Fitting cross-training into your schedule

In preparation for difficult end-of-year performances, summer programs, and casting for next season, early summer should become your biggest time of year for cross-training. This is something that every dancer should focus on before heading away for the summer. The physical demands of summer programs are intense; and having a foundation of strength, agility, and…

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How to design a training plan

Dance is just starting up either this week or last week for most of us, and there is no hiding from the fact that the new season is upon us.  This is the perfect time to make new habits and change the way that we work on a day-to-day basis. I have been getting quite…

2 great strength circuits for dancers

Today I wanted to quickly share with you two of my favorite strength circuits for dancers.  All you will need is a pilates ball and a mat. *Note: A circuit workout is a combination of exercises that you repeat and do a certain number of times (sets).  I explain all the different workout types in my…

Massage for Injuries and Muscular Activation

We have all been there: coming back from a class sore, just knowing that an injury is soon to approach and put us out of class for a few days.  Dancers have a certain sense of when something is wrong.  If you haven’t developed that sense yet, that’s another topic of discussion.  Today we talk…

How to Stretch Safer

For dancers, improving flexibility and getting your splits are important. But, many don’t realize that safe stretching combined with injury prevention is even more important. This article will educate you on effective stretching techniques, which are scientifically proven to prevent injury. So, let’s learn how to get flexible the safe way. Why am I so…

How To Engage and Use Your Lower Abs

Whether you dance the style of Russian ballet, the Balanchine style, adult ballet, or modern/contemporary ballet, it is important that you learn to engage the deep abdominal muscle. Doing so will bring your dancing to a whole other level.  Dancers in ballet schools/studios and ballet companies can equally benefit from learning the concept of using…

Thera Band Exercises for Beginners

Hi everyone!  Today we are starting “Conditioning Month” here at Goulet Ballet.  You will find some other interesting posts in between, but the main focus will be on conditioning and your training outside of class.  To begin with, we will look at some of my favorite Thera-band exercises. These are designed to help improve pointework…