Staying healthy is the best way to excel in dance classes. Make sure your dancers are getting the proper nutrition, enough sleep, participating in warm up and cool down sessions, and do not ignore any injuries your dancer may sustain. If your children are physically healthy, that will benefit them mentally and emotionally as well. Here are a few tips to keep your dancers healthy:
- Maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated
Your child’s diet should consist of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fiber, and lean proteins. It is best not to skip any meals and snacking is encouraged. Pack snacks for your children to eat throughout the day and especially during long dance sessions to keep their energy up. Also, be sure that your children are getting enough liquids each day to prevent dehydration. Water is always the best choice, but juices and sodas are okay in moderation.
- Establish good sleep habits
Children and teens should get anywhere from 8-12 hours of sleep per night depending on their age. Getting adequate sleep each night has physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Well rested dancers are able to understand complicated dance routines, apply new information during class, and perform previously learned techniques and routines.
- Warm ups and cool downs are important
It is normal to arrive late or leave class early every once in a while, but the warm up and cool down sessions before and after class are highly important. Warming up stretches increase blood flow and reduce the risk of injury. Cooling down sessions give the heart rate and muscles time to return to normal.
- Don’t ignore injuries
Do not let your dancer “dance through” any injuries or illnesses. Dancing through an injury or illness will only worsen it. If your child is sick or suffering from an injury, speak with their doctor about the best treatment options to get them back on their feet.
Dance Classics is now accepting enrollments for our new season beginning August 9th. We offer a unique blend of dance classes – ballet, tap, jazz, and more – for all ages and levels. Whether your child wants to dance for fun or they have dreams of becoming a professional, Dance Classics can fit their needs. Do not hesitate to contact us at (615) 378-7152 if you need assistance with class placement.