Tag Archives: healthy body

No Sweat! Why we should use more natural deodorants.

Us dancers like to stay fresh all day yet do we know what is in our deodorant and body sprays? I have recently switched from a regular brand of deodorant to one with more natural ingredients. For years there have been rumours that there is a link between aluminium Parabens in anti-perspirant sprays with breast…

Excellence Vs Perfectionism in Dance”

Excellence Vs Perfectionism Trying to strike a balance between achieving excellence and avoiding tipping into perfectionist tendencies is a fine line. “Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralising” Harriet Braiker As a dancer we are hard working individuals and keen to work towards our dreams and ambitions. Yet how far are we […]

Stress causes inflammation in the body; dance can cool it down! 

Inflammation in the body is triggered by stress, poor diet and obesity and physical and psychological stress are major triggers of heart disease, depression, chronic pain and neurodegenerative diseases. Dance can help cool the heat and does wonders for your wellbeing and preventing horrible illnesses that can impact negatively on your life. Dance and other…

10 Tips to surviving the start of a Dance Degree

Next week we see the start of new students and the commencement of the famous Freshers week! As an Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University and an Adult Ballet and Contemporary Dance teacher at Bath University it is always lovely to meet fresh faced first years, ready with bursts of energy. Starting Higher Education is…

The Sleeping Dancer

How much sleep do you have every night? Sleep is so fundamental to our everyday well being, which may seem an obvious statement but scientific research has discovered that the world is not having enough sleep. Ideally we should be having 8 hours of sleep a night and as Dancers if you have been moving…

Meet the new Creative Producer for Bath Dance- Fleur Hoefkens-Lee

Meet Fleur Hoefkens-Lee, the new Creative Producer of Bath Dance. Fleur has recently taken over from Lisa Lort, who has moved to Pavilion Dance South West in Bournemouth. I caught up with Fleur to find out more about her background and her vision for Bath Dance. 1. What is your dance background? My love of…

Why are ballet steps in French?

French is considered the language of ballet and the majority of steps have a French name. Quite often a step will sound more complicated than it really is because of the translation into French, such as a ‘plie’ means ‘to bend’. The language of ballet is universal and the steps are taught worldwide. Ballet originated…