Perfection

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As dancers, we are always striving for perfection. We are always giving every class our all and working until our bodies simply can’t go anymore. We work everyday to get better and to perfect every turn, every balance, and every lift. We don’t settle for average. Believe it or not, this can actually not be a good thing in some situations. Our bodies can only handle so much, and too much of something can be very hurtful. If we overdo it on kicks, lifts, or jumps, we are actually hurting our bodies rather than helping them. I know a lot of dancers who have had injuries due to overworking a certain muscle from hours and hours of practicing the same move over and over. I am not trying to discourage you from working hard and practicing to perfect your movements, but I am just saying that doing a ponche’ 500 times in nine hours of rehearsals in a day isn’t going to help you in the long run. You will eventually strain or pull that muscle after repeating this routine for several days. Believe it or not, you will actually be better off practicing that movement 25 times everyday for several weeks rather than 500 times everyday! Practice hard, and dance often, yet realize that you need to respect your body and take it one day at a time. Your body will thank you later! 😉

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