With the summer holidays coming up, dance classes aren’t available and you might like to keep up some fitness to get a good start to the next year. It is great for your body to have a rest, especially younger dancers, 11-14 years old. In the Southern Hemisphere, younger individuals often go through a growth spurt at this time of the year, so it’s great to let your body catch up.
When you go through a growth spurt you often lose strength and coordination and it can take a few months for your body to catch up. Keep this in mind when you return to classes next year, you may need to ease into things a bit more to enable your body to strengthen and aim to avoid injury. For some older dancers, you might like to keep up some conditioning during the holidays so that you’re ready to get back into classes or summer schools and workshops. Cross training is useful to give your body a rest from dance, you might like to address some areas whilst you’re on break.
Any injuries or niggles should be fully addressed during this time and don’t just think it will be fine when I go back. Make sure it is fine so that you can start the year on the right foot. This might entail fully addressing contributing factors that might have influenced the injury. Cardiovascular fitness is useful to address during this time, there often aren’t enough hours in the day to address this area during the year and many dancers have poor cardiovascular fitness that can lead to fatigue, a main risk factor of injury.