Keeping in tune

As dancers, our body is our instrument, and unlike musicians we cannot simply take a break from that instrument and then return to it knowing it will perhaps only need some re-tuning before we can play it again. We are a living instrument which should always be perfectly tuned. Our own body is what we rely on throughout a career in this profession. Once damaged it can not be replaced.

imageDancers in training require a break from intense daily classes to allow their body to rest and regenerate but they can’t afford to lose the top form of fitness, muscle tone and strength achieved throughout a term of good work. Doing a little something everyday during a break is also a matter of dedication and self-discipline, it retains motivation and will facilitate those first few days back at school in the new term.

I am now on my three-week holiday and so far have exercised about an hour at home each day as well as taking three ballet classes at my old dance school here in Italy, where I always love to return. After counting my way through sets of exercises there is a feeling of satisfaction – my body feels in tune. And on leaving the studio where my passion for ballet was nurtured, I am reminded of how much I still want to make it as a dancer, just like I did all those years ago.

Author: Prisca

Blogging since 2012. I'm a professional dancer, undergoing a degree in Digital Marketing, and co-founder of Boleyn Factory, an independent film organisation based in Bordeaux, France.

8 thoughts

  1. What a gorgeous picture! And pfeww… maintaining our health and flexibility over Christmas is one heck of a task! 😉 Good luck!

  2. Oh you look beautiful. I just returned to ballet after many years and I have to say my body doesn’t remember what my brain does but it feels great!

  3. Beautifully written. Look forward to reading more. I am now a retired dancer, and trained as a musician for years alongside my dance training when younger. I chose a professional dance career over the music, and very happy with my decision. Keep us posted with what you do and happens.

  4. I understand what you are saying, but writing as a violinist, I can definitely attest to the fact that my violin sounds cold and “numb” after sitting in the case for a week, let alone longer. The instrument definitely does not sound the same after sitting in the case, as when you last played it!
    The musician’s body, as well, has to be extensively warmed up and stretched, and I am trying to do exactly the things you described over my Christmas break, before going back to music school. Good luck relaxing while not losing momentum!! You can do it.

  5. I stoped a week ago and I’m already feeling that I’m loosing all the work that I have done through the year. I think sometimes we just have to relax on the holidays and perhaps give a short break to our bodies. 🙂

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