Beginning dancer at 22 (How to prepare my body for dance?)

by Chris
(Oklahoma City)

I want to begin dancing in two years once I graduate from nursing school. Unfortunately, my nursing program is too time consuming to begin dance lessons now. I will be 24 when I start dance courses but I want to begin some type of preparation in the mean time to prepare my body for dance (i.e. types of stretching, exercises, yoga etc.). What do you recommend that I do to help my body get in shape while I am in school? Thank you.

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Aug 08, 2011
Answer from Maria
by: Maria

Dear Chris,

As you already know, practicing yoga in the meantime would be a great way to prepare your body for dance. We have a page about basic yoga that could give you some guidelines for the practice:

Go to the page about basic yoga

A good thing about practicing yoga is that you can do it at home or even at your working place, whenever you have the free time. It is especially good for you as you have such a tight studying schedule.

Other physical practices can be helpful as well, like any type of dancing style, soft gymnastics, pilates and so forth. To have an idea of a variety of techniques that are related to dance, you can browse over our special page about it:

Go to the page about contemporary dance techniques

What is important is that you start progressively, always keeping an eye on the evolution of your body and mind. If you want the process to be more comfortable and pleasant, it is better to practice with a good frequency (once a day for an hour, for example, is ideal). But, as you have little time, just try to keep a rhythm of soft practice and you will feel when your body can handle more and more of it.

I hope this guides you in your start. Don't hesitate to write back if you have more questions. I'll always be glad to help you out.

Warm regards,

Maria

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