Feb 19, 2011


For many of us, we're currently on a short summer vacation before the year starts. But that also may mean multiple weeks without dancing. I get a lot of questions about staying in shape over vacations so I'm going to re-post an article I had previously done on staying active and healthy over our breaks.

Over vacation we tend to lose a lot of the capability we had worked so hard for all year. First you lose your fouettes, then your turning ability, then slowly, your flexibility goes down the drain. Auditions for many schools and summer camps are in February/March, some not long after vacation. You'll want to be in tip top shape when those auditions roll around. Of course you should take time to slow down and enjoy the break while we have it, but here are some easy things you can do to keep some of that much-worked-for dexterity.
•Stretch. While you're sitting down in your living room watching the super bowl or some cheesy holiday special, lay yourself in a split. Stay there for a few minutes before switching to the other side. You'd be surprised how infulential stretching over vacation can be.

•Jog. Keep that stamina up. After meals grab a few family members/friends and take a jog around town. It's actually a LOT more fun than it sounds, I promise. :)

•Plie. Stand at a window, hold onto a chair/table, whatever could suit as a barre and do a short barre. This is also a good time to correct any habits that you previously had as your body will forget how exactly to do things and it's a lot easier to correct those no-no's.

•Rest yourself. We have vacation for a reason, we need to give our hardworking bodies a break. Don't go overboard with any exercises/stretches as that defeats the purpose of the much needed rest. ;) It's the most wonderful time of the year... Enjoy it.

For any questions, comments or if you just want to talk you can either leave a comment below or contact me at: twilightdancer3@yahoo.com.

Thanks guys!



  1. Hi Ballerinablogger,

    Thanks for the post, it's really helpful. Hay, I was wondering if you could put a post out about the splits. Like ....... exercises to help you do them. I have been dancing for a long time, but still can't quite do the splits. It's just that last few centimetres, I think.

    Could you please post about it? Thanks!


  2. what a neat blog. where'd you get the picture of the girl at the barre? that's my friend. we danced together in high school.. just wondering where you would've found that..

  3. Oh what a coincidence! I actually just googled the word 'plie' and found the picture at this blog: