Many professional athletes cross train with alternate forms of exercise in order to keep their bodies healthy and in shape. Adding yoga and Pilates to your weekly schedule is a great way to cross train as a dancer. Not only will these other forms of exercise benefit your body, but they will also benefit your mind!
- Yoga is a great way to work on flexibility, posture, balance, strength, and breathing.
- Consisting of a sequence of poses, Yoga helps a dancer increase their core strength, all while working on transitions and fluidity of movement.
- Through simpler yoga poses dancers can focus on body alignment and placement.
- Dance Auditions and Summer Intensives can be stressful and taxing on your body, but taking yoga regularly helps calm the mind, relax the body, and boost your confidence.
- Most dancers know Pilates focuses on core engagement and abdominal strength, but it also it utilizes, trains, and works the entire body through various exercises.
- Strong abdominal muscles increase a dancer’s control in balance and movements, and helps prevent common injuries.
- Pilates also teaches dancers how to isolate and use their muscles correctly in order to improve extension, turn-out, and alignment.
Try a class!
Pilates classes are included in the Technique and Pre-Professional Programs at The School at Steps, and Steps on Broadway also offers several yoga and Pilates classes daily with a variety of professional instructors.
Tip by Claire Henley, School at Steps Work/Study Assistant, contemporary dancer, Chicago native, Western Michigan University alum.