 60 minutes for my technique class, how am I supposed to fit in conditioning too?” My answer? You have to warm up your skills right? So you might as well warm them up with strength training. All of the exercises I’ve provided on are specifically […]
Behind the scenes of this month’s Dancer-Fitness video shoot!
August 22, 2019
Come and take a peek behind the curtain of our most recent video shoot! Every other month I find beautifully talented local dancers to perform dozens of exercises so I can give you new content every single week! I’m so grateful to these dancers for their strength, power and grace as they experiment with new […]
Be Your Team’s Fitness Expert!
August 15, 2019
Are you curious about taking your dancers through a training program in practice but nervous about form, meeting everyone’s needs and doing enough of the right type of exercises? Fear not, I’m going to run you through a few basic tips and steps so you can train your dancers effectively and with confidence. . Step […]
The 3 WORST 😱and BEST Core Exercises for Dancers.
July 19, 2019
In the world of fitness most core exercises are created equal. If you’ve hung out with me enough you know that dancers are a special type of athlete which means their fitness needs should be carefully crafted for their goals of strength, fluidity, endurance, power and grace. Core exercises are a staple in most warm […]
3 Stretches for Tight Hips
July 08, 2019
If I had a dollar for every message or email I get about hips, I’d have an even more obnoxious collection of Converse than I already do.  These days hips seem to be acting up, rebelling against us and asserting their need to stay locked, turned in and tight, tight, tight. No worries though! I have […]
Nail Your Dance Audition in 5 Steps!
May 24, 2019
I hate auditions. With a passion. I get nervous, insecure and afraid of embarrassing myself in front of important people. In fact, I chickened out of auditioning for my international open dance team, lied about why I couldn’t audition and somehow still made it on the team. I’m pretty sure I sent in a video, which […]
5 Reasons Your Dancers Need Off Season Training
May 18, 2019
When I was dancing in high school, things were different. No social media, no contouring, no CardiB.We also didn’t have any off season training. Our off season consisted of a few captain’s practices watching kick boxing DVD’s and running on the track. Come audition time and no one was stronger or more fit and you […]
The Best Pre and Post Competition Nutrition for Dancers
May 18, 2019
A day or weekend of competition is mentally and physically exhausting for dancers, but they can prepare their body days, weeks and even months before competition to improve their strength, balance, performance, endurance, recovery and injury prevention. Healthy Eating for Athletes and Dancers Dancers are athletes and their training begins months before they step on the […]
Increase Your Flexibility With These 4 Stretches
May 18, 2019
Flexibility is a fundamental skill for dancers and athletes. The ability to move your body freely will make the execution of skills and exercise much easier. Many dancers struggle with flexibility in their hamstrings and hips, but what they don’t know is that tightness in their hamstrings is directly related to a tight back and tight […]
3 Things Dancers Should Never Do While Stretching
May 18, 2019
You probably have a stretching routine that you’ve been doing for months or even years. Usually the routine starts standing, folding over your legs for a hamstring stretch, spending some time in a runners lunge, and of course a straddle stretch that slides right into the splits. From studios to dance teams, stretching usually looks […]
Increase Dancer Hip Flexibility and Strength with These 5 Moves
May 18, 2019
I get asked a lot as a personal trainer for dancers about hip flexibility and strength. It seems to be an area of concern for coaches and dancers striving for flat splits, high kicks and extended leaps. The biggest issue however isn’t really a lack of flexibility, but a lack of movement in our every […]
Increase Dancer’s Ankle Strength and Balance with These Three Moves
May 18, 2019
So many dancers and teachers focus on core strength when it comes to turns, balance and stability, but not much attention is paid to the ankles until dancers start pointe or have an injury. Increasing ankle strength is essential when a dancer keeps dropping their heel, hopping in their turns or have a low relevé. The health of […]
Eat This, Not That!
May 17, 2019
The day of competition is one of nerves, excitement, and so. much. hairspray. Throughout the chaos of running your dances, stretching, warming up and doing your makeup, it can be hard to remember to eat. When you do remember, it’s usually something quick, high in carbs and high in sugar. When you take the time […]
5 Best Exercises to Increase Jump Height/Power
April 25, 2019
As athletes, dancers have the ability to focus their strength and power in many different ways. Being aware of which muscles will be best for a variety of skills will help build strength and level of skill, beyond just technique. To increase jump height and power, dancers must activate their gluteus muscles, or butt muscles, […]