my TC’s 2 year old daughter dancing…..so cute! :)
SHE TOOK THE ARMS IN PART SO SERIOUSLY WHAT SHE’S ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!
Guys, don’t you have other problems than fighting over clogging? It’s a different dance form and we should respect that. We don’t like it when people make fun of us either. Now go work on your turnout or something, that’s a better way to waste time.
Thank you!!!! I’m glad you threw it out there. I’m known for the strong opinions I post about dance which people LOVE or HATE but even I can say that went much too far…. Not to mention cloggers are very talented and many have trained just as hard as we do.
Let’s all take a moment and imagine a world where hardshoes came untied as easily as ghillies….
Just one question? If they use electrical tape to tape an alligators mouth shut in those shows on animal planet, why can’t it keep my hardshoes on?
kimbellll asked: Any advice about jumps? Having a hard time getting both the hang time and front leg up high. Good luck at the worlds!!
I’m in the process of getting my jumps looking nice again, and here are some things that I think are crucial to getting a nice looking jump:
Leg strength: you have to gain the power and speed from your legs. For example, a common soft shoe sequence is “1,2 change step over jump down”. Using the ‘change STEP’ part to push off the ground using only your legs. Doing lots of straight jumps, tuck jumps, frog jumps, etc can help you build leg strength as well as make the connection between using your legs to push off the ground rather than anything else. I do a lot of single leg jumps (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnUsIMvhOI0) to practice using only the strength in the push off leg to get height. If you’re having a hard time holding your front leg up, you can stand facing a table or counter top a leg’s distance away. Put your foot up on the table and straighten your leg and point your foot. Lift up as high as you can and lower back down, repeat as many times as possible. It will help you get the strength in your quads to hold your front leg long and straight.
Core strength: using the combination of core strength AND leg strength, you’ll have the ultimate lift and hold in the air. Your core encompasses the whole trunk of your body - your back, your abdominal muscles, obliques. To strengthen these areas look into core exercises like planks, sit ups, V ups, candles, etc. If you have good core strength, you won’t be tempted to use your arms, shoulder, or head to help you through the jump.
Mentality: a little trick that I use for getting my jumps high and held is to go into the jump pretending that I’m doing a bird. Then at the very last second just as I think I’m going to start dropping I kick out my tucked leg to create a real jump over. It forces me to really stretch out my air time for as long as possible.
And then of course straight legs and pointed toes to finish it off!
that-redhaired-lass asked: Your post about injuries is literally everything. All of the champs at my school are 12-15 and the younger ones pull this crap all the time. They never actually wear their shoes "because their feet hurt" and they dance in tennis shoes. Then when it comes to performances their hardshoe has no sound. And it drives my TC crazy. They don't want to do the champ level strength exercises to prevent these very preventable injuries.
Stay strong with your knee cap troubles :( that sounds so terrible, I’m sorry you have to go through that! Let me know if you ever need to just complain or talk or anything!!! I know it’s so frustrating when others fake I just can’t believe it because they’re throwing raw talent away or just full of excuses.
Anonymous asked: not to be mean, but if the injury is causing u that much pain it doesnt sound like a very good idea. obviously we all want to keep dancing because our passion is so strong, and i commend you for having that much love for our sport but you should take care of ur body and listen to it.
Well thank you for your concern (I think)!…. However, dance saved me when nothing else could. I understand that it’s crazy, it’s completely insane, you’re right. But it kept me alive when my family fell apart, and when my best friend blamed me for her being incredibly suicidal and eventually trying to off herself, and the studio will be there again the next time something tragic happens, so I have these and more huge and private reasons to not stop and I thank god every day that I found this safe place where (even completely broken and blistered) I’m alive. It’s more to me than my sport. I don’t want to come off as rude either. I just love this more than anything. You know?
Here’s some personal background on my dancing life, friends…. I tore out my left ankle dancing when I was 15. It was so damaged that I could bring the bottom of my foot to touch the inside of my leg (try that at home, it’s not human) and couldn’t put any weight on it because nothing was connected. I would literally just fall. I remember sitting in class, waiting for my mom to get there, knowing it was bad because when someone else danced by me the pain from the floor bouncing was so intense that I had to pinch my other leg to distract myself from just screaming out loud. A few weeks later, once the swelling finally went down, a phenomenal surgeon saved my entire dancing career and constructed an ankle stronger than most on the left side. Coming back from that injury took me a year. A full year of struggling. Ice, tears, casts, boots, blood, emotional trauma because everything I had known up until that point was ripped away. I was told absolutely to never dance again…. But I did it and nobody can quite appreciate how hard that is to do when you haven’t done it yourself. Later in life, if I roll that ankle in a similar fashion, the only way I’ll walk again is if they pull a few tendons out of my arm. I don’t think about that… I just dance, dance is worth it. 4 years later - I now have problems dancing because my right ankle is too close to fried for my comfort. The bruising never goes away. The pain when I walk reminds me of what I’m doing to myself. Every night it swells up and I ice it, and stretch it, and try to make it stronger. I haven’t been able to dance through a full class in weeks because the more I dance the worse it gets. This is nearly as challenging to me as the struggles with my left ankle. I push myself far outside of where I should every day and pray every night that it will just magically heal ‘cause I’m out of solutions. I repeat: I just dance, dance is worth it. SO DON’T YOU DARE FAKE AN INJURY TO GET OUT OF CLASS OR TO PLAY IT OFF ON STAGE WHEN YOU FORGET YOUR STEPS OR MESS UP. I know what “rolling your ankle” looks like and honey I know, and the judges know, and your TC knows that you simply forgot your steps. Don’t you dare fake an injury because you’re too tired to dance or would rather be at home. You have no respect for people who grind it out with extreme (and might I add, REAL) pain every day. You are pathetic to fake an injury. Just say “hey, I screwed up and forgot what I was doing” or “yeah I’d just rather be at home watching Netflix right now” but don’t you dare take someone else’s struggles and pain and turn it into what appears to be a reasonable excuse in your eyes. You don’t appreciate or truly love dancing if you’re that full of excuses and reasons not to. Own up when you make a mistake and own up when you’re bored but please don’t take someone else’s pain and use it as an excuse. Just don’t do it. I don’t suggest dancing through pain to anyone FYI, I’m certainly not tougher or stronger than most of you, and I don’t think I’m perfect. But you should respect other people and their pain. If you’re injured you should go see a doctor, I’m just terrible at following my own advice when it comes to that. Don’t send me hate asks or messages, don’t talk crap on this post, it won’t be tolerated. This is my journey and I’m allowed to post this incredibly frustrated opinion. I’d like to finish this off with a warm reminder that if anyone ever needs to talk about a real injury that they’re struggling through then I am here, message me, I know how frustrating it is. Remember people, be real with each other and be real with yourself.