Competition Season Begins

Costumes have arrived, choreography is finished and the dancers are ready!

Competition season is such a special time that dancers, dance teachers and studio owners all prepare for 6 months or more in some cases. No matter the trophy that is awarded or score, or special award that is given, I am always so amazed at my students and how far they can grow in a short period of time. I see them and their hard work, the heart that they put into the choreography and the hope that a judge will see them, that they will validate everything that have been through to get where they are. Please know that your dance educators see you, your family and friends see you and we are so proud of you!

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Injury Prevention for Dancers

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I wanted to share this Infographic! Injuries sometimes happen to dancers. Do you how to prevent injuries? Or when you have an injury how do you communicate with your doctor about them? Don’t be afraid to ask your dance teacher questions about proper technique and training. Everything we do is to support your growth and prevent injury so utilize our knowledge.

Did you notice that there is an increase of injuries as dancers get older? Why do you think that is? If you look you will see that lower extremity injuries are more common with the ankle being the most vulnerable. Make sure you pay attention to your alignment when you are at the barre doing your warmups to make sure your knees are bending over your toes. It doesn’t just stop at the knees though, you have to be aware of everything, even your feet! In paying close attention to your alignment, you will train your body to have the correct technique when it is time to dance in the center and a high prevention of injuries.

I Weigh…

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I came across this movement on Instagram and instantly connected with it’s mission and message. No one is defined by the number on a scale, you are worth more. These are just a few things I jotted down in the moment at 12 a.m. when I first saw this. Please share and feel free to make your own! #iweigh

Here are some similar examples of images and words that I had produced a couple of months ago. I am sharing the message of self love and accepting our bodies are they are.

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Competition season is coming

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Competition season is fast approaching and that means tons of organization on my part to make sure I have caregivers for my kids while I am away every weekend. From planning meals (even for myself!), and times I will be home and away, everything has to be planned. How do you stay organized with your busy schedule? Do you use technology? Or do you stick to the old pen and calendar? I use a bit of both; it helps to have some things electronic to send to the important supporters in my life to keep the lines of communication open and clear! What works best for you?

A letter to myself – 10 years younger

Dear Kendra,

I know things may seem very overwhelming right now. Your father has been sick in the hospital for a few weeks now and tomorrow will be the hardest day of your life. Even though this day will change the person you are and echo throughout your life forever, I know want you to know in the coming months your family will be there for you and you will be strong. Don’t worry about the time it takes to grieve, take as much as you need; even though it seems like the process never ends. Take comfort in your friends and use dance as a tool to work your way through this dark time. Dance will become the safe place you can go to, when nothing else makes sense.

As you get older you will realize that you inherited your sense of humour from your father and you will remember his carefree attitude as a reminder that sometimes you could lighten up a little as well. You will carry your father in your heart and you will take him with you in all your travels and to all the amazing places in the world that you will visit. You will take care of your mother, though she doesn’t really need you to, she has shown you what it means to be a strong woman and you two will have a stronger, deeper relationship with her because of this experience. You will think of him everyday and you and your family will carry on his memory at every family gathering; remembering the good times.

Your father always believed life is what you make it … And Kendra… you WILL make life what you want it to be

Take care and be kind to yourself.

Love,

Kendra
February 20, 2011

 

Teaching Dance!

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Back to School

It`s back to school for a lot people and most importantly dancers!!

I am teaching another year, but the added challenge is that I am teaching preschoolers. I am taking this new endeavor very seriously and I want to do it right. I want my classes to be fun and educational for all ages.

So I start with the research hunt. I turn to resources that I have acquired through workshops that I have taken, I use the internet and search the library.

Here is a link to an article that I received at a workshop that I took through PAEC last year and I find it very helpful: http://www.dancestudiolife.com/2009/01/little-kids-big-challenges/

I would love to hear any feedback from other teachers. What do you use for your students that are entering dance under the age of 5?

Today’s Inspiration

The Sun Will Come Out…

It might be raining outside today, but inside at rehearsal tonight – it will be about the sun! We are finishing the last the finale piece today and the inspiration is the sun. So closer your eyes and feel the light and the warmth. It’s coming!

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Rehearsal today with all the Kinetic Elements crew. Thinking about the shapes today that I want to create, the stories that I want to tell and how I want it to end. Here is some inspiration for today for the Mars section of Eternal Eclipse.

For more information on dates and times please visit www.kineticelementsdance.com

Right Time, Right Place

 

Sometimes I find if you try to force things to happen, they usually don’t go the way you want them to.

I love it when things come together naturally, organically without much force. Not to say that you shouldn’t work hard to get results, but you have to know when to stop pushing and when to push through.

I think I am pushing too hard. It is good to recognize these times.