You know what they say: practice makes perfect. But before you can practice your dance moves, you have to train. Training is important for all athletes, not just dancers. When you train, you’re making sure your body is capable of executing at the highest level possible. If you don’t train hard enough, you’ll end up with weak, inflexible muscles and bad cardio, making it hard to dance the way you want to.
Cardio is the base upon which all elite athletes build their skills, and dancers are no different. Without good cardio, you won’t be able to dance as long or as well. Even if you know the ins and outs of dance technique, your form and movement will begin to break down over time as you tire. Good cardio lets you execute at a high level for longer, so all of the hard work you put in to learn choreography and technique doesn’t go to waste.
Flexibility is imperative to executing dance moves correctly. Many of the best dancers and choreographers have trained since a very young age, pushing their bodies to the limit to attain perfect body flexibility. Inflexible bodies lead to mistakes and injuries in dance, which can not only jeopardize your ability to execute dances correctly, but can also threaten your ability to dance altogether.
Many people think of dancers as slight and thin, which is true of some dancers, but not all. Regardless of your body type, you need to be strong if you want to dance. Dance is an activity that requires your muscles to support your entire body weight (sometimes in abnormal positions) while also being challenged cardiovascularly. Strength is imperative to executing these moves correctly, improving balance through motion, and helps to protect your body from injury.
Training and Technique Classes
For dancers, training is also important when it comes to the basics of dance, including technique. Many experienced choreographers have what they call training academies, where beginner dancers can go to perfect their trade. These types of classes are scene as a sort of incubator tank for dancers, allowing them a place they can learn and improve upon skills.
Before you can begin to learn new dance moves and routines, you have to train. Training helps elevate your body to the level it needs to be to correctly execute dance moves and routines, preventing muscle soreness that can lead to injuries and exhaustion that can lead to incorrectly executed dance moves. Like any other athlete, dancers need to crosstrain in order to continue getting better at dancing. Crosstraining can include anything from weight living, running, and yoga, to other exercises you enjoy that raise your heart rate, build muscle, and improve flexibility. Additionally, as a dancer you need to make sure you’ve mastered the basics before you move on to more challenging and difficult movements and dances. An easy way to do this is to take training and technique classes, or to watch training and technique videos that focus on these basics. Without all of these types of training, becoming a good dancer is nearly impossible, which is why it’s so important to train.