“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.”

– Mikhail Baryshnikov

“Dance is the hidden
language of the soul.”

– Martha Graham

What is a dance conditioning

Dance conditioning is a fitness conditioning system similar to what is offered in technique portions of a ballet class or modern dance class. A typical dance class begins in the center of the floor or at the barre and consists of a series of exercises to improve the dancers form or technique. Think of it as the time to develop the dancers skills in order to move on to the later portion of a class where you begin to put the skills together and move across the floor. If you haven’t taken dance class before, maybe you have heard the term plie or ten due, or even arabesque. These moves are put together with the fundamentals of fitness to create a Dance Conditioning workout. You don’t have to have any prior knowledge of these dance movements in order to take a class and feel the benefits it has to offer.

dance-page-2Performed standing alone or holding on to a barre or the back of a chair, a series of small movements are repeated within a small range of motion or executed in a held position. No jumping or jarring of the bones, small movements work your muscles and are easy on the joints which give you power without the risk of injuries. For example a squat can be held while lifting your heels or simply pulsing in the squat, a series of leg lifts can occur with a bent or straight leg to the front, side, and back. Small props may be added to increase the resistance, such as hand weights, small balls, or elastic bands. Each person, from beginner to advanced, can modify the exercises to work within their range of motion making it safe for all levels.

Classes are designed to strengthen the core while improving balance, coordination, and flexibility. Dance Conditioning focuses on the core muscles groups that are often neglected in conventional strength training, helping create better endurance for other activities and sports, and better range of motion. Posture greatly improves while developing more fluid mobility and discovering greater body awareness. Knee alignment improves while executing better recruitment of major muscle groups like your quads and hamstrings. Some people are very strong in their legs, but tight in the hips, while others are very flexible in their hips, but weak in their major leg muscles. This class targets both making it beneficial to all body types. When you have a more well rounded workout routine you are more likely to avoid injury and move pain free for a longer period of time. It is a fun way to get your workout in and to practice moving with power and grace.

Benefits of Dance

  • strengthens the core
  • improves balance and alignment
  • scultps abs
  • defines gluts, thighs and legs
  • increases flexibility
  • tones arms, shoulders and back
  • improves coordination
  • provides an empowering workout

“”A radiant body expresses spontaneous, authentic confidence, freedom, love and happiness. It’s a body that expresses vitality, intelligence, and creativity. It’s you being strong, flexible, and full of life.””

– Anat Baniel