Dance stronger to dance longer! As dancers, our biggest fear is getting injured. Avoiding injury is sometimes easier said than done, but Dr. Skony has given us some great tips for injury-prevention that can be put into practice immediately (and what better time to start new, healthy habits than a new dance season?!) to dance stronger, in order to dance longer.
In dance, sickling of the foot is a break in the line of the foot, such that the ankle rolls out when a dancer points the foot or goes up in relevé. Sickling of the foot is not desirable visually in dance, but it is also a significant risk factor for injury. A sickled foot represents one that has an imbalance in strength, namely around the “stirrup” muscles. The stirrup muscles are responsible for rolling the foot inward and outward, but also help hold the ankle in line when in relevé. When an ankle is weak in these muscles, a dancer is more susceptible to ankle sprains, tendinitis, and impingement syndromes. Weakness in these muscles also makes going up en pointe a significant struggle and can be a factor that holds students back from progressing successfully into pointe shoes.
Stinky feet got you down? Not allowed to take your shoes off or open your dance bag in enclosed spaces? Yeah, us too. Never fear, Allegro is here! Read on to learn how to conquer the battle of foot odor!
No matter what kind of dancing you do, we've all dealt with the pain of blisters. At Allegro, we've mastered the art of blister healing and preventing. Here are our team's top tips on preventing those unwanted, unnecessary and painful blisters!
It’s time to get back into your Fall dance classes, and you may be asking yourself whether you need a new pair of pointe shoes. Sometimes it can be hard to tell, especially if it’s your first pair or a new style for you. Here are some facts and tips to help you decide when it’s time to get your next pair!