Sunday = funday

Hey! Monday is here and it feel grrrrreat! I am still excited after yesterday… Feels so relieving to be back teaching and working. Almost all classes are back on. Only Move2Dance left.

Team Upgrade and Team Levels had their first classes for the semester yesterday. It was so great to see my girls again and I my goodness I felt like a little grandma… My chickens are getting taller, they are growing up and they have all developed their dancing skills. My goodness I’m proud… It was so exciting to see new faces also. Our sisterhood is growing!
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I feel greatly sore in my legs today. But I think I’m going to take a visit to the gym. I feel like giving myself that treat …And then eat pizza afterwards! Or Burger King… Haven’t decided yet.

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FLEX-ibility

Friday is down to it’s final minutes. I’ve had my classes at FLEX and I felt gooooood. What is it to say, really? A few nails almost broke in the 5-6 y/o class when we were doing gymnastics – some are bendable now… Ouch! I can’t imagine not working at Flex, like what? It’s so obvious! I really, truly love it! To be honest guys, I’m really tired so giving you tons of details of today will only end of being a speech of gibberish. Though I’m looking forward on getting back to my boss tomorrow – it seems like we might get together a Hiphop crew for competitions that will represent Flex. Cross your fingers!


 

Thursday surprises

Yesterday was both great and.. and things got totally unacceptably weird. My care for my students safety became very clear yesterday. When I say safety, then I mean emotional safety. Of course it was important before, but yesterday it really became in my face. I am not going to go into detail of what exactly happened. But what I’m going to focus on is I’m really grateful that things became so clear as they did yesterday – this means we understand each other better, my girls knows how I resonate plus what is okay vs not okay. I will set some ground rules so we all have a solid safe foundation to stand on. 
Yesterday I had a private lesson and then class with Team Advanced. I’ve noticed I’m getting a bit harder and stricter – not in a mean or an uncomfortable way though. But it feels like I’m getting more things done now. I’m developing! Meeting my girls was great, there were a couple ones that were on a try-out for the Team. They are both cute and hopefully we’ll have these two different talents and interesting personalities in our group.

I will soon be on my way to FLEX. Friday love! Their second week for the semester… It’s nice to be on the go again. Well, I’m off! Still wearing my “Nap Queen” sweatshirt, so that needs to change. Talk to you guys later.

Classy backpacks for dance class

A few days until Christmas! Wonderful, isn’t it? Yesterday I wrote a post about what to always have in your bag when you go to a dance class. If you haven’t read it, I’ll link it at the bottom. I really advocate is backpacks and I’m guessing you’re not into this look. The big mistake I often make is that I use too many different bags and if you’re like me… You won’t plan ahead to pack your bag hours before your class. Which will lead to that I’m stressing around like a wild chicken trying to get everything 5 minutes before I need to go.

Where do I want to come with this? Well I have picked out some nice classy brand backpacks for you guys (not sponsored). Because of four reasons.

1. Let’s get some real quality that we will be proud of wearing.
2. Since it’s better quality, it will last and look new/good way longer.
3. You’ll feel more structured to only have one bag for your classes.
4. You will probably be more careful with it (by keeping it where you won’t forget where it is and where it’s safe).

Let’s start!

Calvin Klein

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Gray 1195SEK HERE / White 1095SEK HERE

Enter Accessories 

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Black 1357SEK HERE / White 1943SEK HERE / Gray 771SEK HERE


Moschino

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Black 1675SEK HERE / White 2095SEK HERE


Micheal Kors

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Pink 3095SEK HERE / Black 2995SEK HERE

On purpose I’ve chosen bags that aren’t that big, because then you won’t risk bringing too many stuff with you that will be heavy for your back. But the list should fit just fine. Besides that, wouldn’t it be amazing to be the owner to one of these? I’m specially in-love with the white one from Enter. Now these cost quite a lot, I’m aware. But I will do another about classy backpacks on a budget too. I’m going to find some real bargains for you.

Want my special made what-to-bring list for dance class? Click HERE.

Talk to you sugars soon!

Dance class – What is in your bag

Time for a dance class. How fun right? Being prepared and be fully covered when you come and leave the studio is a nice feeling. But sometimes it is hard to know what to bring so the bag ain’t getting too heavy or your missing something when you’re there. At least I think so. I have a list and I thought – why not share it. Might help someone getting more structure. If you have your own list. Feel free to speak up, of course!

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Backpack
I am very careful with my back. Which I should since I got scoliosis and nerv damages – a real party combo. But I think in general wearing a backpack is a great easy way to prevent your back to hurt you in the long run. 

Water bottle
This one must’ve come as a chock to all of you… 

Fruit/dark chocolate
Go natural. There are healthier options than protein bars. 

Indoor shoes
It is not really respectful to use your everyday shoes in the dance studio. You bring in dirt and small rocks that have gotten stuck on the sole. Have some indoor shoes you use specially for dancing.

Plastic bag
Hopefully you’ve been sweating after giving your all on that class. You don’t want your sweaty clothes to wet your bag right? Put it all in the plastic bag and you’re good. 

Extra underwear
The ones you’ve been using during class will most likely be sweaty and if you keep wearing them the sweat will get cold. Not a nice feeling and it’s not good for your muscles either, plus you have a high risk of getting sick. At least that is my experience.  

Dance attire
Have a different outfit when dancing then the one you’re leaving in. In class, wear what makes you comfortable, uh duh. If you don’t know, some guidelines I go after is to combine tight with baggy or layer on layer.

Deodorant
I always want to shower at home and then put on my PJ’s. But if you are one of those who shower directly – bring a towel also. But either way, bring a deodorant. For everyones sake. 

Bandage
This should be in EVERY dancers bag ALWAYS. This little wrapper who weights nothing could be the reason you get to dance after a week and not like two months of injury. 

Painkillers or tiger balm
Could always come in handy if you strain yourself or did some too ambitious move. 

Bobby pins + elastic ties
Of course they’ll break or disappear if you don’t bring extra. 

Phone + charger
You’ll have this in your bag anyway but have specially your phone ready. Maybe your teacher let you film the choreography in class. Then ask another student record it on your phone when you dance. Let it be charged so the quality of the video is as good as possible. In that way you can se how you performed – what you want to work on and what you did well. Ask the teacher what the name of the song+artist and note it on your phone.

Headphones
Go through the choreography in your head as soon as possible. Listen to the song – feeeeeeel it and do those weird hand movements when you “think-dance”, so people wonder what the fudge is wrong with you… Take a minute to analyze what you’re teacher taught you this class and what you developed. (If you feel very ambitious, write it down in your phone.)

Pen
A pen is your friend. Always have a pen in that bag.

This is what I go for and what I recommend. Maybe this list will change in the future, but so far it hasn’t been one thing I haven’t needed or haven’t used. So for me, this is complete!


In collaboration with Elly Pistol
Pants HERE / Cropped Hoodie HERE

 

 

The teacher’s favorites

Today is a good day and I want to discuss with you dancers a topic that has bothered me for a long time. If you are participating in a workshop or even a higher level dance class then you may have experienced that in the end your teacher divide the students into groups. Nothing wrong with that – more space to dance and you get to see the choreography more properly when others perform it, plus you get more used to have eyes on you when dancing. We are all good so far. But now, here is the thing. Have you ever experienced that after a few rounds of groups the teacher picks out specific dancers in the class and says, “I want to see her, him, you, you and her”?

Now there are pros and cons with everything and I’m sure that the teacher’s doing this believes they have a good reason. That’s also why I am writing this post – I want to discuss, I want to understand, I want to make my opinion heard because to be honest. I think my opinions are pretty dang great.

I’m not that negative. I can see why this could be a good thing. When a choreographer teaches us dancers his or her choreography – it is our job to make the choreographer’s vision come true. In this way, taking out “the favourites” is a way of showing people who succeeded and inspire of more ways to make the vision come to life. Also, it is a way of preparing dancers of the rough path of working in the dance business. Because you will get so many no’s and in this way you’ll probably get more used to it. I mean, it might get less traumatized. You’ll might even get that extra push and motivation to hunt that yes.

Well even though it could be a good hunt for some, it most likely breaks some confidence for many more. Imagine really enjoying a class and doing your best, then when it time to the teacher’s pick – you weren’t good enough. At least, that’s often what pops into a dancer’s head when that happens. Dancing is an art, everyone has they´re own journey and it shouldn’t be up to a teacher to say who is the “best” since no one really can be. Since everyone is developing in different areas and in different paces. The picking and choosing easily creates a wall between the students – who is the best and the ones who was not picked.

In my opinion it doesn’t matter if I am in the position of being picked or standing on the side, it still doesn’t feel okay. The students are cheering, clapping and supporting everyone. Which is lovely! But looking closely there are always many faces that effuse disappointment and some even get a bit chocked for not getting picked. Even though everyone tries to hide it. Of course, all students have a wish to get picked. Who wouldn’t be flattered of that confirmation from their teacher? But does it belong in a class/workshop where you should get a deeper love for this wonderful art of movement? Where you should leave inspired and become one step closer to be a greater dancer? From my point of view as a teacher, I don’t think so.

There are other ways of doing this. Give your dancers feedback to genuinely become better, make several small groups so everyone get picked, have audition workshops/classes so everyone who actually wants to get the experience and knowledge gets it. Be pedagogical and make your studio walls a safe environment filled with inspiration, sharing of knowledge, feedback, providing challenges and a joy for dance. Everyone can more than they know if they have the right help and the right mindset, so give your student’s at least a good platform to start at. They deserve it.

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