The weather is getting colder in Ontario and as winter creeps in it’s important to stay warm. While most people will bundle in hats and scarves, dancers will need to be prepared to stay warm before, after, and during their dance classes in Toronto. Here are some great tips for how you can stay warm during dance class in the wintertime.

Do a Proper Warm-Up

A warm-up is always essential before you begin your dance class, but it is especially important during the winter. You should always get your body moving before you stretch because raising your core temperature can help loosen up your muscles so that you do not injure yourself. Warm-ups can be as simple as jogging around the studio or taking a brisk walk to class. After warming up your body you can perform dynamic stretches such as leg swings and foot prances or Pilates to fire up your hamstrings, core, glutes and abductors. However, you choose to stretch or warm up, make this a priority especially when you’re cold.

Mobilize Your Feet

Dance always requires foot work, so if you can’t feel your feet after walking through the snow, you’ll need to mobilize them to safely dance. If you normally find it difficult to get heat to your extremities during the winter, mobilizing them is a great solution. Give your feet a massage during your warm-up to stimulate blood flow and slowly move all your joints around to get them functioning again.

Hydrate

It is common for most people to drink less water when the weather is cold, but our bodies still need to stay hydrated during the winter. Remember to keep up your hydration throughout the day, especially if you are dancing often. Start off your morning with a tall glass of warm water with a squeeze of lemon and a little bit of organic apple cider vinegar. This will wake you up, warm you up, and get your body balanced to start your day.

Wear Extra Layers

Another way to help your body warm up for dance class is to dress in layers. Over your leotard, wear a dance sweater to keep your upper body warm and wear a pair of leg warmers or dance pants over your legs. Make sure your clothes are not too loose and not too tight so you can freely dance and move. As you get warmer during class, you can remove these layers.

Choose Appropriate Footwear

The type of shoes you wear to dance class during the winter mostly depends on the style of dance you are studying. If your dance class does not require shoes, wear warm socks before class to keep your feet warm until you arrive. When class begins, remove them to avoid slipping on the floor, but warm them in your hands with a quick massage if they feel cold.

Stay Warm with Performing Dance Arts

Winter’s here but that doesn’t mean your child has to hibernate at home. Dance classes are a great way for kids to stay active during the winter! Performing Dance Arts offers trained instructors with years of industry experience and skill, who care greatly about the progress and happiness of our students. Our children’s dance classes in Toronto and Etobicoke cater to all levels, so contact us today to enroll your child or learn more about our classes and programs.