Each month, we’re asking our expert staff and experienced faculty what they’ve been reading in their spare time. We’ll be sharing their top picks and commentary with you on our blog.
Here’s what Viktor Uygan, Balanced Body Master Instructor, has been reading about the benefits of Pilates for dancers.
Stressed? Try Activating Your Core
Core strengthening is essential to dance—a strong core means steadier balance, correctly supported extensions and controlled landings. Incorporating classic Pilates moves, such as teasers, helps to build up those key core muscles and improve overall strength. The added bonus? Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh recently uncovered that increased core strength is associated with stress relief!
6 Essential Pilates Exercises for Irish DancingPilates is often associated with ballet, but the focus on flexibility, balance, posture and endurance is beneficial to every type of dance. Irish dance requires overall strength and coordination—by incorporating Pilates into an overall fitness routine three times per week, Irish dancers tend to see overall improvement in technique. Try these 6 Pilates moves this week to make the most of your dancing.
What It’s Really Like to Be a Ballerina, By The Australian Ballet’s Lana JonesInStyle UK goes behind the scenes of Australian Lana Jones’ life to discover what it’s really like to be a prima ballerina. Lana discusses the intricacies of professional ballet as well as the physical and emotional demands it takes to remain stage-ready. She credits Pilates for keeping her in shape off-stage—she practices for an hour each day.