Summer dance camp season will be here before you know it and you might be starting to wonder what you need to pack in your bag. Don't stress, we have 5 of the top must haves for camp this summer!
1. Start your day wearing layers! It's best to wear layers while you warm up so your muscles get loose faster. Stretch with layers on and take off as you need. The perfect morning outfit should include sweatpants, shorts, a bra top and a tank or sweatshirt. The perfect layering tank is the Ask Me About My Kix tank. This tank has a terrific fit with breathable and lightweight material.
2. Bring snacks! The nutrition goal for a dancer is to eat enough to support a rigorous day of dance while having enough energy available for the body to function. It's best to snack on small portions of crackers, fruit, applesauce or nuts while dancing for longer than an hour.
3. Be supportive and feel supported! Being friendly with your fellow class-takers, even if you don't know them yet, is the best way to break the ice and create friendships. It's also important to feel physically supported when you're constantly moving around at dance camp. Finding a top that is trendy and supportive is a hard combination to come upon. With the braided bra top, you won't have to worry about this anymore! This top is padded, lightweight and breathable, making it perfect for sweat.
4. Stay hydrated! This may seem obvious, but it's probably the most important! The goal is to drink 16 ounces of water in the hour before dance, 16 to 20 ounces of water every hour at dance and as much as you feel needed after dance. It's important to stay hydrated in order to energize your muscles.
5. Discover your own style! Choosing what to wear to dance can be hard! Who doesn't want to have the cutest apparel at camp?! Wearing a signature piece that distinguishes you from the rest is what every dancer wants. With the pow crop top, you can do just that.
With all these summer dance camp must haves packed, you are guaranteed to have the time of your life! For more trendy dancewear options, visit www.justforkix.com.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
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