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Discuss the different aspects of a safe studio practice, which are of concern to us as dancers.

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Bianca Revens Dance Essay Dancer In Action Discuss the different aspects of a safe studio practice, which are of concern to us as dancers. As dancers, safe studio practice is essential. There are many ways to keep safe and stop injury. There are three main issues that need considering when thinking about safe studio practices. These three are a safe environment, the individual dancer and the movements. These three issues include many factors that I will write about in this essay. A safe environment is one of the main issues in keeping a safe studio practice. Dancers need a sprung floor. This is an extremely important factor in environmental causes of injury. The actual floor construction is of the greatest importance to the dancer. A lack of springs can produce many injuries, notably foot problems, injuries in the lumbar region of the spine, in the taking off and landing muscles and in the bones. When considering the floor, the actual surface is important. The difficulties associated with a slippery surface are obvious. Also the floor needs to be cleaned regularly so that rosin doesn't build up, making dancers' feet stick to the floor causing disastrous consequences. Temperature is a factor that needs to be considered. ...read more.


If a dancer was to be doing leaps and spins etc and were to bang into an obstacle this would be extremely dangerous and a safety hazard. The height of the ceiling is another important factor. If the ceiling is too low then a dancer could hit themselves on it whilst jumping. The ceiling should be at least 7.5 ft, allowing the dancer to be able to jump as high as they possibly can without needing to worry about injuries taking place. Another main issue of keeping safe during studio practice is the individual dancer's themselves. For dancers to be safe, they themselves have to think of many factors. Clothes worn must not be too long so that they get in the way of the dancer, causing them to trip or fall. They must not be too revealing either and should provide support if and where necessary. Also, the clothes worn could be a restriction to the dancers' movements so the ideal clothes to wear would be leotard, tights, leggings, jazz pants, shorts etc. Dancers should always have a set of clothes separate from what the dance in for their own hygiene. Dancers' clothes should be layered to cope with a variety of body temperatures and allow dancers to stretch. ...read more.


Once warmed up and ready to dance, dancers should dance to their own capabilities. If one feels faint then one should stop dancing and take a break. Dancers should listen to their bodies. As dancers dance more and more, their stamina increases and they gradually get better, doing more for a longer period f time. When dancers finish dancing they must do a cool down. This is the gradual slowing down of the circulation in order to return to a resting heart rate. Stopping exercise too suddenly can cause the pooling of blood in previously active areas such as the lower limbs causing soreness, fainting and dizziness. Cool downs consist of gentle stretching or breathing exercises for about 5 minutes. Wearing warm clothes after dancing helps to avoid pulls and aches. We can see now that there are many different aspects to consider in order of having a safe studio practice. That is why the dancers need a safe environment, the dancers themselves need to be in the correct clothes with a balanced duet and the movements need to be danced carefully with a warm-up and a cool down. Once all this is taken care of, injury will generally not take place and a dancer will have a safe studio practice. ...read more.

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