“I’ve seen too many dancers with compression injuries, ACL tears and serious sprains,” says Everett Woods, founder and coach at Core Training Gymnastics Centre in Richmond Hill, “Many dancers don’t anticipate the pressure of the landings on the dance floor.” Woods explains that having the ability to create power while performing the skills and to absorb energy during landings is important. Not to mention having spatial awareness to see the point of contact – where their hands and feet belong.
One of the most desired and difficult moves for our dancers is the aerial (essentially a cartwheel in the air), where dancers have to build enough drive to lift off the ground while thrusting their back leg up over their bodies and pushing through their toes on the front. And they have to do it with style. It’s no small task. First they have to overcome the fear of falling face first on the hard ground. Then they need the coordination and physical preparedness to see it through. And finally, there’s the artistry to think about.
Once dancers can master the right technique, they’ll start seeing benefits all around. “Our students have said that their tumbling & core training has actually made them better dancers, cheerleaders and skaters. They strengthened the right muscles and worked on controlling their centre, which now helps them jump much higher than before.” While tumbling alone won’t make up for poor dance technique, it can sure give you the ‘wow’ factor.
Contact Core Training Gymnastics Centre for information on our Acro Tumbling Classes for dancers, cheerleaders and skaters.