Posted by Rhiannon Pelletier under Advice
The Warm-Up Blues
 It’s mid-January and unless you’re fortunate enough to reside in a warm, tropical climate, then you’re like me and endure an icy tundra of subzero temperatures and never ending precipitation every winter. This unfortunately does not make for a happy body going into dance class. You’re cold, shivering, and your muscles have tightened up. This time of year, it’s more important than ever to properly prepare yourself for dance class.
For some helpful warm-up techniques and routines, take a look at The Dancer’s Warm-Up. Today, I’d like to address some other things you can do to prepare your body for class, particularly during the cold weather seasons. Keeping yourself moving during the day can be extremely beneficial. You feel looser, warmer, and are more mobile by the time class rolls around. Many dancers spend their mornings and afternoons in school which means a lot of stationary time at a desk. During break at those two hours college courses, take advantage of that five minutes, get up and walk around. A body at rest stays at rest, a body in motion stays in motion.
Additionally, wearing proper warm-up attire can get you loosened and sweating sooner. Of course, this is all down to personal preference and everyone does something different. Personally, I typically wear pale pink legwarmers and a dance skirt underneath black knit overalls, a sweater or sweatshirt, and sometimes even booties or thick socks over my shoes. The layers come off as I warm up before and during class. 
Being properly warmed up and maintaining that throughout class can prevent countless injuries. When your muscles are cold, they tighten. Being in class, stretching and defying that resistance, is an extremely frequent time for injuries occur. So don’t be afraid to bundle up during those long winter months.
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