I AM SO DONE

I have had somewhat of a revelation. I have been reflecting on the past academic year, and thinking about my plans and goals for the academic year just starting. This year didn’t go to plan for me. I spent the first two-thirds of the year working really hard towards the goal of getting on to…

31 Heartbreaking Moments All Dancers Have Experienced

Only realising the tip of the bobby has come off when you try to put it in your bun and it rips your hair out. Forgetting your skirt and having to take class feeling naked. Telling people you’re a dancer/ training to be a dancer and they reply with “Oh, like a dance teacher?” Thinking…

How to Catch Up in Your Dance Training

As you may know, I started my dance training much later than most. I took my first ever ballet lesson just before I turned 15. I danced a few times a week at local schools, and I didn’t start serious ballet training until I was 21. If you’re not sure how huge a difference that…

Does social media help or hinder young aspiring dancers?

I enjoy social media; most of my generation do, and those younger than me seem to like and use it even more. It is a great way to stay in touch with friends, make new ones and get inspiration. However, there’s no denying it’s a big distraction. With the progression of technology, we can now…

Self- Care Tips for Dancers

  Dance is incredibly demanding, especially at a serious level. As dancers, we not only give an incredible amount of mental and physical energy to what we do, but what we do also informs the rest of our lives. You can’t keep dance and life separate, because when you dance, it IS your life. When…

Dare to Dance is now on Facebook!

Just a quick one to let you all know that there is now a Facebook page for Dare to Dance- you can like the page here! How exciting!   Also make sure you’re following on Twitter and Instagram for updates and insights into my dance journey every day! -Jessica x

#wedaretodance; Standing Up for Accessibility in Dance

When I started this blog several years ago, and when I relaunched it recently as Dare to Dance, I had the idea that I wanted to document my dance journey, because I am taking an unusual route into my dance career. I started dancing much later than most, and didn’t begin serious training until adulthood….

Dance and Nutrition Part One: My Story

Dance and Nutrition: what an important topic. Dance is incredibly demanding- dancers train (at least) as hard as athletes, however as artists are required to maintain a certain line. (‘Line’ is how we often describe the shape of the body in dance, both in general and when in specific poses). I recently went to see…