Strength Training for Dancers
Why would a dancer lift weights?
Dancers are seen as fluid and graceful, doing beautiful movements, seemingly without effort.
What is not easy to see is all the hours of training that goes into it. Most people do not understand how strong dancers have to be to hold a pose or catch someone and make it look like second nature.
They have no concept of the pain they may be in from a sprained ankle or how exhausted they may be from travelling and practising for perfection.
Considering the often hectic schedule of dancers, why would you bother to add yet another thing, like strength training
Most of you may have heard of hockey players taking Ballet. They take ballet because it makes them better hockey players. Why would a dancer think any differently?
Supplemental training is necessary is for balance, endurance, strength, power, recovery.
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Let’s break this down
Doesn't lifting weights make me look bulky
Many years ago there was this idea that lifting weights would make a dancer less aesthetically pleasing. This has been disproved as dancers use so much endurance muscle that they tend to grow long lean muscle. However, dancers are such all-around athletes that they must have some strength and power thrown in to adequately and consistently provide the magical experience we as an audience have come to expect.
When properly trained and supported we can assist these dancers/athletes having long and productive careers while minimizing injuries and providing a better quality of life.