This past year I got a lot more serious about dancing. I joined my studio’s competition team and took more classes than I ever had before. I got a lot better, which is awesome. But my studio doesn’t offer any classes over the summer and I’m afraid I’m going to lose everything I worked so hard on during the year. I don’t want to start back at square one when classes begin again in the fall. Any suggestions?
Congratulations on making the comp team and yay for seeing major improvements in your dancing!
While it’s a bummer that you won’t be able to dance at your own studio this summer, there are tons of ways to make sure your dance skills don’t fall by the wayside. Here are a few things to check out…
Look into local studio workshops or master classes. Check with your teacher to make sure it’s OK, but if she gives you the go ahead, then definitely look and see if nearby studios are offering any summer intensives, dance camps, or master classes. You’ll get to take classes with new teachers and try out new styles, and you’ll probably make some friends along the way.
Hit up conventions. You don’t always have to be competing at Nationals to take part in the competition’s convention portion of the week. Conventions are an amazing way to learn new choreography, network with big-name choreographers, and get totally out of your comfort zone.
Seek private lessons. While your studio may not be officially open, one of your teachers might be open to giving you private lessons. It can’t hurt to ask!
Behold the power of YouTube. Can’t make it to any nearby studios for an official class? Don’t want to shell out the cash for at a pricey convention? That’s what the internet is for! There are thousands—probably even millions—of dance videos online. You can learn choreography (Keone and Mari Madrid are two of our favorites), work on a certain trick you’ve been trying to master (switch-tilt, anyone?), or just follow along to a basic barre. The possibilities truly are endless. You could do a new video every single day right in your living room!
And of course: Stretch every day! But you knew that already.
Be proactive about staying in your best dancing shape this summer, and you’ll be back and better than ever before by the time school starts in the fall!