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Why do we dance?  Why should we dance? 

 

According to the Australian official guidelines we should be striving towards 60 minutes of exercise (per week), to decrease chances of illness and motivate a positive mindset. 

 

Dance is a  great option for anyone looking to grow and develop new skills. A Backstreet Dance class is an encouraging safe environment for students to participate in. With classes on average spanning  an hour and catering  for every skill level,   adding a weekly class is a  great way to develop a schedule. However, there are many other outstanding benefits Backstreet Dance has taught me as a willing student that are transferable to all walks of life including;  

 

·         Offering a creative outlet to reduce stress

·         Increasing self-esteem and confidence

·         Improvement in time-management

·         Communication  and teamwork

·         Building social skills and family

·         Body confidence  and gratitude

·         DANCE GROOVES, of course!

 

All of these skills listed above have moulded my personal growth. Dancing in an uplifting and encouraging environment that has allowed me to strengthen these skills independently through fun activities and enriching workshops. I love coming to dance and knowing it is preparing me for my future while keeping me in shape and being so much FUN!

 

By Sarah Jegou (General Assistant & Student Teacher at Backstreet Dance)

 

 

 

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Tips for Over 50’s wanting to Learn to Dance

 

  1. Feel confident, even if you aren’t,  know that you can be by just holding your head up with a straight back as you walk into class.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, you have one less thing to worry about
  3. You may think others are judging you but they aren’t as they may have similar issues as yourself
  4. Be present, listening to teacher and feeling the vibe and beat of the music, most times you can sing along to feel more comfortable.
  5. Most times you can video the teacher or class to take home and practice the choreograph
  6. Finally, just simple:  Smile and have fun and make the most of meeting new people and dancing

 

By Christine Downie (Deb's mum and an Adult Dance Student in Adult Jazz)

Christine is in her 70s!!

 

 

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5 Tips for better Stretching Techniques!

 

 

  1. Breathe through your stretches. Breathing while you stretch is so important as it ensures oxygen is getting to all your muscles – when you go into a stretch breathe out all the way to enable a deeper stretch.
  2. Incorporate dynamic stretches. These are stretches with movement which loosen up the muscles and thoroughly stretches them out.
  3. Hold each stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds. This enables muscle fibres to be stretched out adequately and give maximum results.
  4. Stretch every day. Find the time to do this every day even if it is just for 5 minutes - this will improve body elasticity and increase flexibility.
  5. Stretch with music. This is will help motivate you and it will be easier to stretch to the rhythm of the song.

 

By Hayley Verwey (Qualified Assistant Teacher)

 

 

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8 TIPS to have a Positive Mindset

 

As a dancer having a positive mindset is crucial for development of yourself as a dancer and a person. Whether you have been dancing for a long time, just started or don’t dance at all it is important to be aware of your mindset at all times.

 

Here are 8 tips on how to maintain a positive mindset in and out of dance:

  1. Put your outside life aside during dance class- go into dance with a fresh mindset and try to forget anything bad that may have happened that day.
  2. Connect with new people- make new friends that are fun to be around and put you in a good mood.
  3. Challenge yourself- try new things and get out of your comfort zone.
  4. Give yourself positive feedback- if you think you do something well praise yourself, it will make you feel good.
  5. Help others- this is another way to make yourself and other people feel happy.
  6. Eat and drink well- whatever you put into your body will reflect whether you have a positive mindset. Eat foods that make you feel alive.
  7. Focus on the present- there is no point in worrying about things have haven’t happened yet or that is in the past.
  8. Start the day with a positive affirmation- wake up and feed your mind positivity from the start of the day, e.g Today will be an exciting day.

 

These are tips that have helped me through times where my mindset hasn’t been as positive as it could be, so I hope they help you as well.

 

Jaime Dungar (ex-staff member and current dance student)

 

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7 TIPS on how to be Flexible

 1. Warming up before stretching will limit the risk of hurting yourself

2. Use dynamic stretches in your routine. These are stretches where you keep moving. E.g. swinging your leg
3. Stretch while you do everyday tasks:
Cobra stretch while you're watching TV, split while you're reading
4. Don't compare yourself to other flexible people but definitely let them inspire you to stretch more
5. When stretching, a little pulling feeling is good but as soon as it becomes painful, you should stop
6. Take pictures throughout your journey. People often feel disheartened when they're not flexible after one week but seeing the progress will motivate you more
7. Use Google and YouTube. You may find stretches you never thought of that are perfect for your body

 

By Brooke Day (Qualified Dance Teacher & Assistant Teacher)

 

 

 

 

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Why you shouldn't quit dance to study

 

  • One thing that everyone has in common is that we all feel stress.

     

  • Young people in Australia experience very high stress in schools, which has negative impacts on their academic performance and mental health.

     

  • Children need time to relax and be kids. Unfortunately, sometimes even fun activities, like sports, can become more about success than they are about fun. Instead, it is important to ensure that your child engages in play purely for the sake of FUN.

     

  • Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress.

     

  • When you exercise, you release chemicals called endorphins that trigger positive feelings. Dance also encourages kids to release their inhibitions and build confidence. Dance requires a certain level of focus and practice. Kids can learn to focus their movements, control their emotional energy, and practice to achieve higher goals. These skills will help a young person's emotional well-being in academics as well.

     

  • Dance can help restore joy and stability in troubled lives and ease the tensions in schools that are disrupted by violence and bullying.

     

  • Does quitting help young people to pass exams or improve their grades? ...............At an age when teenagers’ brains are wired to seek and get high on pleasure, surely forcing children to give up on the fun and creative stuff is a recipe for a deeply miserable time.

 

  • Shockingly, 1 in 6 young Australians are currently experiencing anxiety often due to a range of stresses from cyber bullying to school exams. A dance class focusses on the present and so teaches children to be mindful and forget past worries and anxiety over the future.

 

 

References:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/16-ways-relieve-stress-anxiety#1.-Exercise

https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/nearly-half-of-australian-school-kids-are-stressed-heres-how-to-fix-it-20180126-h0omvq.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/dont-worry-mom/201302/12-tips-reduce-your-childs-stress-and-anxiety

https://www.tapa.net.au/2019/01/19/dont-make-your-kids-quit-dancing-to-study/

https://www.iseeme.com/blog/blog/2019/02/05/5-reasons-dance-is-good-for-kids/#:~:text=When%20kids%20participate%20in%20dance,their%20inhibitions%20and%20build%20confidence.

https://www.reded.com.au/2017/02/09/10-reasons-to-get-your-kids-dancing/

 

 

By Deborah Storer

Director and Qualified Dance Teacher

p.s. Dance saved Deb's life!!!!

 

................................................................................................................................................................................................................   Foods to Eat Before Class

Choosing the right food to eat before dance can be difficult.

You want a food that is healthy and same time also really yummy.

Some of you may think, “well, what about Chocolate?”.

Everyone says it’s meant to help you, but I don’t think it would be the healthiest option, unless you just eat it as a cocoa pod with no sugar. It wouldn’t taste very nice!!

Here are some foods that I personally would eat before class...

  • Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios, etc)
  • Fruit (preferable not dried, fresh fruit, if available)
  • Wholegrain crackers and cheese ( try not to add too many toppings, after all we are not trying to make a pizza)
  • Hummus and vegetables (if you do not like hummus try just eating carrot or cucumber sticks)
  • Natural energy bars or homemade granola bars (nut bars are very healthy and very yummy)

 

There are many more options to eat, but just remember, if you are going to eat something-know your portions.

 

By Marta Rubulis (Trainee Assistant Teacher & Performance Troupe Student)

 

 

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