Training at Home
Over the last few weeks, millions of people's lives have been turned upside down due to the global COVID-19 outbreak. Valuable measures are being implemented in many countries to help contain the outbreak, so even if you are not infected, your life is probably be looking and feeling very different at the moment. While many people are loving the chance to be at home, many dancers and dance teachers are missing their studios desperately. Dance is and will always be an important outlet for us, and being unable to participate in our regular classes can be really tough.
However, it does not have to be all doom and gloom. Try choosing to use this time as a wonderful opportunity to really get to know your body, to focus on improving so much technically and to learn more about the art and science of dance so that when you do return to regular classes your "time off" has been a blessing rather than a curse.
We have collected together some of our most popular areas of focus, and exercises that can easily be done at home, as well as some helpful ideas on how to analyse your technique, make goals and chart your progress. Many of these are drawn from our online courses and our Level One Teacher Training Workshop, however at this point in time I wanted to give something special to the dance community.
As a general rule, we recommend that for every 5 hours of dancing you are doing regularly you do at least 30 mins of additional cardio, 30 mins of self release/massage/mobilisation work, and at least an hour of focused dance conditioning/dance physio type exercises, targeting the areas that need attention. You can most certainly do more than this, especially when you are working in a confined space, and it is often a great time to brush up on your repertoire of supplementary exercises. Make sure to keep in touch with your regular teachers and share your progress with them, as well as incorporating all of their suggestions into your daily program.
You can access all of the videos for free by clicking on the first "Self-Assessment" image and then navigating through the pages using the red "next" buttons.
Make sure to tag us in @theballetblogofficial with any photos of you #trainingathome so that we can keep in touch!