School’s out for the summer and there’s no better way to spend your time than dancing! Joining an intensive usually means longer hours in the studio than you’re used to, so here are a few things to consider as you transition into summer intensive mode.
WHAT TO EXPECT
*You’ll be spending a lot more time in the studio than you’re used to, and that’s every day for two weeks! Prepare yourself to handle the new schedule.
*You’ll be exposed to different styles and modes of training, so take the opportunity to learn and absorb as much as you can. Jazz, musical theatre and body conditioning may be classes that you haven’t participated in before, and it may all seem new and scary. Remember, when you’re trying something new, just take a deep breath, be courageous and dive right in, and who knows what you might discover!
*This year you’ll get a taste of the art of stage makeup, which is an essential skill for performing dancers. Learning how to apply stage makeup on yourself will seem hard at first, but with the right training and practice, you’ll get the hang of it.
*Summer Intensives are a great way to connect with other dancers from our community. You won’t be dancing alongside your usual crowd so use this opportunity and enjoy making new friends.
HOW TO PREP
*Make sure you get a good amount of sleep the night before, so you are well rested and ready for a day of dancing.
*Staying hydrated is one of the most important yet easily forgotten things for a dancer. Especially during summer, putting in longer hours can easily lead dancers to dehydration, which is bad for you and your dancing. Pack an extra bottle of water. (Avoid processed sugary drinks as is actually makes you more dehydrated and gives a sugar spike that isn’t good for you. Fresh juices are a good alternative but plain ol’ water is the best way to go.)
*Make sure you’ve eaten a good breakfast before your classes begin for the day and pack some light snacks to keep you going.
*Pack your dance bag the night before in order to avoid rushing the next morning. As soon as you get home from the studio you can put your dance clothes for wash so they are clean, dry and ready for another day of sweat and hard work!
*Remember to wear proper dance attire!
- Girls- Pink tights, leotard, skirt (optional) & ballet shoes
- Boys- black tights and/or shorts, tight t-shirt & ballet shoes
- Comfortable clothes you can move easily in, nothing that restricts movement, socks or jazz shoes.
- You can wear shorts over your ballet tights and a t-shirt over your leotard for you to feel comfortable and unrestricted
*Make sure to always style your hair neat and simple to avoid it distracting you in class.
A FEW TIPS
*Before the start of the summer intensive it’s fun to set a few optimistic but attainable goals to reach during the two weeks you have. They can be technical or artistic, such as working on your musicality or performance skills. This gives an added push for you to get the most out of every class.
*Keep a small notebook or journal for you to write down new things that you’ve learnt or a few steps/exercises you’d like to improve on or practice at home.
*It’s a good habit to ask or write down questions for your teachers, as well as noting down the golden nuggets they share during class.
*Always make sure you leave early in order to avoid the unpredictable Bangalore traffic, so you won’t miss the warm-up and first half of the morning class.
*Pay attention to all the teacher’s corrections, even if they aren’t directed to you. Just because a correction was not given to you doesn’t mean you can’t learn from it!
*Pay attention and take it all in – remember you are here to learn and improve!
*Take advantage of the teaching and resources available to you. In the end it’s all an investment to better your dancing!