First of all, Svetlana Zhakarova is RIDICULOUS!!! But that really has nothing to do with anything I want to talk about today. But seriously. Ridiculous.
Anyway, as some of you know already, I have shed my east-side, pepper spray-carrying, “hood” identity, in favour of a new “west-side” one. One where I no longer walk fast, avoid eye contact, and try to look tough. Will this be better? Who knows. What I DO know, is that I now live farther away from EVERYONE, but a 30 minute bike ride from downtown is really nothing to complain about. It’s actually pretty fun (yes, I got a new bike, in case you were wondering).
However, as part of my west-side identity, I no longer have a computer or internet. Talk about roughing it… Actually, I still have a computer, just not one with a functioning screen. As I am typing this, the screen is completely black (so if there are more typos than usual in this post, don’t judge!). To get the screen to work I have to smack it every 5 seconds or so, so I’ve resorted to just letting it go black and typing blind. Needless to say I will be spending much more time at the library.
This also means that the article I was working on (a really exciting one about how to improve develope height), will be delayed because there are a lot of videos I need to upload to Youtube, requiring me to be at a computer for a while, and with a screen that actually works no less… So patience please! I am hoping to have time to finish the article later this week.
That being said, instead of the article I WANTED to have posted, I came across a really great blog about dancing called The Healthy Dancer, and their post today was one that made me want to high five the author, take her by the hands and do a little spin around, and say THANK YOU!
Check it out:
The article is about dancers’ attitudes towards cross-training, how they THINK it should feel, and how even though they may be doing beneficial strength training, and doing things that are “good” for their highly unbalanced dancer bodies, they remain ever the over-achiever, the performer, and the masochist, hiding their pain, disregarding warning signs of overuse injury, and wanting to please so very badly the audience (trainer).
Dancers need to let go of this mentality when they leave the stage and the studio, and take care of themselves by listening to what their bodies are really saying!
Check out the latest Healthy Dancer post (which by the way, applies to almost all of my dancer clients, who when I ask if something caused them pain, say, “Well, no not REALLY, like, I could push through it if you want me too, it’s nothing I’m not used to, it’s just like, a moderate pinchy feeling”… Good grief).
I don’t have a clever way of finishing this article. So that’s it. Bye guys.