Tag Archives: injury prevention

Happy Food= Happy Dancer. Part 4: Planning, Stocking and eating well.

In this mini series of food, I have talked about the positive effect that good quality, fresh food has on your mood, health and creativity and the negative impact of processed food. Better food = better health. As a dancer the nutrients we put in our body is vital to sustain a long career and…

Happy Food = Happy Dancer. Part 2: Lunch/Dinner

“You are what you eat. So don’t be fast, cheap, easy or fake”. (Amelia Freer, 2015). I look at food completely differently compared to a couple of years ago. Food was just food; a necessity, a pretty nice necessity but I made the same choices without much thought again and again. I would have acne…

Happy Food = Happy Dancer. Part 1: Breakfast

This month, my blogs will be focusing on ‘happy food’ and how it can make you feel more energetic, centred and keep your mood on an even kilter. The pathway to wellness and vitality is through the food that we put in our body. Every time we eat, we should question: is this going to…

Keeping warm, healthy and happy in and out of the studio.

Hot, sweaty studios are a breeding ground for colds and flu but how can we keep well? Do you find that the moment one person in your class or company has a virus, it soon spreads like wildfire and everyone has it?! Keeping warm and cosy during this cold spell and dismal weather can at…

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…