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5 Tips for Living a Dancer Lifestyle

In the dance and performing arts world, there is so much pressure to look a certain way, act a certain way or try to fit into a mold created by society that defines what a dancer is. At FloFiyah, we reject those ideals. To be a dancer is to tap into the creative spirit of motion; to be free to wiggle and jive as you see fit; to use the beautiful body God gave you to move as the music moves you! To dance is to have fun, be free, learn something new, enjoy life and live like no one is watching!

man and woman dancing outside studio in chicago for performing arts

With that said, of course, there are tips on how to improve dance technique and prepare your body for dance. Simply living a more healthy, active lifestyle can provide you with more stamina to dance longer and more often. Check out the tips below and contact us when you're ready to hop into class and live the dancer lifestyle with us!

Let Go Of What You Believe A Dancer Should Look Like

Dancers come in all shapes and sizes. Tall, short, skinny, chunky, handicapped, long hair, no hair, of all genders and races. There is no such thing as an ideal dancer body, although some media messages may have you believing such foolishness. The only requirement for a dancer body is the ability to move it and groove it! If you can wiggle your toes, you can dance. If you can lift your arms above your head, you can dance! Never let the idea that you don't look like a dancer come between you and the stage. If you can dance, you already look like a dancer!

Tap Into the Creative Spirit As a Daily Routine

Any skill must be honed regularly, even artistic ones. While many in the creative arts industry talk about their inspiration simply coming to them when they feel the creative spirit flowing, many also know how to purposefully connect to that spirit to increase the regularity of that flow. Try meditation, journaling, positive visualization or prayer to help connect with the higher creative spirit every day. Take just five minutes per day to stop, pause, clear your mind, breathe deeply and allow the creative juices to flow through you without effort.

woman meditating before dance technique class in Chicago

Strengthen Your Core

Your core is the power house of your dance routine. The strength of your abdomen is directly connected to the strength of your breath which allows you the nece