The Value of Sweat Equity.

The More you sweat the more you work: the more you work the farther you get :. the farther you get the great parts you dance , the famous ballets you have experienced:  LIFE IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL ! Sweat Equity:  What does it mean?   The equity that is created in a company or some other asset as a direct result of hard work by the owner(s).,  So in terms of the dancer and the dancer.. I think these three points sum it up perfectly. 

Commitment: Is he or she committed to being dancer for the long haul?

Unique contribution: Does he or she bring specialized knowledge, skills, leadership ability or experiences that you don’t have?

Hopes and dreams: Are his or her hopes and dreams for ballet company’s  success and creative expression the same as yours?  If not, are the differences substantiate enough that they’ll pull the company apart.

To prepare students for advanced dance and professional training in a stimulating and creative environment   take a lot of care and determination from both sides of the party. 

1. The “P” word – PRACTICE. Yes, there are things you can work on at home. If you are unsure about what you need to work on, how to set goals, or ways to achieve these goals, talk to your dance teacher and I’m sure he/she will be able to assist. Please be careful and attentive in your practice, however, and don’t attempt anything that you have not already covered in class. Practicing something that you are not ready for, at the least, can form bad habits that will need to be broken and re-learned and, at worst, can lead to serious injury.

 2. Attend a summer intensive or dance workshop. If your studio has its own workshops, great. There is value in seeking something elsewhere, however. You will not only keep up over the summer, but expand your dance experiences with instruction, choreography, and concepts from different teachers and meet other dancers that perhaps come from other schools or backgrounds. Some deadlines for admission to workshops have already passed, however it may still be worth looking for something this summer.

3. Go to a dance performance, or two, or more! (Your own recital doesn’t count. Going to a friend’s, well that’s nice and all, but try a professional concert or a performance in a style with which you are unfamiliar for a change.) I can’t stress enough how important it is for dance students to see live performances, and summer is a great time to do that. If your family goes on vacation, check out the local dance companies, festivals, and performances at your destination. One way to do that is with sites like citysearch.com.  cyberdance.com, etc, Jacobs Pillow, American Dance Festival to name a few.

  4. Read and Rent. Visit the dance/performing arts section of your local public or university library and do some summer reading about your craft. Rent dance DVDs at your local video .  store (they sometimes have performance footage of famous or historic works available, so resist the temptation to rent Centre Stage or Dirty Dancing for the zillionth time) or try NetFlix.

5.  Stretching is a key part of your stress equity  program. Stretching before your dance — especially if you have tight or injured muscles — can prepare your body to exercise. Stretching after your workout promotes better range of motion of your joints. Stretching also improves your flexibility, balance and coordination. When you’re stretching, keep it gentle. Breathe freely as you hold each stretch. Try not to hold your breath. Don’t bounce or hold a painful stretch. Expect to feel tension while you’re stretching. If you feel pain, you’ve gone too far.

 

 

 

 

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