Leotards, tights, and tutu’s are not the warmest of costumes and we all know that dancing cold is not the way to dance at your best. Often competitions are held at community halls, schools and small theatres where heating systems can be temperamental and large spaces hard to heat well. When your body is cold the blood vessels in your extremities (arms, legs, feet) constrict to keep your torso and vital organs warm. This is your body’s way of ensuring you stay alive if you were stuck out in the snow. However, it’s not so great if you want to get up on stage and dance. Our body also doesn’t like frequent changes in temperature such as going from a warm dressing room to a cold foyer or side stage.
When your body is cold, the messages to your arms and feet are slow down so you can’t move quickly and your coordination is impaired, the blood can’t get to your muscles to oxygenate them so they can work properly and your body tightens up reducing your flexibility and increasing the risk of injury.
Chookas for all your up coming competitions!