How does injury improve your ballet technique?
I just wanted to check in with you: how are things going with your goals of improving your ballet technique? Recently, I send out a survey, to the Accidental Artist Community. The results showed that the desire to improve was the top concern of our Community!
I know I’ve thrown a lot of information at you over the last two and a half years on this blog but I want to make sure it’s all sinking in.
And here’s an important point: You don’t have to do this all on your own. Improving your technique is not about working harder; it’s about working smarter.
(You know my blue girl! With those glasses, she looks smart.)
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How to improve your ballet technique when injured
Like most dancers, the first time I began “ballet conditioning” was post-injury. EVERY time that I returned to dancing, I was stronger than I was pre-injury. Through injury, I created new habits and strength that improved my technique.
In a nutshell, that is why I advocate “smart” dancing. Use conditioning as part of your ballet training before you are injured. Most dance injuries are due to weakness or overuse, rather than an accident.
With a little extra time spent outside of class, there is a great chance of success and a diminished chance of injury. There are many routes for conditioning but my proven results have been entirely based on conditioning that is grounded in physical therapy exercises.
I was reminded of this typical result when I read this interview of a dancer with American Ballet Theatre by Cloud and Victory.
“Sometimes I feel we are so hard on ourselves. I don’t feel like I’m back at 100% again and I’m sure that will take time, but I’ve had some friends tell me that I’m dancing stronger than before, and that is really nice to hear! But there is still a lot of work to be done.”
“I also do a lot of cross-training with a personal trainer, which I never did before my injury – so this is like a whole new world for me! I do Pilates, gym stuff, cardio, running. It is pretty full-on.”
Dancer with American Ballet Theatre