How To Adjust To Dance Training at Home

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It’s hard to believe it’s already October. But as I surround myself with pumpkin spice everything and binge-watch scary movies, it’s undeniable that it’s fall and Halloween is just around the corner. Unlike prior years, when I would be busy making my usual preparations for over-the-top Halloween celebrations, I’ve been busy making changes to my home to allow me to incorporate more dance training into my routine during these unprecedented times. 

For many of us, to ensure our health and safety, dance training this fall will need to be done at home. Many dance studios are either closed or operating at a very limited capacity. If any of you are struggling with figuring out how to keep dance in (or put dance back into) your life as an at-home activity, I’m hoping the below suggestions will help you find your way.

1. Modify. Modify. Modify. 
When dancing at home, unless you have a home studio, you’ll likely need to make modifications to your training so that you don’t injure yourself. Modifications aren’t the end of the world! 

If the choreography you’re working on requires more space than you have, add direction changes or work on it in pieces. If your floor doesn’t have a lot of give (most don’t), reduce jumps (or remove them altogether depending on the amount of spring in your floor and your own body), because practicing leaps on a floor that is not sprung—like it would be in a studio—will wreak havoc on your joints and could cause serious injury. You’ll also likely need to modify your turns. If you’re dancing on a floor that is too sticky (or fuzzy, like a carpet), you should take out the turns and replace them with balances. Turning on a floor with too much friction can cause your knees and ankles to torque in an unhealthy, potentially damaging way. 

Don’t let the fact that certain flooring will impact your training discourage, you, though. You just need to remember to be creative in the way you think about your training. For example, maybe one portion of your home has a great floor for turning, but no space for traveling, while another may have a ton of room for doing choreography that travels, but a floor that is sticky as all get out. Change locations to safely work on different elements of your dance practice. Maybe you dance the choreography from a virtual class in your big, sticky-floored space—modifying to remove turns—and then separately work your pirouettes in a different part of your home.

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2. Your dance space.
On top of modifying your dance training, you can also modify…wait for it…your home! Ask yourself how you can transform your home to be a more workable home dance studio. Since most of us aren’t lucky enough to have sprung Marley floors, ballet barres, and walls of mirrors, it can require some creativity. It’ll also probably require moving some

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Inside Ferne McCann’s amazing 30th birthday party in her garden with dance podium, booze and only five friends

FERNE McCann celebrated her 30th birthday in style with an incredible garden party – with a dance podium, booze and only five friends.

The former TOWIE star marked her big day with special garden festivities on Saturday.

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Ferne marked her special day with five pals to stick to coronavirus guidelines

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Ferne marked her special day with five pals to stick to coronavirus guidelinesCredit: Instagram

The reality star pulled out all the stops to make sure her guests had a great time while following the new rules allowing groups of only six to gather.

The new coronavirus regulations ban more than six people meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors.

The mum-of-one looked sensational wearing a white silk skirt and a baby pink crop top.

The star later changed into a yellow mini plunging halter neck dress showing off her incredible figure.

The reality star enjoyed a garden party complete with live music and a podium

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The reality star enjoyed a garden party complete with live music and a podiumCredit: instagram
Ferne looked sensational in a plunging yellow halter neck dress

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Ferne looked sensational in a plunging yellow halter neck dressCredit: Instagram

The TV beauty let her hair down for the evening as she danced on the podium and enjoyed music from a live band.

The First Time Mum star was joined by best pal Sam Faiers and sister Billie along with three other friends.

The group looked in good spirits as they took to social media to share videos of the boozy bash.

Alongside a video of her dancing, Ferne wrote: “Finally got to celebrate my 30th with my party of 6.”

Ferne has recently renovated her luxury Essex farmhouse

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Ferne has recently renovated her luxury Essex farmhouse Credit: Instagram

Ferne showed off her huge garden complete with swanky hot tub and gorgeous views of the Essex countryside.

The reality star moved into the beautiful Essex farmhouse at the end of last year and spent months transforming it into her forever home.

Ferne turned 30 in August but had a lowkey birthday with her family before she jetted off with a couple of friends to the South of France to celebrate her milestone.

However the mum-of-one came up with a more than suitable alternative, jetting to the South of France with a couple of pals for a 24 hour celebration.

The TV beauty jetted off to South of France to celebrate her milestone last month

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The TV beauty jetted off to South of France to celebrate her milestone last monthCredit: Instagram

Taking to her Instagram, Ferne shared a video of her birthday outfit, which consisted of a lime green satin slip dress featuring an open back and asymmetric hemline.

With her new short hair and golden glow, Ferne beamed as she twirled for the camera, showing off her gym-honed physique at the same time.

She captioned the slow motion clip: “30 never felt so good…..Woweeee just touched down in London Town after a quick pit stop in SOF.

“I had to cancel my 30th birthday party this wkend due to covid, but I can safely say I have THE best friends who have spoilt me rotten! So god dam #grateful 🖤 #makingmemories #sof #cannes.”

Ferne showed off her impressive garden complete with luxury hot tub

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Ferne showed off her
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Momentum brings dance to the Alaska Botanical Garden

Dancers with Momentum Dance Collective performed at the Alaska Botanical Garden on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21. The pathway performance “Sugar & Salt” was held in collaboration with The Forest That Never Sleeps, a project of Anchorage musician Kat Moore, whose music was broadcast on 106.1 KONR radio during each of shows. People could also watch the performances online.

“We’ve done a lot of work in unusual spaces and nontraditional theatre spaces. We really like bringing dance into the community,” said executive artistic director and dancer Becky Kendall. “This year was a little different because we had to think very differently not about where we were dancing, but about how people were watching.”

Momentum Dance Collective, now in its 13th year, had scheduled a piece for a stage performance in April.

“When that didn’t happen we had to rethink what a show meant, and we had to rethink what the content would be because the world changed,” Kendall said.

Audience wore masks as the watched Irenerose Castillo danced during Sugar & Salt at the Alaska Botanical Garden on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

“It’s a version of what we were thinking of doing in April,” added Irenerose Casillo. “With the pandemic and people having to be careful with where they are and how they experience things, I thought, maybe we dance on a path. We feel safe at home, we feel safe outside, so why don’t we bring those elements together on this pathway.”

Dancers with Momentum Dance Collective performed live and virtually at the Alaska Botanical Garden on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Dancers from left, Beth Daly Gamble, Stephanie Stepp, and Amy Kofoid with Momentum Dance Collective performed live and virtually at the Alaska Botanical Garden on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Kir Moore and Huey Worrell watched the dance performance on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Dancer Courtney Meneses performs with Momentum Dance Collective at the Alaska Botanical Garden on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Irenerose Casillo and Becky Kendall of Momentum Dance Collective dance during the pathway performance of Sugar & Salt at the Alaska Botanical Garden on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

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