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Recreation vs. Competitive Dance

Posted by Lindsay Huitt on October 29, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Recreational and Competitive Dance. Two very different worlds of dance. Both with a unique set of benefits and challenges. Here is why we support both.

 

When a young child steps into the studio for the first time they often already bring with them a love of movement and music. Parents will tell me "He/she dances all the time at home. She just loves it!" We are born with a natural enjoyment of moving to music. At it's simplest form this is recreational dance.


Children will be asked to dance in preschool, P.E. classes, music class, at weddings and birthday parties. There are so many times in life we get the opportunity to dance, doesn't it just make sense to know a few basics to make this easier? Taking a few recreational dance classes will put the tools in your child's reach for understanding tempo, rhythm, coordination and footwork.


Consider enrolling your child in different styles of dance such as ballet and hip hop to get a variety of exposure and acquire skills such as grace and power in movement. You have probably heard of football and wrestling coaches who require their team members to take ballet to help them be lighter on their feet or quicker at changing the direction of momentum of their weight in motion.


Exercise might be another obvious benefit that inspires parents to try dance classes. Dancers don't just burn calories in class, they build muscle, stretch to prevent injury, relieve stress, and improve motor skills. Multiple weekly classes in different styles will boost all of these benefits even more.


Challenges? A recreational student might encounter some classes were other students dance year round and are competing in dance competitions, which can be overwhelming. While this may be uncomfortable for a newer student at the core we are all in class for the same reason. Dance is healthy and fun whether you pursue it as a career, a canvas of self expression or a means of fitness. 


Competitive Dance. When your child decides "Dance is my sport" you begin your journey as a "dance mom" or dad ;).   Our studio is unique in it's size, instruction and ambition. As the coach of our competition teams my focus for the dancers is education and experience. Dancers are required to pay great attention to detail, work as a member of a team, be committed to all practices, help with fundraising, be respectful of all other dancers/team/coaches, and push their physical skill boundaries. Our competition season is January to April but the commitment to practices and the team are a full school year. For the dancers own education and growth they are required to be enrolled in at least one other class during the Fall of the year. The more classes a person takes the stronger their mental muscles become for learning choreography, an important skill for every dancer. Competition may sound like a big decision to you and you are right, it is! But the rewards are also big. Kids make life long friendships, learn lessons applicable to any sport, have the chance to earn individual awards, compete at STATE, make lasting memories, and prepare for high school or college level dance. If your son or daughter is interested in trying out for a team I would love to talk more with you personally. You may also want to pick the brains of any of our Ignite Dance Crew parents or kids. :) Thank you for reading! Blessings, Lindsay Huitt Owner, Dolce Dance

3 Steps to having a smooth first day of dance.

Posted by Lindsay Huitt on October 22, 2015 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (1)

What if my child cries? Or doesn't listen to the teacher? What if she won't participate? 

You know what? If any of the above happen it would be totally normal! Including seeing your sweet little one attempt to roll across the floor and lick the mirror. Seriously. It's normal.

So how can you prepare your child for a fun and fruitful class experience?


1. Arrive early! Come into the studio 10-15 minutes before the first class. Meet the instructor, get a quick tour of where the restroom is and where the class will be held. Stow shoes, coats and water bottles on the cubby shelf and find a spot to sit at the edge of the classroom.  


2. Talk about what to expect before coming to class. Explain to your little one a bit about listening to the teacher. Let them know they will make new friends. If their class requires special clothing explain this to your dancer and show them pictures online or in books.


3. Plan for it to take a few weeks for your child to adjust to the class norms.  Do your best to arrive early each week. It is difficult for almost all children to jump in once class has started. After a few weeks your little star will know just what to do each week and will be excited to attend class! 

Now relax mama! Get your camera ready and take a deep breath. 8)

The 3 things you need for your first dance class.

Posted by Lindsay Huitt on October 12, 2015 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

THE 3 THINGS YOU NEED FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE CLASS!

Thinking about trying a dance class? Here are the 3 things you will want to have a great start.

1.  Shoes! 

If you have decided which style of dance you would like to try you will want to check out the required style of dance shoes.

Ballet slippers for ballet, Paws for lyrical or contemporary, Jazz shoes for jazz, Tap shoes for tap and athletic shoes or high top sneakers for hip hop. If you haven't made a desicion about which styles you will be taking don't worry! You can always attend the first class in bare feet and the instructor can help you with your shoe needs when you have made your choice.

Ballet Slippers

Jazz Shoes

Tap Shoes


2. Proper dance clothing!

What does that mean?!? Again, it differs by dance style but in general clothing should be light, comfy and stretchy. 

Ballet dancers need a leotard and tights. Shirts or dance shorts are optional to wear over a leotard for a more modest look. Teachers need to be able to see a dancers posture and alignment. Heavy bulky clothing can hinder a ballet dancer.


Hip Hop, this one is easy! Wear any stretchy comfy stuff including leggings, t-shirts, sweat pants, tank tops and a flannel shirt tied around the waist to complete the look.

Jazz is typically practiced in black yoga/dance pants or dance shorts with tights underneath. Tops may be light and loose with a sports bra underneath.


3. Water bottle!

Getting creative, active, and connected in class can be a little tiring at first. Bring fresh water in a plastic bottle. Drink breaks are typically given once per class.

 

I heart high carb days!

Posted by Lindsay Huitt on May 5, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the last week I have been carb cycling. I won't go into depth now, but it is a way of tricking your body to burn stored fat for energy but manipulating your carb intake. For 3 days I eat only 70ish grams of carbs per day. Then I get one day of up to 200 grams of carbs before going back down again. (This is not advised unless your body is very lean, otherwise it will not lead to positive results). Today was my second high carb day and I really enjoyed the delicious bars you see pictured above. A simple banana and an extra serving of sweet potatoes feel like big indulgences.

With just 2 weeks to go the days are creeping by. I feel like the contest is all I can think about and practically all I do all day is some form of preparation for it. I cook meals, eat about 7 meals a day, count calories, carbs, protein and fat grams. As I type I am whitening my teeth. I have ordered everything I think I will need but I still need to get the broken clasp on my competition suit fixed and figure out my makeup. I am practicing my posing daily and it is becoming more comfortable. Stage presence is important and I know I can rock it if I am comfortable and confident with my poses.

When I am in my body sculpting class I love to push myself hard for the full hour but I find this hard to do at home. There are so many distractions and I get bored. But I need to lift and continue my cardio for the next 10 days and then that is it. There will be no more chances to workout. On Thursday and Friday before the show my instructions are to rest, no working out. There are so many strange tips like this, things you wouldn't guess. I am thankful for my coach, Lisa Ashy, to walk me through the instructions on dehydrating and proper carb intake. Tomorrow I will meet with her again to check my body fat and see what my plan will be for this next week.

For now I leave you with a recipe for my new favorite homemade protein bar!!

 

Pumpkin Protein Bars (From Jaime Eason's Live Fit Trainer)

1/4 cup Xylitol

4 oz Apple sauce

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla extract

4 large egg whites

1 - 15oz can of pumpkin

2 cups oat flour

2 scoops vanilla whey protein

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional, I don't personally use them)

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350

Spray a 9x13 glass pan with non stick spray (I use a little butter)

Combine the first 11 ingredients and mix well.

Add the final 3 ingredients and mix

Pour batter in pan and bake for 30min.

 

Makes 24 squares

 

Nutrition without nuts: 1 square = 47 calories, 0.7g fat, 8 grams carbs, 3.7g protein

With nuts: 63 calories, 2.3g fat, 8g carbs, 4g protein.

New Favorite Chili Recipe

Posted by Lindsay Huitt on March 11, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (1)

This chili is awesome! It's also bikini diet friendly and more interesting than a turkey patty or chicken breast. Try it and let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

 

2 - 2.5lbs extra lean ground turkey

1/2 - 1 cup chopped onions

1 tbsp. garlic powder

2 - 4oz cans of diced green chilies

1 - 15oz can organic black beans (drained)

1 - 15oz can of pinto beans or tri bean blend (drained)

2 - 14.5 oz cans organic diced tomatoes (do not drain)

1 - 15oz can tomato sauce

2 tbsp. chili powder

2 tbsp. white vinegar

3 tbsp. regular yellow mustard

2 tsp. Penzeys Tuscan Sunset or other herb blend

1 tbsp. cumin

1 tsp salt (I have something called BBQ salt that I love)

1/4 tsp black pepper

 

Directions:

 

In a large pot add onions and meat, sprinkle with garlic powder and cook until no longer pink.

 

Next add the green chilies, beans, tomatoes, and spices. Stir to combine.

 

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for about 10 minutes.

Makes 10 servings.  

Turkey Meatloaf "Muffin" Recipe

Posted by Lindsay Huitt on February 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

I have been enjoying these little meatloaves as they make an easy snack that is much more interesting than plain turkey or chicken. The original recipe says to put them in a muffin pan but I prefer to use a 1/3 measuring cup to scoop them into large meatballs.

Nutrition Info:

Calories: 80 per muffin/meatball

Fat: 2 gr

Carbs: 4 gr

Protein: 11 gr

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground turkey or chicken

3 egg whites

1 cup uncooked oats

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp dried thyme

2 tsp day yellow mustard

2 tsp black pepper

2 tsp chipotle pepper spice

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp. garlic powder (2 cloves minced)

1 small onion, finely chopped (I like red onions)

2 celery stalks, finely chopped

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Spray muffin pan or use an ungreased cookie sheet (I use my pampered check stoneware)

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl

Roll or scoop mixture into 12 balls about the size of a racquetball and place on pan.

Bake for 40 minutes

 

As a snack I eat 2 of these muffins. They are spicy, filling and very tasty!  Let me know what you think if you try them.  


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