Happy back to school season, everyone! We hope all of our dancers have had a great start to their school year and are ready to tackle whatever comes their way! Back to school means back to dance and we could not be more excited to get back in the studio!
We’d like to dedicate this month’s blog post to our fabulous students who are taking on their first or another year at Music in Motion. We are so excited to welcome all of our new students and families and we LOVE watching our returning students grow year after year. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of being a dance teacher!
The first week back to dance can be rough on the body, especially if you didn’t dance this summer! So it’s time to ensure that fatigue and sore muscles don’t get the best of you this year and we’re here to send all our BEST tips your way!
How to prepare for your first week back to dance:
1. Make sure all your registration is taken care of ahead of time!
There is still time to register and it’s always easier to get it done before classes start. It will be one less thing you have to worry about during your hectic first week back at dance. Skip the scramble, check out our schedule, and register online today!
2. Catch enough Z’s!
We know this one is hard when you’re still getting adjusted to long days at school. But for the first week back at dance, make an extra effort to get to sleep on time. It will be your first week of a full schedule and without 8 hours, your leaps will be lower and your splits will be higher. No dozing off allowed at the ballet barre hehe!
3. Fuel your body.
Don’t run out of gas! Skip the diet coke and stock up on plenty of water bottles. Ditch the potato chips and grab a healthy snack after school. It’s always helpful to eat a light snack before class starts. Make sure it’s something that will give you long-lasting energy that will last from plies ALL the way through grande allegro.
4. Check out the dress code, make sure your dancewear still fits, and pack your dance bag ahead of time.
Our students all grow at different rates. Before the session starts is a great time to check in with the dress code at MIM and with all your dancewear to make sure everything still fits. Do a fashion show at home with everything you wear for dance class (including tights and shoes!) and place orders for anything you need to upgrade now so that you will be all set for the first day of classes. (Pro Tip: Did you know we sell dancewear at Music In Motion?! It is the easiest way to make sure you are wearing the right thing for class!)
For your first day of class, nothing is worse than scrambling around, rushing to get out the door, and getting to class with one minute to spare only to realize you forgot your tap shoes. Trust us, we’ve been there too! Get your gear in order the night before so your first week back is smooth sailing. Pack plenty of snacks, water bottles, first aid items, and an extra pair of tights. Thank us later!
5. Get to class early!
This is a good habit to get used to year-round, but it’s especially important during the first week back. Getting to class 10 minutes early gives you time to figure out what studio you’re in, to go to the bathroom before class, and to stretch before you jump right in. Your muscles will be grateful and you will avoid the “always go to the bathroom before class” lecture that you KNOW if coming from your instructor!
6. Be kind and welcoming to new students.
There are always many new dancers at the studio during the first couple weeks of class. Don’t forget about what it was like to enter our studio doors for the first time. It can be nerve-wracking! Use your age and experience to welcome new dancers who might not be as confident about the new dance season. And remember, dance friends are the best friends… and you can never have too many!
7. Think positive… ALWAYS!
During the first week back, you might find that your legs are a little lower than they were at recital last year. Or your perfect double pirouette may have worked its way back to a sloppy single. It happens! Be nice to your body and stay positive. Keep pushing and you will work your way back in no time.
We can’t wait to see you all back in the studio! Follow these tips, and your first week back will be smoother than Misty Copeland’s pirouettes!
From all of us here at Music in Motion, happy dancing to our new AND returning students! It’s going to be a great year!