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I am excited to share that I will be on Cleveland City Ballet’s faculty for the 22-23 year! I will be teaching ballet and pointe.


I hope you are all enjoying this hot season! Rest is important. Read the article below or click here!

“I recently heard that business people benefit from ‘free days’, a 24 hour period in which they not do or think anything about their business. After trying this myself, I confess I felt rejuvenated, more focused mentally, and ready to tackle the week’s dance lessons more then ever. But how often, or how long do we really need to rest for our body to fully recover?

Short-Term VS Long-Term Recovery

Short-term recovery is the immediate steps that are taken to cool down after or during any intensive activity like dancing. Rest in this context is usually meant to relax the muscles for a short time so they can re-energize. If you work out or dance intensively on a regular basis however, that would warrant long-term recovery, which includes days of rest to allow the body to recover. Dancing frequently without rest days gradually over-drafts our energy reserves, and can be the underlying cause behind traumatic or repetitive use injuries, as well as psychological effects like depression and irritability.

The Benefits of Rest

We are generally not very kind to our bodies. Our daily activities cause small tears to develop in our muscles and soft tissue, and waste chemicals to accumulate in the body and brain. Resting our body gives a chance for it to heal and flush out these harmful by-products. Studies also link rest with increased endurance and resistance to the stresses of life. If we keep pushing our body, it will continue to break down, and increase the risk of a more serious injury. So the negative side-effects of rest-deprivation can be seen less as a result of ‘over-training’ and more due to ‘under-recovering’.

How Often Should we Rest?

Here’s the fast answer: Studies suggest the body needs between 30-60 minutes of rest after hitting the dance floor with maximum muscle effort. However, our practice time generally doesn’t involve using everything we have, so we can probably take less time than this to recover. Also:

  1. If your body is more adapted to the current level of activity (you’ve been doing it for a while), you’ll be able to recover faster.
  2. Your body can adapt faster if the intensity of training is gradually increased: Resist the temptation to try doing it ‘like they do on TV’, if you’ve only a few lessons under your belt.
  3. If you are wearing out faster then you were last week, it’s likely a sign that you need a longer rest to recover.

A personal trainer can be a great resource to helping your body strengthen without fatigue or injury. Or you can DIY the situation by keeping a log book of your mood and energy after dance practice. Either way, just remember that our bodies are all different – pay attention to yours, and err on the side of caution.

Next week, it’s time to look at some exercises that can strengthen our bodies so they can move us for longer without fatigue. Or, if you want to learn about the foods that can fuel our strengthening muscles, click here.


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About the Author

Ian Crewe has been dancing ballroom for almost 20 years, and is a Licentiate in American smooth and rhythm. His passion for dance and his endless seeking for ways to reach new audiences eventually led him to blogging and the World Wide Web. Ian currently teaches ballroom at the Joy of Dance Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada.”

Live entertainment

If you have the opportunity to see a live show, I would always recommend. River dance came to Chattanooga recently and it was phenomenal!

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Happy National Tap Dance Day from SORC (Southern Open Rhythm Collective)!

International Dance Day

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Dancers; Sara McKenna and Shawn Evangelista

Happy St. Patty’s!

Don’t forget to wear green!

Is anyone else struggling with the time change?

We may no longer have to.

Is it summer yet?

I am ready to spring into warmer weather! This summer will the be 4th year that I have offered outdoor classes. I have done one day with a couple of classes as well as had various dates with different styles of dance. Let me know when/where/what is best for you!

From Art to Admin

Transferable skills: Why Ballet Dancers Make Awesome Employees

What do you think about your transferable skills?? 

6 Reasons Why Ballet Dancers Make Awesome Employees

Posted by Sarah Jukes

Job seekers like me have to understand and be able to articulate what makes them a more superior hire compared to everyone else in the job-seeking crowd.

My interest and training in classical ballet is pretty unique, even if technically I am a non-professional but well-keen ballerina who can match it with the best amateur dancers New York City has to offer.

I know that out of a pool of similar job candidates, my classical ballet training could help me to stand out from the rest of the pack.

This lead me to think about what unique attributes and transferable skills my training in classical ballet could offer to a prospective employer.

I came up with a list. A list of six attributes that make ballet dancers awesome employees and an asset to any workplace:

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1. Ballet dancers are teachable

They have to be. Otherwise they won’t be able to learn and master their craft.

Ballet dancers are reliant on their teachers to school them on correct technique, alignment, etiquette, musicality and everything else that goes with ballet in general.

Being teachable requires ballet dancers to listen hard, to hone their focus, to recognise the flaws in what they’re doing and to adjust their movement to the best of their ability.

As such, ballet dancers are used to taking instruction from someone of superior skill and better at their craft than what they are. Even the very best professional ballet dancers still get corrections from their teachers.

2. Ballet dancers are flexible

An obvious choice. But ballet dancers need to be flexible in mind and not just body.

That’s because there’s an awful lot of rules and structure that goes on in ballet. It’s part of what makes it look so beautiful when it’s executed properly.

But within these rules, large chunks of flexibility is required as well.

Ballet dancers are used to dealing with constant change. Ballet teachers and choreographers are constantly revising their choreography and dancers need to be flexible enough to cope with these changes. Ballet dancers live with having their superiors constantly making changes and then having to adjust accordingly.

3. Ballet dancers are fast learners

Part of the skill of being a proficient ballet dancer centres around how quickly you are able to pick up the steps, techniques and other choreography.

As such, ballet dancers are used to being given verbal and visual instructions and quickly translating them into action.

An ability to learn quickly demands an excellent memory, superior listening skills, exceptional concentration and a strong mind-body connection.

4. Ballet dancers are always prepared

Ballet dancers of all people understand the importance of good preparation.

They know that how you set up a pirouette is vital for its final execution. The most complex dance sequences like pirouettes, jumps and other turns simply cannot be executed without the right preparation.

Also, ballet dancers know that all the work and preparation is done behind the scenes. By spending large chunks of class time doing repetitive and routine exercises at the barre.

Preparation is key for what the audience sees and enjoys at the centre of the stage.

5. Ballet dancers work hard

It doesn’t matter whether one dances as a hobby or as a professional, the reality is the same for everyone. Ballet is exacting, demanding and hard.

As such, ballet dancers turn up to class, rehearsals or performances ready and willing to buckle down. They are energetic in mind and body and they expect to work hard.

This makes ballet dancers incredibly dedicated to their craft. They are full of passion and love of the art form. Otherwise they wouldn’t do it.

6. Ballet dancers are team players

This sounds silly when ballet looks so much like a solo event. But it’s not.

Dance is a collective. Dancers feed off the energy of those around them. They are used to working in small groups and are reliant on their peers for support, feedback and advice.

Ballet dancers look to other dancers for a sense of community and fun. Some of my most creative and interesting friends are fellow amateur dancers.

In summary, people with classical ballet training are teachable, flexible, fast learners, prepared, hard-working and team players.

The point I am trying to make here is that these attributes are vital for success in dance but they are also vital for success in the modern workplace.

If you find yourself in a situation where you could hire someone with classical ballet training, you should consider whether these kinds of attributes would make for an awesome employee at your workplace. I am willing to bet that they would.

Better yet, find out if the candidate knows what unique attributes their ballet training can offer you as a potential employer. Chances are if they know, they’ll follow through and give you these attributes in spades.

If they know, hire them.

And by them, I really mean me.

*This article was originally posted on Sarah Jukes’ blog,

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